Hot Shots!

1991, Comedy, 1h 25m

24 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Hot Shots! hits most of its parodic targets with aplomb, excelling as a daffy good time thanks to inspired gags and Charlie Sheen's crack comedic timing. Read critic reviews

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In this spoof of "Top Gun," former U.S. Navy pilot Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) is haunted by an accident in which his father lost control of a fighter jet. When Lt. Cmdr. James Block (Kevin Dunn) asks Topper to come out of retirement and help him complete a classified mission, Topper returns to active duty against the advice of his psychiatrist (Valeria Golino) and soon discovers that he may be a pawn in a devious arms manufacturing conspiracy.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Sheen
Lt. Topper Harley, Rhett Butler, Superman
Cary Elwes
Lt. Kent Gregory
Valeria Golino
Ramada Thompson, Scarlett O'Hara, Lois Lane
Lloyd Bridges
Adm. Thomas "Tug" Benson
Kevin Dunn
Lt. Cmdr. James Block
Jon Cryer
Jim "Wash Out" Pfaffenbach
William O'Leary
Pete "Dead Meat" Thompson
Pat Proft
Executive Producer
Jim Abrahams
Screenwriter
Pat Proft
Screenwriter
Sylvester Levay
Original Music
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Jane Kurson
Film Editor
Eric A. Sears
Film Editor
William A. Elliott
Production Design
Greg Papalia
Art Director
Jerie Kelter
Set Decoration
Mary Malin
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Hot Shots!

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Audience Reviews for Hot Shots!

  • Mar 23, 2021
    Some great gags to be sure but the out of the blue jingoistic finale almost completely derails the movie.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2015
    one of the better spoofs out there, Sheen makes for an excellent Tom Cruise in this take on Top Gun. The film jumps from joke to joke with total ease and should be a blue print to future filmmakers attempting such genre films. The sequel had a hard time topping this one.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2014
    <i>Top Gun</i> takes a turn for the funny in Jim Abrahams' <i>Hot Shots!</i>.<p>Flying in at 80+ minutes of screen time, the comedic spoof of a story manages to keep itself together with all the senseless antics. Much like any other comedy, the humor is hit and miss; however, <i>Hot Shots</i> does manage a good number of laughs, as it should with the constant barrage of senseless comedy written into the script.</p><p>The brain doesn't have to function at a high level to pick up on the fun. At the same time, a lot of it is easily relatable without having to be high on pop culture.</p><p>The faces of Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino, and Cary Elwes, among others, do what they have to do in a film of this caliber. Lloyd Bridges is the star of the show. If there are laughs to be had, it is at his expense.</p><p><i>Hot Shots!</i> is a comedic quickie and a relaxing sit through. Nothing more, nothing less.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2013
    One of the funniest spoof films ever made, Hot Shots! lampoons some of the most popular films of the '80s. Basically a parody of Top Gun, ace pilot Topper Harley is recruited and trained for a top secret mission, but is haunted by his past. Starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, and Lloyd Bridges, the cast is full of solid comedic talent. In addition to Top Gun, there are parodies of Dances With Wolves, Superman, Rocky, and 9 1/2 Weeks. The writing is particularly good; it does a great job at transitioning into parodies and knows just how far to take the goofball humor. A smart and hilarious comedy, Hot Shots! is full of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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