Release Year: 1986
Director: Tony Scott
Writers: Jim Cash (screenplay), Jack Epps, Jr. (screenplay), Ehud Yonay (magazine article “Top Gun”)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerrit, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan
Rating: Won 1 Oscar: Best Original Song. Nominated for 3 Oscars: Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Special Effects. Won 1 Golden Globe: Best Original Song. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Score.
Maverick (Tom Cruise) and his partner Goose (Anthony Edwards) are sent to train with the best of the best at the Navy’s elite Top Gun fighter pilot school. Maverick is the best, the only problem is he knows it, and that makes him dangerous.
Tony Scott’s Top Gun sky-rocketed Tom Cruise to fame and delivered one of the most memorable soundtracks of the 1980s together with a number of unforgettable scenes and quotes. Who can forget “Your ego is writing checks you body can’t cash”, or, “I feel the need. The need for speed”. The film when viewed harshly and objectively is in its essence mediocre, but it is elevated by its iconic 1980-ness, its music (especially the Oscar winning original song “Take My Breath Away”), and a young and devilishly charming Cruise (Mission: Impossible, 1996) budding heads with an equally young snarky Val Kilmer (Tombstone, 1993). The added romance, and the somewhat melodramatic plotpoints combined with intense air fight scenes, gives Top Gun a unique blend, although it stretches its credibility to the limit, especially in the final sequence. Lessons are learned, ballads are delivered, motor bikes ridden, and one-liners delivered like there’s no tomorrow and the result is good old-fashioned entertainment.
Anthony Edwards was the only actor on set who didn’t vomit once while in the fighter jets.
Picture Copyright: UIP
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In all its seriousness, Top Gun almost invites parody, and Hot Shots! is a fine example of a spoof done right!