In HOT SHOTS! Sean "Topper" Harley (Charlie Sheen) is a renegade pilot with heroic potential, yet he struggles to live down his pilot-father's legendary disgrace. Handsome, charismatic, with a smile that melts and an intensity that freezes, Topper is very, very complex.
Lieutenant Commander Block (Kevin Dunn) brings Topper into an elite corps of flyers he's putting together for a dangerous mission, code-named "Sleepy Weasel". He is to fly alongside the radiant model of military perfection, Kent Gregory (Cary Elwes) - a narcissist, and all man; the earnestly wholesome and obviously doomed Pete "Dead Meat" Thompson (William O'Leary), and young Jim 'Wash Out" Pfaffenbach (Jon Cryer), an eager beaver, all-American type whose flying days may be over because of Walleye vision.
The mission is led by Admiral "Tug" Benson (Lloyd Bridges), a blustery multi-war veteran whose various body parts have been systematically replaced after a series of illustrious combat injuries. Focusing is a tough nut for him.
In addition to making the grade in this elite squadron of flyers, Topper finds himself in competition with fellow Hot Shot Gregory for the heart of the sultry Ramada Thompson (Valeria Golino), the leggy, spectacularly beautiful base psychiatrist, equestrienne, sculptor and torch singer.
Unknown to Benson and his ace fighter pilots, a group of treacherous industrialists are intent on sabotaging their mission in order to sell the Navy $40 billion worth of defective new superplanes, even if it puts the lives of our Hot Shots at risk.
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