Film / Hot Shots! Part Deux

Topper: Why did you have to come here now? Of all the missions in all the jungles in the world, you had to come walking into this one.
Ramada: Oh Topper, I tried to stay away, I thought I was never going to see you again, that you were out of my life. But it's a sequel, I had to come.

Hot Shots! Part Deux is the 1993 sequel to Hot Shots!.

The movie did for Rambo what the original did for Top Gun. This time the story is a near perfect recreation of Rambo III, where Topper has resigned himself to an Asian monk village. His commanding officer Colonel Walters arrives to recruit him for a rescue mission to save American hostages from Saddam Hussein. Topper refuses, but when Walters is captured on the following rescue attempt, Topper agrees to go in and rescue everyone.

The sequel contains examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: After running out of arrows (all trying to hit just one guy who is completely oblivious to him) Topper improvises with a nearby chicken.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Inverted; Topper's sword breaks when it hits a wax candle.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Topper refuses to leave the Buddhist monastery and join the hostage rescue team, because he is still sulking over his breakup with Ramada. He signs up, though, when Walters is captured.
  • Action Hero: Played for Laughs with Topper. He kills hundreds of Iraqi soldiers with his M-60 and makes use of some utterly hilarious weapons such as loose bullets and a chicken.
  • Amusing Injuries: The Running Gag of Benson having sustained many of those in the past continues.
  • Arrow Cam: In a spoof of a certain scene in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Topper uses a chicken as an arrow to shoot at an enemy soldier. It worked.
  • Artistic License – Geography:
    • Played for laughs, with the American strike team infiltrating a prison compound in the Iraqi jungles.
    • At one point, a map of the Middle East is shown, with a large portion of eastern Iraq marked as a separate country. It is bordered on one side by "Iraq" and on the other by "A Hard Place".
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: In just as full force in the sequel; at one point a startled guard yells out "I'll have a hamburger!" in a thick accent. Later on, a group of not-Iraqis sounds like they're yelling in a foreign language; in fact, they're actually arguing with one another in English over who is following who, but speaking it really fast and with their voices overlapping so it sounds like a different language.
    • During the patrol boat conflict, its captain calls out "Omar Sharif" after seeing Topper stepping atop what's left of the fishing boat.
  • Aside Glance: After Ramada tells Topper how she envisions their potential relationship (see Ask a Stupid Question... below).
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Awesomely subverted!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Saddam Hussein can melt down and reconstitute himself like the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
    • Hussein and President Benson duel with lightsabers.
  • Auto Erotica: Based on No Way Out.
  • Battle Cry: Parodied.
    [as soldiers are jumping out of a plane]
    Soldier 1: GERONIMOOOOOO!
    Soldier 2: GERONIMOOOOOO!
    Geronimo: MEEEEE!
  • Betty and Veronica: Topper is the Archie, Ramada is the Betty, and Michelle is the Veronica.
  • BFG: "That's a hell of a gun."
  • Bloodless Carnage:
    • Lampshaded later on in the form of the various ridiculous weapons used to silently take down the guards, including a literal Rocket Punch launcher, a mallet on the end of a sniper rifle, and two extended fingers mounted on a rifle's bayonet lug.
    • Topper misses every single shot with his bow during an attempt to take down a random Mook, only to then hit him with a chicken. And he also "kills" some guys by merely throwing empty shell casings at them with his hand.
  • Body-Count Competition: Spoofed by comparing a shootout scene to the body counts of other action movies, ending with "BLOODIEST MOVIE EVER". The numbers flashing up are high and were mostly just made up. The actual bodycount of 114 really was a record for a western action movie (using a very loose definition of "action movie") at the time, although they're bloodless.
  • Bottomless Magazines:
    • Used as well as hilariously subverted. While on board a patrol boat, when Topper fires so much ammo that he's buried up to his waist in shell casings and the boat starts sinking from the weight.
    • Running up an insane body count far beyond the ammo he should have on him, Topper runs out only to see a group of bad guys gather behind him. Seeing a stockpile of loose bullets, he throws a handful at them with equal effectiveness.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • One of DVD releases cuts out all of the funny foreplay and the sex scene between Topper and Michelle, similarly to how the 9½ Weeks-inspired foreplay scene from the first film was cut out from some television broadcasts.
    • One television broadcast cut out the chicken-arrow scene.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Topper to Harbinger when he's wary of a mole on the strike team.
    Topper: I'm not saying that I don't trust you or that I do trust you, but I don't.
  • The Cameo: Bob Vila appears as the man installing insulation in Topper's hut.
