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Hot Shots! | 1991 | Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes

In the same vein as Airplane! and the Naked Gun series, Jim Abrahams’ comedy is an affectionate parody of Top Gun and An Officer and a Gentleman , with pastiches from, among other titles, 9½ Weeks , Gone with the Wind and The Fabulous Baker Boys . Charlie Sheen plays Lt Topper Hadley, ace of flying aces, needed to wipe out a nuclear installation in a hostile counrty. He finds himself in conflict with Lt Kent Greogry (Cary Elwes) in the air and on the ground for the love of psychiatrist Ramada Thompson, while more comic relief comes from Lloyd Bridges as Thomas ‘Tug’ Benson, the dimwitted admiral in charge of them all.

cast
Charlie Sheen as Lt. Topper Harley / Rhett Butler / Superman
Cary Elwes as Lt. Kent Gregory
Valeria Golino as Ramada Thompson / Scarlett O’Hara / Lois Lane
Lloyd Bridges as Adm. Thomas ‘Tug’ Benson
Kevin Dunn as Lt. Cmdr. James Block
Jon Cryer as Jim ‘Wash Out’ Pfaffenbach
William O’Leary as Pete ‘Dead Meat’ Thompson
Kristy Swanson as Kowalski
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Wilson
Bill Irwin as Buzz Harley
Heidi Swedberg as Mary Thompson
Bruce A. Young as ‘Red’ Herring
Ryan Stiles as ‘Mailman’ Farnham
Rino Thunder as Owatonna ‘The Old One’
Mark Arnott as Rosener
Ryan Cutrona as Capt. Margolis
Bill Laimbeer as Himself

crew
Director: Jim Abrahams
Script: Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft

US | 84 minutes | 1991

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