Hot Shots! is a 1991 comedy spoof film starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer and Ryan Stiles. It was directed by Jim Abrahams, co-director of Airplane! (another spoof), and was written by Abrahams and Pat Proft. The film primarily spoofs the 1986 action film Top Gun, but also draws material from films like Rocky and Superman. It spawned a sequel in 1993, Hot Shots! Part Deux. Sheen and Cryer would later co-star in the television series Two and a Half Men, in which Stiles also went on to play a recurring role. Hot Shots has been described as "Top Gun meets Airplane!". The film begins at Flemner Air Base 20 years prior. A pilot named Leland "Buzz" Harley (Bill Irwin) loses control of his plane and ejects, leaving his co-pilot Dominic "Mailman" Farnum (Ryan Stiles) to crash alone; although Mailman survives, he's mistaken for a deer owing to the branches stuck to his helmet and is shot by a hunter.
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