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Top Gun (1986)

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

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Maverick is a hot pilot. 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 a different way to Charlie, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,965,737 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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$179,767,866 (USA) (15 February 2013)
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Top Jerk
11 May 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Oh what an annoying movie! Regardless of all other considerations, I just could not get past the casting of Tom Cruise, who plays "Maverick", a hotshot fighter pilot who competes with other young pilot dudes in tough, daring aerial competition at an elite pilot school to see who can be the best.

Cruise swaggers and smirks his way through the plot, all decked out in heavy-duty flight suit and shades, his boyish face, short stature, and immaturity in deportment making a mockery of what the film no doubt had intended. I found his presence in this film rather nauseating. Instead of portraying the "top gun", his character comes across more as the top jerk.

In plot and dialogue, the film could be described as a popcorn flick for kids, with lots of "action", as fighter jets blast off, roar and soar, topsy-turvy like, showing off the daring-do of their annoyingly smug aviators.

The dialogue is just as sophomoric as the plot. In one dogfight scene, a couple of pilots converse. "Okay man, let's turn and burn ... We're going ballistic man, go get 'em ... it's time to buzz the tower" ... kinda like a video game ... man.

Further, the film seems permanently time-bound in the 1980s, partly because of Tom Cruise, but also because the film's theme of jingoistic American patriotism, while cogent then, is far less cogent now.

The film does present some good visuals. The aerial shots are especially good. And costumes and production design seem credible.

Overall, this is just a typical Hollywood action movie around which a lot of media buzz was made when it came out, but now seems dated and is easily forgettable.


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