Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

PG-13 | 89 mins | Comedy, Satire | 21 May 1993

Director:

Jim Abrahams

Producer:

Bill Badalato

Cinematographer:

John R. Leonetti

Production Designer:

William A. Elliott

Production Company:

Twentieth Century Fox
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HISTORY

After the opening title card, the following written prologue appears: “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 made aware of the operation, as it included an attempt to assassan—assisss—kill a guy.”
       End credits are interspersed with the following jokes: “Fun fact: Actor Richard Crenna invented tartar sauce.”; “Fun fact: Baseball superstar, Darryl Strawberry, spends his winters thinking of new excuses.”; "Secret of 'The Crying Game' She's a guy"; “Answer to tonight’s scrambled movie title: ‘T-2’”; ”Hot Shots! Part Deux was filmed in front of a live studio audience.”; and, “Pop quiz: 1. Who was the Art Director? 2. What does Don Miloyevich do? 3. What character said ‘You yankin’ my crank’?” End cast credits are listed "in order that you should know their names."
       Additional acknowledgments include: “Filmed in part on location in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, California”; “Footage from the Arsenio Hall Show courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation, Footage from ‘Rapid Fire’ courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Footage from ‘Home Alone 2’ courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation”; “The Producers wish to thank City of Beverly Hills; LA County Film Office – Stephanie Liner; San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department – Baxter Dunn, Boating and Safety Unit – Gerald W. Rector; California Department of Fish and Game, Ron Presley, Overton Green, Bob Wright; Delta Bluegrass Company – Ed Zuckerman; Plantronics; Mad Dog Knives; NBC News archives; Glen Ladner, Bill and the ‘Samber’”; and, “Animal action was monitored by the American Humane Association; prosthetic ... More Less