  • Cardboard Prison: One of the prisoners slips completely through the bars to grab the keys to unlock his door.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Martin and Charlie Sheen recognize each other—though as former co-stars, not as father and son.
    Both: I loved you in Wall Street!
  • Censor Shadow: When Michelle ascends to the diving board above her bed during the sex scene, she is wearing nothing but a pair of panties. But her nudity is hidden by the dim lighting.
  • Character as Himself: Saddam Hussein.
  • Clothing Damage: Ramada rips part of her shirt off to make a bandage for one of the male soldiers, so several other soldiers also start faking nonexistent cuts and injuries to get her to rip more of her shirt off.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: President Benson—even more so than in the first film.
  • Credits Gag: Many of them in the closing credits, including the Trope Namer for All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game".
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Parodied with Chinese finger cuffs.
  • Death as Comedy/Death of the Hypotenuse: Dexter's fate.
    Topper: He really was a wiener.
    Ramada: Don't get me started.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Now, I will kill you until you die from it!"
  • Designated Girl Fight: Ramada and Michelle, complete with the reverse treadmill, joust event, and theme music from American Gladiators.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Michelle explains why she's The Mole by way of a Motive Rant that explains she's got a vendetta with Ramada that reaches high levels of sadomasochist Psycho Lesbian context... and then she explains that her beef is because Ramada overtightened her bungee rig back in college. Everybody else (that is male) gets flabbergasted at that.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: A running gag in the monk village, where all of the celibate monks keep being distracted by a beautiful woman waltzing through their village, to amusingly painful results. By the end of the scene, they've stopped what they're doing and are lined up attempting to impress her, and after one of the attempts you can even hear her call out "Next!"
  • Double Entendre: "You give Uncle Topper a nice big blow."
  • Dual Wielding: Not-Saddam dual-wields machine pistols with Bottomless Magazines at the beginning of the move as he blindly rampages through the front yard.
  • Electric Torture: Parodied by having it cause a Big Blackout and pop popcorn inside the guy's shirt.
  • Emergency Cargo Dump: After the rescue mission, a couple of navy helicopters are used by soldiers and agents to escape from pursuit by Iraqi forces. When the pilot reports their chopper is carrying too much weight, there is an absurdist slapstick stunt as the heroes drop a grand piano on Saddam to lighten the chopper's load.
  • Enemy Mine: Topper and a random Iraqi soldier team up to take on the Energizer Bunny.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Doubly subverted as radio operator simply writes down, “Dit dit dah, dit dah dit,” but nevertheless understands the message—which makes sense, since he is a military radio operator.
  • Fartillery: An enemy boat appears overhead above President Benson and his scuba team. The president lets loose a visibly BIG fart that floats up to enemy boat above, and kills the enemy soldiers on the spot!
  • Feed It a Bomb: The patrol boat's captain swallows a grenade thrown by Topper.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    Interrogator: I see you are no stranger to pain.
    Colonel Walters: I've been married.
    Interrogator: [nods in understanding]
    Colonel Walters: Twice.
    Interrogator: [horrified look] Ooy!
    • Also includes Dexter's shoelaces getting tied together.
    Topper: A knot. Those bastards!
  • Fight Clubbing: A hilarious version with gags like putting sprinkles on gloves and getting kicked in the nuts causing one to spit out walnuts.
  • Fridge Logic: invoked
    • Played for Laughs with the monk village: "These men have lived their lives in strict celibacy, just like their fathers and grandfathers before them."
    • The "Sarahan Wrap" joke - wait a second, Iraq is not in the Sahara desert.
    • More a case of Fridge comedy. Ramada has to disguise herself as a man because women aren't allowed on fishing boats. She's later caught because she (still disguised as a man) goes into the ladies room. Why do fishing boats have ladies rooms?
  • Funetik Aksent: The alarm in the prison is labeled "Hälarm."
  • Funny Background Event: Another ZAZ trademark. These include:
    • Several ex-presidents getting the crap beaten out of them, topped off with Gerald Ford falling over, despite having been completely untouched in the carnage.
    • Monks taking turns to impress the first girl they have seen in centuries.
    • The governor of Nebraska making a public apology for his state being so flat.
    • When Saddam goes over his to-do list for the day, you can see a framed picture of him being given a 10 million dollar check from the USA.
    • Whenever the camera pans across during Topper and Ramada's Italian dinner, we see another table, where Michael Corleone is eating with Sollozzo and McClusky, the last thing we see is him getting up to go to the bathroom...
