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Episode 214

Hot Shots! & Hot Shots! Part Deux

Published on: 6th July, 2023

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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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and frighten us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.