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“Hot Shots!” is a comedic parody film directed by . The film follows the story of Topper Harley (played by ), a former Navy pilot who is recruited by the US government to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear power plant in Iraq. Along the way, he must deal with his personal demons, including a troubled relationship with a fellow pilot and his father's legacy as a legendary pilot.

The film is a spoof of popular action films such as “Top Gun” and “Rambo”, and features a number of comedic set pieces and visual gags.


The film received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 83% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The critical consensus reads: “A wacky, irreverent spoof of airplane disaster movies, Hot Shots! delivers plenty of gags and a handful of memorable moments.”


The film was not a major awards contender and did not receive any significant nominations or wins.


The film was a commercial success, grossing over $180 million worldwide against a budget of $26 million. It has since become a cult classic and is often cited as one of the best parody films of the 1990s. Its success led to a sequel, “Hot Shots! Part Deux”, which was released in 1993.

Directed by
Produced by Bill Badalato
Pat Proft
Written by
Pat Proft
Starring , , , , , , , ,
Music by Sylvester Levay
Cinematography Bill Butler
Edited by Jane Kurson
Eric A. Sears
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date July 31, 1991
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26 million
Box office $181.1 million

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