Top Gun

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Released 1986

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Director:
Tony Scott (I)
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG

Top Gun is an iconic 1986 action film following the talented but volatile fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) as he and his copilot Nick "Goose" Bradshaw look to outperform uptight pilot Tom "Iceman" Kazansky (Val Kilmer) as the best in the class at the Navy's esteemed Fighter Weapons School. Maverick must prove himself to those at the school who don't appreciate his daring style of flying, as well as dealing with the legacy of his father, a former pilot himself whose death in combat is mysteriously classified. He must also struggle with his feelings for his civilian instructor "Charlie" Blackwood (Kelly McGillis), who is hesitant to risk her professionalism for a romance with Maverick. Top Gun is known for its use of music in memorable scenes throughout the film, such as the Top Gun theme "Danger Zone" and the volleyball scene using "Playing With the Boys", both by Kenny Loggins, Goose singing "Great Balls of Fire", the cadets all breaking into "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" at a bar, and the love scene featuring "Take My Breath Away."

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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    No doubt about it: Top Gun is going to be the hit that "The Right Stuff" should have been. They are not in the same class of films, but this much must be said: The aerial sequences...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a movie that comes in two parts: It knows exactly what to do with special effects, but doesn't have a clue as to how two people in love might act and talk and think.

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Like "An Officer and a Gentleman", Top Gun travels a cramped emotional range. The characters don't really change, but have plot devices imposed on them. Unlike its template, howeve...

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catchy soundtrack, opposites attract, quotable, issues with authority, adrenaline junkies