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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maverick
... Charlie
... Iceman
... Goose
... Viper
... Jester
... Cougar
... Wolfman
... Slider
... Merlin
... Sundown
... Hollywood
... Stinger
... Carole
... 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 »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Top Guns  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Kelly McGillis was cast because the producers loved her in Witness (1985). See more »

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An aircraft carrier never turns on its own radar, nor do any of its escorting surface ships. The radar signal can be backtracked to its source; it's like lighting a match or a flashlight in the dark. Our flying services do this routinely; we have air-to-surface missiles that can backtrack a radar signal to its source and take out the radar set (and probably a number of members of the crew as well.) All radar surveillance is done by E-2C 'Hawkeye' radar planes. Their radar signals can be backtracked to their source as well, but all they do is give the enemy a general idea of where the carrier is, and by the time they worked out the exact location, F-14s would be in position to intercept any hostile aircraft. Further, the F-14s would not turn their radars on either; they'd get all of their interception instructions from the airborne Hawkeyes. See more »

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

Following the pictures of actors in the film in the closing credits, a brief shot is shown of two F-14s flying by amidst a red sky with a mountain in the background. The closing credits play over this mountain sunset scenery. See more »

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Playing With The Boys
By Kenny Loggins, Ina Wolf, and Péter Wolf
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Produced by Péter Wolf
Kenny Loggins courtesy of CBS Records
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Beautifully fake
30 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

There is a school of thought that says all movies should be compared on an absolute scale. It would say that movies must have a high level of credibility or familiarity in order to be "good" movies. People who fall into this category simply should not watch Top Gun. They won't enjoy it. Other people take the opposite, but no more valid approach of looking a each movie individually, disregarding all else but the movie. For these people, no outside reality or credibility is important, because for them, a movie exists to entertain in whatever way it chooses to. These people would enjoy Top Gun very much. It is extremely doubtful that the producers ever even considered making Top Gun as a portrait of a fighter pilot's life, and this is why it is entertaining. It is a rare type of movie, one that no one dares to make today, one that not only transcends reality, but wears it as a mask into the world of fantasy. Everything from the wild dogfights to the fake love to the over the top glamorized (or should I say canonized) characters lets you know that this is a good old American hero drama. That is why it is a horrible and fraudulent portrait of reality, and that is why I love it.


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