Top Secret!

Top Secret! (1984)

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Corrected entry: During the scene in the cafe when Nick convinces everyone he is not Mel Torme, everyone is dancing along with him. It's obvious during one of the shots the men dancing on tables are swinging 'dummies' instead of real women. (01:07:20)


Correction: This is a deliberate part of the film, to make it look ridiculous.

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Corrected entry: After Dr. Flammond has been bailed out, a patrol car attacks the Resistance members. Chocolate Mousse fires at it and blows a tyre out but, after the whole crew has climbed aboard (without changing the tire first), the car moves off at full speed with the only wobbles in its drive being conditioned by the rough terrain.

Correction: The car was also blown up in a huge fireball but escapes virtually unscathed. It's a joke, part of the film - they even point out that the indestructible car is due to the fact that 'The Germans make such great cars!'

Correction: The other joke there is that it zoomed in on the Pinto badge on the car... The Pinto was, of course, somewhat legendary for catching fire in even fairly low speed collisions under specific circumstances. The meta joke there is that the Pinto was American, not German.

Corrected entry: Much of the German in the film is actually Yiddish, a type of German dialect spoken primarily by Ashkenazic Jews.

Correction: All the German I heard sounded like regular German.

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Corrected entry: Immediately after the underwater fight scene, Hillary stops the bike to watch Nick exit the water. He shakes his wet head, camera switches to Hillary, back to Nick, and his hair and clothes are quite dry. (01:23:15)

Correction: That's exactly the point. They filmed Val Kilmer walking backwards into the lake and printed it in reverse to show him emerging bone dry and perfectly groomed from a vicious fight - it's a send up of films that show movie heroes able to do just that.

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Continuity mistake: When Nick is singing "Spend This Night with Me", he brings up a girl from the audience. Watch the background. When it shows another girl from the audience, in the next shot, you can see a speaker that wasn't there before. Moreover, when he picks the girl, we can see that there isn't anyone at her left side. But a few seconds earlier she was sitting between two girls (the one at her left was wearing a white shirt). (00:42:05)


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Trivia: Val Kilmer sang all of his own parts in this film. That fact was a contributing factor to his being offered the role of Jim Morrison in "The Doors."

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Chosen answer: The actors were weighted down with lead plates. Oxygen tanks were kept just out of picture, and the actors used them to breathe between takes. The takes were short enough to allow the actors to hold their breath through them. The short takes were then cut together to appear as one long fight. Sound effects were added post-production.

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