After the opening title card, the following written prologue appears: “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 made aware of the operation, as it included an attempt to assassan—assisss—kill a guy.”
       End credits are interspersed with the following jokes: “Fun fact: Actor Richard Crenna invented tartar sauce.”; “Fun fact: Baseball superstar, Darryl Strawberry, spends his winters thinking of new excuses.”; "Secret of 'The Crying Game' She's a guy"; “Answer to tonight’s scrambled movie title: ‘T-2’”; ”Hot Shots! Part Deux was filmed in front of a live studio audience.”; and, “Pop quiz: 1. Who was the Art Director? 2. What does Don Miloyevich do? 3. What character said ‘You yankin’ my crank’?” End cast credits are listed "in order that you should know their names."
       Additional acknowledgments include: “Filmed in part on location in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, California”; “Footage from the Arsenio Hall Show courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation, Footage from ‘Rapid Fire’ courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Footage from ‘Home Alone 2’ courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation”; “The Producers wish to thank City of Beverly Hills; LA County Film Office – Stephanie Liner; San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department – Baxter Dunn, Boating and Safety Unit – Gerald W. Rector; California Department of Fish and Game, Ron Presley, Overton Green, Bob Wright; Delta Bluegrass Company – Ed Zuckerman; Plantronics; Mad Dog Knives; NBC News archives; Glen Ladner, Bill and the ‘Samber’”; and, “Animal action was monitored by the American Humane Association; prosthetic animals used where necessary.”
       Various contemporary sources referred to the film by the working titles, Hot Shots II, Hot Shots 2, and, Untitled Hot Shots 2! Although released domestically as Hot Shots! Part Deux, publicity materials in AMPAS library files display the film’s title as Hot Shots! 2. The 17 Jun 1993 WSJ noted that the latter name was also used in France.
       Shortly following the 31 Jul 1991 opening of Hot Shots!, the 15 Aug 1991 DV reported that Twentieth Century Fox approved development of a sequel. According to production notes, Charlie Sheen spent several weeks dieting and working with a physical trainer in Maui, HI, in order to gain muscle for the role.
       A 19 Oct 1992 Var production chart confirmed principal photography began 10 Oct 1992. The 8 Jan 1993 DV indicated that the restaurant dinner scene and bedroom love scene were shot on Stage 9 of the Fox studio in Los Angeles, CA. An 18 Nov 1992 DV brief reported that Lloyd Bridges was not scheduled to begin work on the production until the following day, but had already filmed a trailer with the rest of the cast, which would be distributed around the Thanksgiving holiday.
       Although the film received generally positive reviews, with several critics praising Abrahams and Proft for their lampoon of the military action genre, the 1 Aug 1993 LAT reported a “modest” box-office gross of $38 million to date. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1991.
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Daily Variety
18 Nov 1992.
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Daily Variety
8 Jan 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 May 1993
p. 9. 12.
Los Angeles Times
21 May 1993
Section F, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
1 Aug 1993
pp. 33-34.
New York Times
21 May 1993
p. 6.
Variety
19 Oct 1992.
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Variety
24 May 1993
p. 44, 65.
WSJ
17 Jun 1993.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jim Abrahams Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Chief lighting tech
Key grip
Still photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam loader
Video asst op
Elec best boy
Fox elec best boy
Elec
Rigging gaffer
Best boy grip
Fox best boy
Dolly grip
Key rigging grip
Cam prod asst
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit gaffer
2d unit key grip
Cam equip, lenses and accessories provided by
Cranes and dollies by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Storyboard illustrator
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Const coord
Paint foreman
Leadman
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Asst props
Junior set des
Set dressing prod asst
Const foreman
Labor foreman
Loc labor foreman
Labor foreman
Loc foreman
Stage foreman
Foreman
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Standby painter
Plasterer
Greensman
Greensman
Greensman
Toolkeeper
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Cost supv
Key costumer
Set costumer
Set costumer
Furs provided by
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
2d boom op
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
ADR mixer
ADR mixer
Foley ed
ADR asst ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff supv
Spec eff coord
Spec eff supv
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Blue screen and opt composites by
Rotoscope and anim by
Rotoscope and anim by
Rotoscope and anim by
Miniature visual eff by
Shop supv/Head model maker, Sessums Engineering
Dir/Dir of photog, Sessums Engineering
Unit prod/Prod mgr, Sessums Engineering
1st asst cam, Sessums Engineering
1st asst cam, Sessums Engineering
Model maker, Sessums Engineering
Model maker, Sessums Engineering
Mercury eff by
San Ramon, California
Prod supv, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Mercury eff by, Effect Innovations
Digital opticals by
Digital opticals by, Metrolight Studios
Digital opticals by, Metrolight Studios
Spec visual eff prod by
Marin County, California
Dir of matte photog, Matte World
Matte artist supv, Matte World
Exec in charge of prod, Matte World
Digital presidential eff by
Digital presidential eff by, VIFX
Digital presidential eff by, VIFX
Mechanical eff, stunt dummies, and action props
Mechanical eff, stunt dummies, and action props, A
Mechanical eff, stunt dummies, and action props, A
Title des
Titles by
DANCE
Choreog
Asst swordplay choreog
"Raker girls" choreog
MAKEUP
Key hairstylist
Makeup des
Mr. Sheen's makeup
Makeup artist
Spec makeup eff created by
Asst hairstylist
Addl makeup eff by
Addl makeup eff by, Optic Nerve Studios
Addl makeup eff by, Optic Nerve Studios
Hair extensions for Mr. Sheen
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod supv
Aerial/Marine unit mgr
Scr supv
Unit pub
Loc mgr
Extras casting
Prod accountant
Asst to Mr. Abrahams
Asst to Mr. Abrahams
Transportation coord
Asst loc mgr
Asst prod coord
1st asst accountant
2d asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Asst to Mr. Proft
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Aerial coord/Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Pilot, Aerial unit
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Aircraft and mockups supplied by
Marine coord, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Marine dept, Marine unit
Const accountant
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
First aid
Craft service
Mr. Sheen's trainer
Swordmaster
Animals supplied by
Animals supplied by
Casting asst
Celebrity look-alikes provided by
Caterer
Massage therapist
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt double for Mr. Sheen/Asst stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt parachute jumper
Stunt parachute jumper
Stunt parachute jumper
Stunt parachute jumper
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Jim Abrahams and Pat Proft.
SONGS
"Innamorata," written by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks
"Hall Or Nothing," written by Arsenio Hall
"I'm So Excited," written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Trevor Lawrence, performed by The Pointer Sisters, courtesy of RCA Records, label of BMG Music
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SONGS
"Innamorata," written by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks
"Hall Or Nothing," written by Arsenio Hall
"I'm So Excited," written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Trevor Lawrence, performed by The Pointer Sisters, courtesy of RCA Records, label of BMG Music
"'Father Knows Best' Theme," written by Irving Friedman and Don Ferris
"Theme From 'Sea Hunt'," written by Ray Llewelyn
"I'm So Excited," written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer, and Trevor Lawrence, performed by The Pointer Sisters, courtesy of RCA Records label of BMG Music
"It Takes Two," by William Stevenson and Sylvia Moy, performed by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, courtesy of Motown Record Co., L.P., by arrangement with Polygram Special Markets, a Division of Polygram Group Distribution
"I Got A Lot Of Hair For A Bald Guy And If I Wear It Like This You'll Never Notice," Michael Bolton
"'American Gladiators' Theme," written by Bill Conti, courtesy of The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hot Shots II
Hot Shots 2
Untitled Hot Shots 2!
Hot Shots! 2
Release Date:
21 May 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 21 May 1993
New York opening: week of 21 May 1993
Production Date:
began 10 October 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
20 May 1993
Copyright Number:
PA611801
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32366
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a covert government mission to rescue hostages from Operation Desert Storm, a group of U.S. soldiers fail to assassinate Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and are captured by Iraqi forces. Because the mission has failed twice before, President Thomas “Tug” Benson suspects the team is being sabotaged and decides to send retired Navy war hero Lieutenant Sean "Topper" Harley to intervene. Presidential Military Advisor Colonel Denton Walters and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Michelle Rodham Huddleston locate Topper in Thailand, fighting as a boxer and practicing Buddhism. He refuses to help rescue the imprisoned soldiers, still troubled by the abandonment of his lover, Ramada Rodham Hayman. Two weeks later, Topper learns that Colonel Walters has been captured during yet another botched hostage rescue. He reconsiders the CIA’s plea and arrives at the White House during a diplomatic dinner with the Japanese prime minister. After the event, Michelle Huddleston seduces Topper in the backseat of her car and they return to her house to make love. When Michelle and Topper arrive in Iraq, they assume control of the operation from Commander Arvid Harbinger, the sole escapee of the second failed raid. Harbinger informs them they only have eleven hours to free the prisoners. Michelle orders Topper and Harbinger to lead Officers Rabinowitz and Williams through the jungle, promising to meet them later. In the forest, the men encounter an intelligence contact that turns out to be Topper’s former lover, Ramada. She explains she was married to Dexter Hayman, a CIA training pilot who was long presumed dead, and left Topper when she learned he was still alive. Although Topper and his team survive an Iraqi attack on their river patrol ... +


