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Top Gun

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: October 21st, 1998

PG |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn't only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he's also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Cast: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb

Director: Tony Scott

Genres: Action, Adventure

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Rise, 1980s, Wife, Rivalry, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Like "An Officer and a Gentleman", Top Gun travels a cramped emotional range. The characters don't really change, but have plot devices imposed on them. Unlike its template, however, Top Gun does have a payoff: Maverick and his pals do a lot of flying, and many of the aerial scenes are impressive. [16 May 1986, p.6]

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is a movie that comes in two parts: It knows exactly what to do with special effects, but doesn't have a clue as to how two people in love might act and talk and think. show more

  • 75
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    No doubt about it: Top Gun is going to be the hit that "The Right Stuff" should have been. They are not in the same class of films, but this much must be said: The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film. show more

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Nominated Sound
Winner Music (Original Song)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Effects Editing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture