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16 May 1986 (USA) See more »
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From the Producers of Beverly Hills Cop and Flashdance [UK Theatrical] See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Randall Brady ... Lt. Davis

Duke Stroud ... Air Boss Johnson
Brian Sheehan ... Sprawl
Ron Clark ... Inquiry Commander

Frank Pesce ... Bartender
Pete Pettigrew ... Perry Siedenthal
Troy Hunter ... Radio Operator

Linda Rae Jurgens ... Mrs. Metcalf
T.J. Cassidy ... Himself (as Admiral T.J. Cassidy)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Debi Fares ... (uncredited)
Mark Gadbois ... Flight Captain (uncredited)
Chase Jazzborne ... Officer's Club Patron (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... Cmdr. Phillips (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Scott Krambeck ... Scott (uncredited)

Kate Romero ... Bar patron (uncredited)

Wendy Wells-Gunkel ... Vollyball Spectator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Scott 
 
Writing credits
Jim Cash (written by) &
Jack Epps Jr. (written by)

Ehud Yonay (magazine article "Top Guns")

Produced by
Bill Badalato .... executive producer
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Don Simpson .... producer
Warren Skaaren .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Harold Faltermeyer 
 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball (director of photography) (as Jeffrey Kimball)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Lebenzon 
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir Jr.  (as John F. DeCuir Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
 
Makeup Department
Scott H. Eddo .... additional makeup artist (as Scott Eddo)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (as Ramsey)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (3D IMAX Version 2013)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Cosgrove .... second assistant director
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director (as Daniel P. Kolsrud)
Sharon Mann .... second assistant director
James Dillon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Craig Edgar .... set designer (as Craig Dennis Edgar)
Stacey S. McIntosh .... construction coordinator (as Stacy McIntosh)
Jonathan O'Connell .... stand-by painter (as Jon O'Connell)
Richard A. Villalobos .... lead person (as Richard Villalobos)
Mark Wade .... property master (as Mark Robert Wade)
Giovanni Casalenuovo .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley editor
James Cavarretta .... sound recordist (as James Cavarretta Jr.)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor (as Virginia Cook)
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor (as Teri Dorman)
Juno J. Ellis .... adr editor
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
John P. Fasal .... special sound effects (as John Paul Fasal)
Daniel F. Finnerty .... assistant sound editor
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor
Mike Haney .... sound recordist
Frank Howard .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... foley editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
David Kelson .... cable person
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (as Bob Nichols II)
Martin Nicholson .... assistant sound editor (as Martin W. Nicholson)
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor
Earl Sampson .... boom operator (as Earl F. Sampson)
Stephen Stalheim .... assistant sound editor
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Ed Steidell)
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Robert Winder .... sound engineer
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ken J. Johnson .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Cairo .... special effects
Steven C. Foster .... special effects (as Steve Foster)
Gary Gutierrez .... supervisor of special photographic effects
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator
Robert G. Willard .... special effects
Marvin Gardner .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Jamie Hyneman .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Mike Menzel .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Troy Alexiadis .... senior stereo artist: Legend 3 D (3D version 2013)
Dane Anderson .... asset technician: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Kamran Arian .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Taylor Armstrong .... stereo compositor: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Nathan Behmlander .... stereo compositor (3D version 2012)
Kevin Bennett .... production coordinator: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Jason Bowers .... stereoscopic compositor (3D version 2013)
Sean Callahan .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
David Carothers .... model maker: USFX
Dan Carpenter .... stereo compositor (3D version 2013)
Peter Charron .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Sam Comstock .... animator: USFX
Stuart Cudlitz .... animator: USFX
Anderson Dane .... asset technician: Legend 3D (3D Version 2013)
Rikk Davis .... stereo artist / visual effects (3D version 2013)
John Eaves .... model maker: USFX
James Eggleston .... stereo compositor: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Erick Escobales .... stereo artist: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Mark Philip Escobar .... lead stereo compositor (3D version 2013)
Paul Faeldo .... stereo compositor: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Phylicia Feldman .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Rick Fichter .... director of photography: USFX
Rodney Figueroa .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Anthony Garcellano .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Anthony Garcia .... stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Adam Ghering .... stereoscopic compositing supervisor (2013 3D version)
Whitney Green .... production manager: USFX
William Groshelle .... animation supervisor: USFX
Miles Hall .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D Version 2012)
Donald Hansard Sr. .... process coordinator (as Don Hansard Sr.)
Don Hansard .... process engineer (as Don Hansard Jr.)
Derek Hanson .... stereo compositor: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Andrew Harris .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Adam Hlavac .... stereo compositor: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Mike Hopkinson .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Craig Houston .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Danny Huynh .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Paul Ingegneri .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Matthew Kemper .... lead compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Gerry Kodo .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Keith Kolod .... lead stereoscopic compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Alexander Limpin .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Marc Llorin .... lead stereo artist (3D Version 2013)
Jason Lodas .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Kim Mandilag .... lead stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Tyler Marino .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Tony Masiello .... asset technician: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Dexter Matias .... stereo artist: Legend3D
Jonathan McClintic .... digital compositor (3D version 2013)
Jonathan McClintic .... stereoscopic conversion (3D version 2013)
Elizabeth McClurg .... stereo compositor (3D version 2013)
Marghi McMahon .... model maker: USFX (as Marghe McMahon)
Ted Moehnke .... pyrotechnician: USFX
Earle Murphy .... model maker: USFX
Kjell Ness .... assistant model maker: USFX
Liana Padilla .... senior stereo artist (2013 3D version)
Allessandro Palladini .... assistant model maker: USFX
Sandy Phetchamphone .... lead stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Jason Reese .... IT help desk lead: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Mitchell Romanauski .... assistant model maker: USFX
Erasmo Romero .... stereo compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Steve Romero .... stereo compositor: stereoscopic conversion, Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Ali Said .... digital artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
James Salas .... stereo compositing coordinator: Legend3D (3D version 2013)
Steve Sanders .... model maker: USFX (as Steven Sanders)
Daniel Sandoval-Guillen .... lead compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
David Settlow .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Jared Simms .... visual effects artist (3D Version 2013)
David Sosalla .... model department supervisor: USFX
Wes Takahashi .... animator: USFX
Sunny Thipsidakhom .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Brian Thomason .... stereo compositor (3D version 2013)
Ted Trabucco .... lead stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Patrick Trienta .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Ben Ussher .... stereo artist: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Aaron Williams .... lead stereo artist: Legend 3D (2013 3D version)
Eddy Wolfson .... compositor: Legend 3D (3D version 2013)
Lorraine Torres .... production assistant: Legend 3D (3D version 2013) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Donna Keegan .... stunts
Randy Peters .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunt coordinator
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Art Scholl .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Alavardo .... aerial camera operator
Larry Blanford .... aerial camera operator
Michael W. Blymyer .... lighting technician
James Campana .... assistant grip: USFX
Richard Clark .... video engineer
John J. Connor .... camera operator (as John Connor)
Jack Cooperman .... aerial camera operator
Jack Cooperman .... underwater camera operator
William Coss .... second assistant camera (as William F. Coss)
Dan Delgado .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jim Duggan .... second company grip (as James Michael Duggan)
Robert W. Duggan .... dolly grip
Jon Else .... assistant camera: USFX
John Gazdik .... assistant camera: USFX
John Gilbert .... f-14 camera consultant
David Hallinger .... assistant camera: USFX
C.J. Heatley .... aerial camera operator (as Lcdr. C.J. 'Heater' Heatley)
Jan M. Heyneker .... grip: USFX (as Jan Heyneker)
George Howe .... aerial camera operator
William Kelly .... aerial camera operator
Dan Koblash .... aerial camera operator
Clay Lacy .... air to air photography (as Clay Lacey)
George P. Leahy .... f-14 camera consultant (as George Leahy)
Stephen Lighthill .... assistant camera: USFX
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph Bahnsen Nelson)
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
David B. Nowell .... aerial camera operator (as David Nowell)
Tom Prophet Jr. .... first company grip (as Thomas Prophet Jr.)
Ward Russell .... chief lighting technician
Gregory J. Schmidt .... first assistant camera (as Greg Schmidt)
Donald Smith .... animation camera operator: USFX
Jeff Stanman .... lighting technician (as Jeffrey D. Stanman)
Peter Thomas .... key grip: USFX
Don Thompson .... aerial camera operator
Gary Tolbert .... aerial camera operator
Joseph F. Valentine .... Steadicam operator (as Joe Valentine)
D. Michael Wheeler .... second assistant camera
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: underwater scenes (uncredited)
Robert Edesa .... camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lisa Clarkson .... casting associate
Jeff Greenberg .... casting assistant
Tina Real .... extras casting (uncredited)
Tina Real .... local extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wingate Jones .... wardrobe: men (as Wingate Jones Jr.)
John Napolitano .... wardrobe: men
Bobbie Read .... costume supervisor: women
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor: men
Lew Richard .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Childs .... assistant editor: USFX
Mark Elson .... assistant film editor
Claudia Finkle .... assistant film editor
Stacey A. Foiles .... assistant editor: USFX (as Stacey Foiles)
Mike Moskowitz .... apprentice film editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Talmadge Pearsall .... musician: keyboard (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan Marrow .... transportation captain
Al Orazi .... transportation captain
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator
Mike Robinson .... driver: 15-F hauler (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lloyd Abel .... F-14 aerial coordinator (as Lcdr. Lloyd 'Bozo' Abel)
Lloyd Abel .... F-14 aircrew (as Lcdr. Lloyd 'Bozo' Abel)
Scott D. Altman .... F-14 aircrew (as Lt. Scott 'D-Bear' Altman)
Julianna Arenson .... production auditor (as Juli Arenson)
Diana Austin .... production auditor: USFX
Billy Badalato .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Dave Baranek .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Dave 'Bio' Baranek)
Michael Blue .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Michael 'Vida' Blue)
Dennis Broska .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. Dennis 'Loner' Broska)
Patti Carr .... assistant: Mr. Badalato
T.J. Cassidy .... cooperation and support (as RADM T.J. Cassidy)
Peter Caulk .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Peter 'Horse' Caulk)
Dan Curry .... title designer
John Cushing .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Maj. John 'Player' Cushing)
Jim Destafney .... navy dialogue consultant (as Jim 'Flex' Destafney)
Michael Dilbeck .... record company consultant
Dennis Dilucente .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Capt. Dennis 'Sunshine' Dilucente)
Gregory Dishart .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Gregory 'Hollywood' Dishart)
Ron Eisenman .... first aid (as Ron Eiseman)
Michael Galpin .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Michael 'Flex' Galpin)
J.A. Garrow .... cooperation and support officer: U.S. Navy (as Radm J.A. Garrow)
Barbara Gerard .... assistant: Mr. Gutierrez, USFX crew
Ricky Hammonds .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. Ricky 'Organ' Hammonds)
Thomas R. Harmon .... aerial consultant
James L. Holloway III .... cooperation and support officer: U.S. Navy (as Adm James L. Holloway III USN ret.)
John Horton .... government relations
Catalaine Knell .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Chuck Lewis .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. Chuck 'Silver' Lewis)
Terrence McGuire .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Capt. Terrence 'Circus' McGuire)
Scott Metcalfe .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Rick Moe .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. Rick 'Curly' Moe)
David B. Nowell .... astrovision operator (as David Knoll)
Ron Oberman .... record company consultant
Gayle Peabody .... assistant auditor: USFX
Pete Pettigrew .... technical advisor (as Peter 'Viper' Pettigrew)
Gary Platek .... armature designer: USFX
James Ray .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. James 'Jambo' Ray)
Brian Reeves .... digital engineer
David Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
June Samson .... script supervisor
Ben Schneider .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. Ben 'Rabbi' Schneider)
Ray Seckinger .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Maj. Ray 'Secks' Seckinger)
John Henry Semcken .... cooperation and support officer: U.S. Navy (as Lt. John Henry Semcken)
Tracy Skeels .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. Tracy 'Too Cool' Skeels)
Kenneth Smith .... f-14 aircrew (as Lt. JG Kenneth 'Squire' Smith)
Matthew Snyder .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Thomas Sobieck .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lcdr. Thomas 'Sobs' Sobieck)
William Spence .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. William 'Tex' Spence)
Ron Stack .... assistant auditor
Sandy Stairs .... navy public affairs (as Lt. Sandy Stairs)
Richard T. Stevens .... aerial consultant
Randy Stiles .... navy public affairs (as Lt. Randy Stiles)
Peter Stolz .... pyrotechnician: USFX
Michael Straight .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Capt. Michael 'Boa' Straight)
Sally Syberg .... production coordinator: USFX
Sally Syberg .... production secretary: USFX
Barbara Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Christine Whitney .... production coordinator: USFX
Robert Willard .... navy aerial coordinator (as Lcdr. Robert 'Rat' Willard)
Robert Willard .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lcdr. Robert 'Rat' Willard)
Erick Willenbrock .... navy public affairs (as Cdr. Erick Willenbrock)
James Winnefeld .... top gun instructor and mig pilot (as Lt. James 'Jaws' Winnefeld)
Jerry Irvine .... rocket effects (uncredited)
Lisbeth Siegel .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Kathleen Walker .... production secretary (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John F. Lehman Jr. .... special thanks (as The Secretary of the Navy - The Honorable John F. Lehman Jr.)
Art Scholl .... dedicatee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
110 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-14 | France:U | Iceland:L | India:U | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Norway:11 (re-rating) (2013) | Norway:16 (1986) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | South Korea:12 (1987) | Sweden:11 | UK:12 | USA:PG (No. 28069) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Other real names of the pilots/RIOs were that are not otherwise mentioned in the movie, but only by their callsigns are: Hollywood: Lt. Rick Neven; Wolfman: Lt(jg) Leonard Wolfe; Slider: Lt(jg) Ron Kerner; Cougar: Lt . Bill Cortell; Merlin: Lt(jg) Sam Wells.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During some of the training hops, you can clearly see that Merlin, not Goose, is Maverick's RIO.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Flight Captain:Good morning, Scott.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Which motorcycle does Tom Cruise ride in the movie?
Why aren't more F14's launched for the final dog-fight against the Migs at the end of the film? It seems a little silly to only send up two with Maverick in reserve.
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"I Feel The Need, The Need For Speed", 9 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Top Gun it can be argued is the perfect Reagan Era film and is is definitely the film that cemented Tom Cruise's stardom. It's probably now the film that most people will identify him with.

