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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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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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


$176,781,728 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Rick Rossovich stated in the DVD commentary that he was kicked off of the ship used for filming because he smarted off to an officer. Rossovich had gone to sleep in the bunk (more commonly called a rack) he was assigned to, but didn't like being so close to the nuclear reactors that powered the ship, so he moved. When he smarted off to the officer who wanted his bunk back, Rossovich was told to report to the captain who ordered him thrown off the ship for disrespect. See more »


In the opening, a full-screen explanation of the Top Gun program says it was created "to insure that pilots receive the training..." etc. The correct word in this case is "ensure" as in 'to guarantee.' See more »


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

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Lead Me On
By Giorgio Moroder & Tom Whitlock
Performed by Teena Marie
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Teena Marie courtesy of CBS Records
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I always liked a bit of cheddar
30 April 2004 | by (Boro, England) – See all my reviews

Absolute cheese on a stick, but Top Gun proves that that's not always a bad thing. This movie's got everything - an arrogant prodigy who'd be out on his arse if he wasn't so good, a sensible, uglier best friend, a love interest (although she's a bit of a mess), an arch nemesis and his dumb sidekick, a few cool high fives and catchphrases, an emotional death scene, a euphoric victory scene and of course, some unforgettable action scenes. What more could any red-blooded child of the eighties ask for!? And anyone born around 1980 will remember how everyone was doing that double high five and saying 'talk to me, goose' to the kid next to them in class. Certainly one of my all time favourites.

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