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Top Gun (1986)

PG | | Action, Drama, Romance | 16 May 1986 (USA)
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As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

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Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father's death in combat that killed others due to his father's error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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...It's a solo mission ... Yeah! ...And I'm going with him... See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,965,737 (USA) (10 February 2013)

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$179,800,601 (USA)
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Tom Cruise starred with Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (1988). Kelly McGillis went on to star as Mrs. Robinson in the Broadway version of The Graduate (1967), which starred Hoffman as well. See more »

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After Charlie hands out the dinner invitation to Maverick, Slider tells him "Crash and burn, huh, Mav?" while holding a plane model in front of his face. In the very next shot the plane disappears. See more »

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Flight Captain: Good morning, Scott.
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Dedicated to the memory of Art Scholl See more »

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Mighty Wings
By Harold Faltermeyer & Mark Spiro
Performed by Cheap Trick
Produced by Harold Faltermeyer
Cheap Trick courtesy of CBS Records
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"I feel the need - the need for speed!"
1 August 2010 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

Top Gun is a big piece of 1980s cheese. Definitely a Hollywood product, it was however very successful at the box office. The success is mostly due to the action and to Tom Cruise and his winning smile. The aerial combat shown in Top Gun is exciting, but it's not always logical or consistent (shooting down Soviet fighter planes would result in war in real life). What makes it better is the film's soundtrack. Catchy upbeat rock & pop songs back the action and the romance on screen. That's pretty much the film's appeal. There are plenty of faults, but in the end it's entertaining and makes one feel good. The fighter pilot life seems so appealing in Top Gun that registrations to join the navy in the USA went up significantly after the film was released. According to the film in order to become one of the top fighter pilots in America you have to be a) a male b) have an attitude c) be good-looking d) be a good fighter pilot. Oh, and you have to believe that America is always on the side of good. Come to think of it, was there even a brunette in the film? It seemed to me like all the women were blondes. Yeah, but at least the dogfights are some of the best in film history. There's no Top Gun program in reality though. Still, while you're there "playing with the boys" you feel cool and like you belong. Val Kilmer makes an impression, but it turns out he didn't want to be in the film. He had to play the role of Tom "Iceman" Kazansky because of contract obligations. Top Gun is not a bad film. Even if everything in it is by the numbers it's still a notable 1980s flick (in my opinion "Take My Breath Away" is an annoying and corny song). The film is bright, it's action-packed, it's sometimes touching, it's at times funny. I recommend it.


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