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Top Gun (1986)

PG | | Action, Drama | 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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Tony Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Maverick
Kelly McGillis ... Charlie
Val Kilmer ... Iceman
Anthony Edwards ... Goose
Tom Skerritt ... Viper
Michael Ironside ... Jester
John Stockwell ... Cougar
Barry Tubb ... Wolfman
Rick Rossovich ... Slider
Tim Robbins ... Merlin
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Sundown
Whip Hubley ... Hollywood
James Tolkan ... Stinger
Meg Ryan ... Carole
Adrian Pasdar ... Chipper
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Storyline

Code-named "Maverick", Pete Mitchell, the impetuous daredevil Navy-pilot ace, is accepted into Miramar's elite Fighter School, also known as "Top Gun". There, as the impulsive pilot competes with the best of the best, not only will he meet Charlie, the flying school's curvaceous astrophysics instructor, but also the brilliant and highly competitive fellow student, "Iceman", with whom right from the start, he will engage in a reckless contest. As Maverick is haunted by his father's mysterious death, will he be able to suppress his wild nature to win both the prestigious Top Gun Trophy and the girl? Written by Nick Riganas

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From the Producers of Beverly Hills Cop and Flashdance [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,193,052, 18 May 1986

Gross USA:

$179,800,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$356,830,601
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Bryan Adams was asked to allow his song "Only the Strong Survive" on the soundtrack, but he refused because he felt that the film glorified war. See more »

Goofs

On hop 31, the planes clearly take off early in the morning, but once they're off the ground, it's high noon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Flight Captain: Good morning, Scott.
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the memory of Art Scholl See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film shown on the Paramount Network has nearly all of the profane language intact (basically everything but the word "shit"). However, this version also randomly cuts out several scenes and parts of scenes, presumably to fit in the network time slot allotted. Scenes missing altogether include (but are certainly not limited to) Maverick and Goose conversing in their housing regarding whether or not they'll graduate, and Jester and Viper conversing, with Viper revealing hew knew Maverick's "old man." The latter is especially surprising considering this plot point plays a major role in a later scene. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Top Gun (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
By Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Phil Spector
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Polished and heartfelt
30 July 2002 | by neilandersonSee all my reviews

Top Gun is undoubtedly one of my favourite films, and one of those that has the ability to keep enthralling you even while watching for the tenth time. Director Tony Scott was chosen after the producers saw his work in advertising, and true to their judgement he has produced a visual masterpiece. It looks simply gorgeous, and the live action sequences have never been bettered. If there is one flaw in the film it is that it is somewhat shallow, with all of the people behind the film (and Tom Cruise) rather better at making visual spectaculars than an engaging story. However the story does work well in drawing you into the world of Maverick and his fellow naval aviators, Cruise forms an excellent rapport with Anthony Edwards as Goose, and the dialogue is snappy and eminently quotable. Everyone has at some stage used Maverick's line - "I couls tell you, but then I'd have to kill you", and the cover of the Righteous Brothers is unforgettable. The film is backed by one of the best soundtracks of the decade, and a very strong supporting cast. In my opinion, the film succeeds in everything it sets out to achieve. A cracking script, a gripping story, and simply stunning aerial photography. You have to see this film.


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