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Top Gun (1986)

PG | | Action, Drama | 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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Tony Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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Genres:

Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Top Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

During the final dogfight scene, Stinger orders, "Ready Willard and Simkin on cats 3 and 4" - an obvious reference to this film's dogfight choreographer "Rat" Robert Willard and its casting director Margery Simkin. See more »

Goofs

Viper tells Maverick, "that's not something the State Department tells dependents when the battle occurred over the wrong line on some map," in reference to the death of Maverick's father. While this is technically correct, it is only correct because the State Department is in no way involved in the process of informing military dependents on the deaths of service members, that is the responsibility of the Defense Department. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK widescreen VHS version released in 1996 and UK DVD versions released in 2000, later reissued in 2006 had an aspect ratio of 2.00:1. The theatrical prints and the DVD version released in 2004 (US) and 2005 (UK) have an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Please note the UK widescreen VHS version released in 1996 incorrectly states an aspect ratio of 2.1:1 on the cover. It does in fact match the UK DVD versions released in 2000 and 2006 which had an aspect ratio of 2.00:1. See more »

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Soundtracks

Mighty Wings
By Harold Faltermeyer & Mark Spiro
Performed by Cheap Trick
Produced by Harold Faltermeyer
Cheap Trick courtesy of CBS Records
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Polished and heartfelt
30 July 2002 | by neilandersonSee all my reviews

Top Gun is undoubtedly one of my favourite films, and one of those that has the ability to keep enthralling you even while watching for the tenth time. Director Tony Scott was chosen after the producers saw his work in advertising, and true to their judgement he has produced a visual masterpiece. It looks simply gorgeous, and the live action sequences have never been bettered. If there is one flaw in the film it is that it is somewhat shallow, with all of the people behind the film (and Tom Cruise) rather better at making visual spectaculars than an engaging story. However the story does work well in drawing you into the world of Maverick and his fellow naval aviators, Cruise forms an excellent rapport with Anthony Edwards as Goose, and the dialogue is snappy and eminently quotable. Everyone has at some stage used Maverick's line - "I couls tell you, but then I'd have to kill you", and the cover of the Righteous Brothers is unforgettable. The film is backed by one of the best soundtracks of the decade, and a very strong supporting cast. In my opinion, the film succeeds in everything it sets out to achieve. A cracking script, a gripping story, and simply stunning aerial photography. You have to see this film.


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