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
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Ally Sheedy turned down the role of Charlie Blackwood because she didn't think that anyone would want to see a movie about fighter pilots. See more »
In several scenes of planes taking off, mirrored images are used. This is easily identifiable because the red light that is supposed to be on the port side of the plane is on the starboard side. See more »
I can't believe the reviews I have read about Top Gun being technically inaccurate, not enough character development, an overall simple and childish plot... gimme a freegin' break! This film was made to look cool, sound cool, and define cool. Yeah, okay, the MiG-28s are really F-5 Tigers; I've read the 'goofs' section before. And Tom Cruise's height. And about 'Maverick going supersonic - I'll be there in 30 seconds,' and the laws of physics preventing him from covering 200 or so miles from the carrier in that time. Whatever! So what! If Top Gun had tried to be accurate and true-to-life in every respect, it would have been some oh-so-serious flick like Courage Under Fire. Here's some examples of what I mean:
1 - what's the best way to evade cannon fire? Do a snazzy barrel roll. Problem solved!
2 - the MiG pilots have tinted visors. The good guys don't. Go figure.
2.5 - Russian planes are actually grey or green. The MiG 28s are black. The Tomcats are... yeah, you guessed it... white! Good vs. Evil.
3 - Modern air-to-air combat is usually fought at distances of tens of miles between aircraft. Top Gun uses much cooler spitting-distance WWI era tactics.
4 - "It's too close for missiles. I'm switching to guns!" Enough said.
5 - the generic guy carrying coffee who gets knocked over by the fuming air-control officer. We never see him get up. Classic.
6 - even the edited TV version is a few steps above normal-cool. "... you'll be flying a cargo plane ... out of Hong Kong!"
7 - the way Iceman says, "Mayday, Mav's in trouble. He's in a flat spin, and heading out to sea."
8 - the graceful way Top Gun maintained a PG rating, without using the F-word once.
Top Gun came out in 1986. That's 1986. Seventeen years ago. It rocked then... it rocks now. Just watch it and have some fun.
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