Cruise plays Pete Mitchell aka Maverick who gets recommended for the Navy's elite Top Gun fighter pilot school. The best of the best train here at what they euphemistically call Fightertown, USA. The problem Tom has is he's the best and he knows it. That doesn't near and endear him to his fellow pilots.

You can add Top Gun to a list of films that goes all the way back to Task Force where the story of the development of the aircraft carrier was told, to The Bridges at Toko-Ri which was a film that told about the first jet air war in Korea. What Gary Cooper flew in Task Force and what William Holden piloted in The Bridges at Toko-Ri are as ancient to Cruise's generation as what Eddie Rickenbacker flew in the first World War was to Holden and Cooper.

One thing that has not left is that war in the air still is the glamor service because it allows a record of individual achievement. And with flying combat at the speeds they do, one has to make less than split second decisions. The men are better now than they were in the previous wars simply because they have to be.

Cruise is ably assisted by such folks as Tim Rossovich, Barry Tubb, Clarence Gilyard, Whip Hubley, and Adrian Pasdar as fellow pilots at the Top Gun school. Val Kilmer turns in a nice performance as Cruise's number one rival to be number one in the class.

Best in the film besides Tom is Anthony Edwards as his co-pilot and best friend. His death scene with Cruise is particularly poignant as is Edwards's wife Meg Ryan's scene with Tom as he breaks the news.

Romance for Cruise is provided by Kelly McGillis who certainly had her choice of hunks to fall for, but this film doe seem to make a point that women like confidence in their men even if it can be overbearing at times to those around. McGillis is a civilian instructor so the romance does not bring Tom or her under military fraternization infractions.

Top Gun is a film every bit as good as the ones I mentioned before. Tom Cruise was never more appealing on the screen. And this review is dedicated to the fighter pilots of the United States Navy, some of the best and brightest of the younger generation who are defending freedom for old codgers like me.

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