Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, MIchael Ironside, Barry Tubb, John Stockwell, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Whip Hubley, James Tolkan, Meg Ryan
Directed by Tony Scott
Run Time: 110 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Release Date: May 16, 1986
My Score: 9 out of 10
Hotshot naval pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is sent to the Top Gun Academy to enhance his flying skills with his co-pilot Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards). There, Maverick enters a head-to-head battle with fellow classmate Tom “Iceman” Kasanzky (Kilmer) for the top spot in the class and falls in love with Charlotte Blackwood (McGillis), who turns out to be one of his instructs at Top Gun.
This movie screams the 80’s, but heck!! It is what it is! Top Gun is your typical 80’s film with a basic plot, a killer soundtrack, and great stars!
Tom Cruise stars as Maverick, a hot shot pilot given the chance to train at the Top Gun Flight Academy in Fightertown, USA. At the school, there is a whole host of unforgettable characters that feel like they are unique, but also could fit into any 80’s flick. The most notable, tough call between Val Kilmer’s Iceman and Kelly McGillis’s Charlotte Blackwood who is Maverick’s instructor and also love interest. The plot is basic, but the dogfight at the end is great. Although it has pacing problems at points, the lines and music makeup for it entirely and make those moments easy to forget.
The film is memorable in many ways. The lines are great, some even go to length and are iconic (“I feel the need…the need for speed”) and the soundtrack is even better. Featuring great songs that are still around today, including “Take My Breath Away”, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, and “Danger Zone”; its obvious why this movie has made its impact on culture. Older generations grew up watching it, and younger ones continue to discover it.
Top Gun may not be the most sophisticated film, but its a fun ride with great characters, iconic lines and a memorable soundtrack that make it a timeless classic for many movie goers.