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My favorite scene from Top Secret is when Val Kilmer is being flogged, passes out, has that familiar nightmare that he's back in school and hasn't studied for finals (I have that dream constantly) wakes up and remembers that he's being tortured, and breathes a visible sigh of relief.
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Love that scene. It actually came down to posting that one or this, but I went with the boots for the short & sweet factor.
It's been forever since I've seen this but I think my favorite part is when they're playing tic tac toe by shooting out the windows and then someone jumps on the grenade and everybody but the guy who jumped on it blows up instead.
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This was probably my least favorite of the Zucker-Brothers-When-They-Were-Good era, which I believe ended with Naked Gun 33 and a Third.. one of them went on to make a whole bunch of Scary Movies and I think the other one became a right wing turd I believe.. what happened to Madison Wisconsin and the Kentucky Fried Theatre guys?!?
I don't get it. Is Val Kilmer's character supposed to be stupid or something? I understand that he's sneaking in to someplace, and that he was startled by those boots, but as soon as he looked up - like, THE MOMENT he looked up - any reasonable person would have seen that the pair of boots was empty. What's with the slow pan and three or four seconds of visible fear?
Also, if Val was sneaking into a place, wouldn't he have, I dunno, looked through the fence to make sure the coast was clear? The boots were right there in front of him! He should have seen them straight away, and known they were there the whole time!
It's my goal in life to some day watch either Naked Gun or Top Secret with Evilhomer and film the commentary. I'm good at making popcorn!
To explain the joke further, it's a parody of a common war-film trope where the people escaping the Nazi camp or whatever would be crawling along only to encounter the boots of a soldier who then promptly captures them or whatever.
But what makes this a joke, rather than a standard war movie scene, is that there is no soldier in those boots to actually capture Val Kilmer. So you see, he assumed the worst (and so did the viewers) upon seeing the boots -- that he was about to be captured -- but it turns out that he misread the cues.
Additionally, it is unlikely that a pair of boots would simply be standing in a field like that, which adds to the absurdity and humor of the scene.
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