“Hot Shots!” is a comedic parody film directed by Jim Abrahams. The film follows the story of Topper Harley (played by Charlie Sheen), 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||Jim Abrahams|
|Produced by||Bill Badalato
|Written by||Jim Abrahams
|Starring||Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Jon Cryer, Kevin Dunn, Bill Irwin, Lloyd Bridges, William O'Leary,|
|Music by||Sylvester Levay|
|Edited by||Jane Kurson
Eric A. Sears
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date||July 31, 1991|
|Running time||84 minutes|
|Box office||$181.1 million|