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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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Action | Drama | Romance

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16 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Top Guns  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" that Maverick and Charlie are listening to after the dinner at Charlie's house was written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper. Cropper, a member of Booker T's backup band, was portrayed as a member of the band in 'The Blues Brothers" and is an inductee into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. See more »

Goofs

During the final dog fight, Iceman's F-14 is hit, resulting in him shutting down an engine. This is now an emergency aircraft needing priority handling and landing ASAP. However, upon returning, Iceman elects to do a single engine high speed flyby with Maverick. 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 »


Soundtracks

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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The piece of crap that happened to be one of my favorite movies......ever!
4 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

To start, I watched thousands of movies, literally (The Godfather, Goodfellas, etc..). And from my perspective, Top Gun is an average popcorn flick. The plot is as cheesy as any movie. After you watch the movie for a while, the story will fade but something else will stick with you. That thing is what forced me to give this movie a 9/10. What is that thing? Well, the feel of the movie, the mode. The 80s fresh air. And the beautiful soundtrack. These things overcome all the flaws in this all-flawed movie. This is the weirdest review I have ever wrote, but it's true. You will like and detest this movie at the same time. The question is: what feeling will you choose? To conclude, this is a really terrible movie but one of my favorites. Give it a chance (on a big screen) and you won't be disappointed or will you?


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