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Plot, Details & Awards

Top Gun

(1986)
PG In Theaters 05/16/1986 , 109min.
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Plot & Details

Devil-may-care navy pilot Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is sent to Miramar Naval Air Station for advanced training. Here he vies with Tom Kasansky (Val Kilmer) for the coveted "Top Gun" award. When not so occupied, Mitchell carries on a romance with civilian consultant Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). Shaken up by the death of a friend, Mitchell loses the Top Gun honor to Kasansky. Worried that he may have lost his nerve, Mitchell is given a chance to redeem himself during a tense international crisis involving a crippled US vessel and a flock of predatory enemy planes. The story wasn't new in 1986, but Top Gun scored with audiences on the strength of its visuals, especially the vertigo-inducing aerial sequences. The film made more money than any other film in 1986 and even spawned a 1989 takeoff, Hot Shots. An Academy Award went to the Giogio Moroder-Tom Whitlock song "Take My Breath Away."

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Giorgio Moroder Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Cecelia Hall Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Chris Lebenzon Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Billy Weber Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Tom Whitlock Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects George Watters II Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Kevin O'Connell Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Donald O. Mitchell Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound William B. Kaplan Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Rick Kline Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Giorgio Moroder Won
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Tom Whitlock Won

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 People's Choice Awards Best Picture Won
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