Hot Shots!

Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn and Jon Cryer. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, co-director of Airplane!, another parody, and was written by Abrahams and Pat Proft.

Plot summary

Hot Shots has been described as "Top Gun meets Airplane!". The film begins at Flemner Air Base 20 years ago. A pilot named Leeland "Buzz" Harley (Bill Irwin) loses control of his plane and ejects, leaving his co-pilot Dominic "Mailman" Farnum (Ryan Stiles) to crash alone; although Mailman survives, he is mistaken for a deer owing to the branches stuck to his helmet and is shot by a hunter. Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) wakes up from a nightmare he has about this event when Lieutenant Commander Block (Kevin Dunn) asks him to return to active duty as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. This poses a dilemma for Harley, as he previously left the Navy to live with Native Americans.

Harley becomes romantically involved with his therapist, a woman named Ramada (Valeria Golino), although she is already involved with another top gun pilot (Cary Elwes). He hates Topper because of the loss of his father to Buzz Harley and believes Topper may do the same to him. Amidst the chaos, the owner of an aerospace firm is trying to sabotage the mission in order to make the current fighter jets look bad in hopes that the Navy will replace them with his German-made jets. However, Topper Harley successfully completes the mission to destroy a nuclear power plant despite his jet's malfunctioning armament.

What is perhaps the most iconic scene in the film depicts former Middle-Eastern dictator Saddam Hussein, relaxing on a lounge chair beside a swimming pool and sipping a drink in a tall glass through a straw. Suddenly a bomb, nearly one metre in length, falls out of the sky and into his lap, much to his surprise. (This scene has been cut in Malaysian reruns of the film on Star Movies.)



Hot Shots was both a critical and commercial success, grossing over $180 million worldwide and tallying 81% positive reviews on review-collection website Rotten Tomatoes.


In 1993, a sequel was released, Hot Shots! Part Deux, which parodied action genre, primarily the Rambo films. Jim Abrahams returned as director, as did Charlie Sheen, Valeria Golino and Lloyd Bridges, all of whom reprised their roles from the first film, as well as Jerry Haleva as Saddam Hussein, who had a larger role in the sequel. Ryan Stiles returns in a new role. The film also starred Richard Crenna, Rowan Atkinson and Miguel Ferrer. Unlike the well-received Hot Shots!, reviews for the sequel were mixed. Nonetheless, Part Deux was still a financial success at the box office, grossing over $130 million worldwide.


The planes that make an appearance in the movie are:


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