In a covert government mission to rescue hostages from Operation Desert Storm, a group of U.S. soldiers fail to assassinate Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and are captured by Iraqi forces. Because the mission has failed twice before, President Thomas “Tug” Benson suspects the team is being sabotaged and decides to send retired Navy war hero Lieutenant Sean "Topper" Harley to intervene. Presidential Military Advisor Colonel Denton Walters and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Michelle Rodham Huddleston locate Topper in Thailand, fighting as a boxer and practicing Buddhism. He refuses to help rescue the imprisoned soldiers, still troubled by the abandonment of his lover, Ramada Rodham Hayman. Two weeks later, Topper learns that Colonel Walters has been captured during yet another botched hostage rescue. He reconsiders the CIA’s plea and arrives at the White House during a diplomatic dinner with the Japanese prime minister. After the event, Michelle Huddleston seduces Topper in the backseat of her car and they return to her house to make love. When Michelle and Topper arrive in Iraq, they assume control of the operation from Commander Arvid Harbinger, the sole escapee of the second failed raid. Harbinger informs them they only have eleven hours to free the prisoners. Michelle orders Topper and Harbinger to lead Officers Rabinowitz and Williams through the jungle, promising to meet them later. In the forest, the men encounter an intelligence contact that turns out to be Topper’s former lover, Ramada. She explains she was married to Dexter Hayman, a CIA training pilot who was long presumed dead, and left Topper when she learned he was still alive. Although Topper and his team survive an Iraqi attack on their river patrol boat, Michelle informs President Benson they have gone missing. As they move toward the prison camp, Topper suspects Harbinger of being the saboteur, and Ramada reveals her husband is among the hostages. Sneaking inside the grounds, they steal the guard’s keys and release Colonel Walters. Tired of fighting, Harbinger begins to cry. Satisfied he is not the traitor, Topper briefly stops to console him before resuming fire on hundreds of Iraqi guards. Ramada is shot in the crossfire, but a locket around her neck stops the bullet. Topper realizes the locket contains his photograph, and Ramada admits she never stopped loving him. He continues to Saddam Hussein’s palace, where the dictator challenges him to a swordfight. Topper’s sword breaks, but he resumes the duel using a cordless telephone antenna. Meanwhile, President Benson devises a new rescue mission in which he will personally SCUBA dive through Iraqi waters to reach the palace. He appears just in time to save Topper from being sliced open, and continues fighting in the younger man’s place with a new sword. While President Benson distracts Saddam Hussein, Topper frees Dexter Hawley from his cell. Colonel Walters and the remainder of the team prepare to leave in Michelle’s rescue helicopter, but Ramada stops upon seeing the CIA agent, who once was her college roommate. Michelle reveals herself to be the mole, declaring that she remains bitter over a past misunderstanding with Michelle and acted out of jealousy over Topper’s affections. Inside the palace, President Barton sprays Hussein and his pet Yorkshire terrier with a fire extinguisher, and the pressurized nitrogen freezes their bodies, which shatter into thousands of tiny splinters. The pieces liquefy from the warmth of the fireplace and reform into Hussein, who is now adorned with his dog’s fur, ears, and nose. Colonel Walters handcuffs Michelle and puts her on the helicopter back to the U.S. Once Topper reunites Ramada with her husband, Dexter, he urges his former lover to escape while he goes back for the president. Before they leave, Dexter insists on taking a photograph of Topper and Ramada, but falls backward over a cliff while attempting to frame the shot. President Benson catches up to Topper and the team, with Hussein in close pursuit. While the helicopter struggles to lift off, Topper lightens their load by pushing a grand piano overboard. The fallen instrument crushes Hussein, and Topper kisses Ramada as they fly into the sunset. +

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