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: When Ramada and Michelle confront each other over the latter's status as The Mole, they describe in detail the physical passion they shared with each other in college. Colonel Walters is interested in hearing more, but it turns out their "passion" was bungy-jumping.
  • The Great Politics Mess-Up:
  • Groin Attack: Everyone cringes in pain... and walnuts come out of the guys mouth!
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Topper Harley wears these in his Dim Sum match early in the movie. Covered in caramel, sprinkles, and gummy bears.
  • Happy Ending Override: The first one ends with Topper and Ramada together. This one begins with Topper in a Buddhist monastery, mourning his breakup with Ramada.
  • Heavy Sleeper: The guard that Topper steals the keys from, as poking him in the face with a stick and accidentally turning on the loud radio don't wake him. Subverted when a mouse crawls by and quietly sneezes; this finally wakes up the guard.
  • Helium Speech: Occurs after the president takes helium instead of oxygen to go diving.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Averted, amazingly enough. Pay close attention to the way everyone handles weapons; nearly everyone is holding their weapons correctly and following the safety rules for handling firearms, unless there's a hilarious gag to be made by using a weapon incorrectly.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Topper extends the antenna of a handphone to fence with Saddam. Walters later uses a fly swatter to knock out a guard, having quickly selected it from a pile of weapons including a several handguns, knives, and grenades.
    • After running out of ammo because the guard kept moving (picking up coins, etc) Topper resorts to shooting him with a chicken.
  • Innocent Innuendo: It certainly doesn't sound like Ramada and Michelle are talking about bungee-jumping - even the Colonel does a double-take at that particular reveal. He seems rather disappointed.
    Walters: Bungee jumping? That's what this is about?
  • Instant Soprano: Following an extreme Groin Attack.
    Fighter: You win.
  • Insurmountable Waist-High Fence: Multiple examples:
    • Topper has to use a grappling hook and several seconds of difficult climbing to get over a knee height stone fence; even more hilarious, not five feet away is a path leading around the fence.
    • The commando team is stymied by a wooden fence whose lock (which is a simple latch they could easily reach over) they can't blow, because "it's not our property."
    • One of the POW's is imprisoned with twist ties, and later the Chinese finger trap. Another prisoner can't run because they've tied his shoelaces together.
    Topper: [in shock] A knot!
  • Invincible Villain: Saddam is back as the Big Bad despite in the previous film having a bomb dropped on him and being caught in an explosion in a nuclear power plant. Here, he also manages to survive being frozen alive and shattered into a hundred pieces a la the T-1000. One wonders if being crushed by a piano at the end of this film really did anything to finish him off.
  • I Warned You: In the Offscreen Breakup flashback, a train attendant cries out "BOARD! BOARD!", with a newspaper reader ignoring him and shaking his head. A few seconds later, a carpenter walks back and smacks the guy with a 2x4. The attendant's response? "Toldya. Warned ya twice."
  • I Will Fight No More Forever: Harbinger undergoes a 10-Minute Retirement, lasting the entire span of a tender heart-to-heart with Harley, leading directly into War Is Glorious.
  • Just Following Orders: The reason why Ramada never told Topper the truth is because she was ordered not to tell anyone about the mission. It still didn't make Topper feel any better.
  • Karma Houdini: Edwards was apparently not only not punished for sabotaging American fighter planes in the previous film, but he's also now a senator and is running for president.
  • Laser Blade: There's a random Star Wars parody when President Benson and Saddam Hussein suddenly whip out lightsabers during their climactic duel.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The Energizer Bunny appears in one scene, only it's blue and not quite a rabbit. Still recognizable, and the voiceover is there. After a stunned moment, both sides in the ongoing battle combine fire to blow it up before going back to shooting at each other.
  • The Load: This is parodied with Rowan Atkinson playing a hostage who can't walk — because his shoelaces are tied together. He insists that he be carried by Topper, and berates him for jiggling too much — while being shot at! Atkinson's character goes firmly in The Scrappy territory, though, as he taunts the attackers (including shouting "You missed!" when they hit Topper, not him, in the arm), and insisting on getting a drink from a nearby drinking fountain. And then he complains it's not cold enough, and might not be filtered.
  • Martial Arts Headband: Topper dons one early in the movie. Over his eyes. He promptly runs face first into a pole.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Ramada Thompson rips off a piece of clothing to patch up Topper Harley. The rest of the members of Harley's squad immediately start complaining about their minor injuries hoping to get her to rip off more clothing pieces.
  • The Mole: Michelle, who fittingly has a detachable mole.
  • More Dakka: Topper is literally up to his waist in spent shells by the time he's done shooting at an Iraqi patrol boat.
