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Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is an expert United States Naval Aviator. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School.
There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father’s death in combat that killed others due to his father’s error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in another way to Charlie Blackwood, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.
Top Gun is a 1986 American romantic military action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by an article titled “Top Guns” published in California magazine three years earlier.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego.
Top Gun was released on May 16, 1986. Upon its release, the film received generally mixed reviews from film critics but many particulary praised the action sequences, the effects, the aerial stunts, and the acting performances with Cruise and McGillis receiving the most praise. Despite its mixed critical reaction, the film was a huge commercial hit with grossing $356 million against production budget of only $15 million. With its success, the film became a cult film over the years and won for an IMAX 3D re-release in 2013. Additionally, the film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Take My Breath Away performed by Berlin.
Top Gun (1986)
Directed by: Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Tim Robbins, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Whip Hubley, Meg Ryan
Screenplay by: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.
Production Design by: John DeCuir Jr.
Cinematography by: Jeffrey L. Kimball
Film Editing by: Chris Lebenzon, Billy Weber
Set Decoration by: Robert R. Benton
Music by: Harold Faltermeyer
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 16, 1986