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Hot Shots! & Hot Shots! Part Deux
Episode 2146th July 2023 • Verbal Diorama • Verbal Diorama
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Another Nanorama (episodes slightly shorter, but focusing on interesting titbits of information) on the history and legacy of Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft's follow-up to the wildly successful Airplane! and The Naked Gun...

Hot Shots! prime target for spoofing was Top Gun, but despite the material being right there, writing it turned into a potential life-imitating-art situation, when tensions started to build in the Gulf, and in the summer of 1990, Iraq (led by Saddam Hussein) invaded Kuwait, leading to a real US-led military coalition to liberate Kuwait. In the meantime, 20th Century Fox had already committed to filming at the start of 1991, with a plan to shelve the movie if things in the Gulf didn't improve...

Obviously, the movie was released, as planned, and it led to Hot Shots! Part Deux, but the issue then was what to spoof next. There was no Top Gun sequel, but 80s action stars had been turning to comedy in recent years, with varying degrees of success. For every Twins, there was a Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Speaking of Sylvester Stallone....

I would love to hear your thoughts on Hot Shots! & Hot Shots! Part Deux !



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