  • No Fourth Wall: Early in the film, Walters introduces Michelle and another character as "She's CIA; the other man's an extra."
    • Later, Ramada tells Topper that she had to come back because it's the sequel, and Topper retorts that the critics will hate the movie as a result because it's just a rehash of the same romantic plot from the first movie.
    • When Benson and Saddam are swordfighting, they move off camera and we only see their shadows... and then we see their two actors walking through the shot drinking water and taking a break.
  • Non Sequitur, Thud:
    Topper Harley: That's right, Lindsay, it's 20 minutes past the hour, and now here's The Buckinghams with "Kind of a Drag". [thud]
  • Offscreen Breakup: Topper and Ramada, complete with flashback. The actual revelation why only comes after the two meet again, though.
  • One-Man Army: Of course parodied. Topper takes out several hundred bad guys by himself, including a kill count at the bottom of the screen.
    • According to, Topper has the fourth highest kill count (103) for any single character in movie history. Hilariously, the three characters that beat him all appeared in movies made after this one, so it really was the bloodiest film ever as it claimed (minus the actual blood of course).
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Topper is shot in the leg while rescuing Dexter, but he merely responds with a small grunt, and then fires back at the shooter, all while carrying Dexter on his shoulders.
  • Out of the Inferno: Parodied.
    President Tug Benson: "My skin's made of asbestos. Tanning parlor accident at Dien Bien Phu."
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Presidents Tug Benson and Saddam Hussein are a combination of President Buffoon and President Action, with Hussein also being President Evil of course.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: At one point, the main characters are masquerading as fishermen. Horribly. The enemy mook watching them sees nothing wrong until a cross-dressing, mustache-wearing Ramada goes into the women's restroom on the boat.
  • Parachute in a Tree: Happens to Topper Harley early on. He proceeds to cut himself free... with a chainsaw knife.
  • Pass the Popcorn: The limo driver in the No Way Out scene.
  • Pepper Sneeze: While Topper is trying to get some keys to free Colonel Walters, he spills some pepper. A small mouse wanders by, sniffs the pepper, and lets out a barely audible, high-pitched sneeze that wakes the guard up.
  • Personal Raincloud: See Train-Station Goodbye, below.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: While standing atop what's left of the fishing boat—out of ammo literally up to his waist in bullet casings—he pulls out a grenade's pin in this manner.
  • Plank Gag:
    Train Conductor: Board! Board!
    [a passenger looks at watch, sees that it's not nearly time to leave, scoffs, then gets hit by a passing man with some wooden boards, twice]
    Train Conductor: Told ya. Warned ya twice.
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: Or writing in this case:
    "On October 15, the President of the United States ordered a covert mission in the Persian Gulf for the purpose of rescuing soldiers taken hostage during Desert Storm. Only a handful of our highest government officials were aware of the operation, as it included an attempt to assasssan (backspace backspace backspace) assisss (backspace backspace) kill a guy."
  • Pocket Protector: A locket saves Ramada from a bullet; upon examination, it still has the unmarred large-caliber cartridge lodged in it.
  • Pretty in Mink: Michelle wears a white mink coat in a scene based on No Way Out.
  • Pulling Themselves Together
  • Retcon: Saddam Hussein is killed at the end of the first film, yet is alive and well in the second. Rule of Funny of course. The fact that he's a [[T-1000 helps.
  • Reference Overdosed: Like the first film, it spoof other works in many ways.
  • Red Herring: Harbinger is suspected of being the saboteur, due to abandoning his teams in the previous missions to save the soldiers.
  • Retired Badass: Topper.
  • Rocket Punch: The fist bazooka.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Charlie Sheen Is About to Shoot You With a Chicken!
  • Sequelitis: Lampshaded and parodied. invoked
    Topper: Out of all the jungles in all the world, you had to walk into mine.
    Ramada: I didn't want to, Topper, but I had to come. It was the sequel.
    Topper: Do you have any idea what the critics will say? The same warmed-over characters?
    Ramada: Oh, Topper. You're just using this whole casting thing as an excuse to hide what's really hurting you.
    • Ramada's Action Girl upgrade is done shamelessly to fit her into the second movie. In the first movie, she is only a psychiatrist (well that and the lounge singing, welding, trick horseback riding, and performing gymnastics), here she knows kickboxing. Of course, Topper goes from being a pilot to a commando, so this is about being funny instead of consistent.
  • Serious Business: Bungee jumping is the entire reason behind why the mole betrays the team.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Gender reversed. Yes, you heard us correctly. A rather buff Topper Harley, in his lover's (rather lacy) gown, brushing his (long and silky) hair in front of a vanity mirror and smoking a Victoria Slim in a cigarette holder. It's all very masculine.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "I will kill you until you die from it!"
    • From the same scene: "We'll settle this the old navy way: The first guy to die, LOSES!"
  • Share the Male Pain: Topper Harley smacks an opponent in the 'nads in a duel. The entire crowd winces and holds their balls in sympathy.
  • She's Got Legs: Michelle, especially when she seduces Topper at the party.
    Topper: Now I know what to get you for Christmas.
    Michelle: Make it a Thighmaster. I've broken my last three.
  • Shout-Out: Rambo III most obviously, but also Casablanca and The Guns of Navarone, among others.
    • The romantic plot between Topper and Ramada mimics the Casablanca relationship between Rick and Ilsa, but with a happier ending.
    • All female characters have the middle name "Rodham". Once, they don't even try to hide the target ("It's your wife, Hillary Rodham Hussein").
    • Topper's fishing vessel passes by Captain Willard's PT boat. Both father and son take time off their internal monologues to greet each other.
    Topper/Willard (both): I loved you in Wall Street!
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Complete with the meatball nudge. With his nose. Bonus points for having the chefs be dead ringers for their animated counterparts.
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked. The heroes apparently arrive at base in a toy helicopter, which an officer immediately orders removed before someone trips on it.
  • Spoof Aesop: After disposing of a few soldiers, Harbinger turns directly to the camera and with a big smile on his face, announces "War! It's fantastic!"
  • Spy Speak: Parodied. The other guy has no clue what he's talking about.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Ramada's husband Dexter is pretty much one of these, from what her story of how they met sounds like.
  • Stealth Pun/Late to the Punchline:
    • Also, the final action takes place on the border of Iraq and A Hard Place.
  • Stupid Surrender: Played for Laughs. Topper is searching for the last hostage with a giant machine gun and knows how to use it. When Saddam shows up with a tiny hand gun, Topper surrenders immediately despite having blown away tons of guys earlier.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Played straight, parodied, drawn, and quartered in every way possible. Notable scene would be the climax of the PT boat battle.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Harley has the coolest knife ever.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Ish. Topper is sword-fighting Saddam with a phone with its antenna extended. Saddam is carrying a broadsword, for reference. Then the phone rings.
    Topper: [holds out a hand and answers the phone as Saddam waits obligingly] Butcher of Baghdad, hello? [beat] Uh-huh. [beat] Oh, hello!
    Saddam: Who is it? Who is it?
    Topper: It's your wife, Hillary Rodham Hussein.
    Saddam: Oh Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I'm so stupid! I was supposed to pick her up at the gym. No, no, no, I'm out of town... on business, bombing, gassing, a last-minute execution. Tell her something, make it up!
    Topper: [to Saddam's wife] I'm sorry, you just missed him.
    Saddam: Ah. I owe you one. [lunges with sword]
  • Took a Level in Badass: Topper and Ramada. Ramada becomes an Action Girl and Topper is basically a Rambo parody.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Parodied. After Topper's fiancee leaves him (in a parody of Casablanca), it starts raining at the train station... but only on him.
  • Typecasting: Fun fact: If you've ever seen an actor portray Saddam Hussein, its probably the guy who played him in this movie. He pretty much did them all.
  • The Vamp: Michelle. She seduces Topper early in the film and later we find out that she's The Mole.
  • Visual Pun: The film, like the others from these creators, is full of these. Examples:
    • When the train conductor shouts, "Board! Board!", a passenger gets plunked with a plank.
    • A map of the operation shows that Saddam's country is located between the countries Iraq and Iran, except that Iran is renamed "A Hard Place".
    • A Iraqi interrogator with a Holiday Inn towel wrapped around his head.
    • When Harley says he smells a rat, guess what crawls over his shoulder.
  • War Is Glorious:
  • War Is Hell: But after a tearful talk with Harley, [{War Is Glorious they think the opposite]].
  • Widely Spaced Jail Bars: Colonel Walters is imprisoned inside a cage. He slips through the bars, grabs a set of keys, and slips back inside the cage. He then unlocks the door and leaves normally.
  • With Catlike Tread: Parodied in the key scene. A series of loud noises is not enough to wake the guard... but a sneeze by a mouse is.
  • You Know What to Do:
    Topper Harley: You're the only one that knows how to get to the copter pad. If I'm not there in 15 minutes, you know what to do.
    Colonel Walters: Yeah, we get the hell out of here!
    Topper Harley: No! Wait another 15 minutes!