Movies That Everyone Should See: “Top Gun”

With the passing of Tony Scott last week, I knew that I wanted to feature one of his films as this week’s MTESS.

There were a number of choices… as I studied his filmography, I was surprised at just how many really good movies he had left us.

But there really was only one choice to feature first. It’s the movie that the media deemed his biggest, often mentioning it in the headlines last week right alongside his name. It’s a quintessential “Tom Cruise movie”, and a shining example of the slick, entertaining action movies that were so in vogue in the 1980s. A movie that has earned a permanent name for itself in pop culture.

“Top Gun”

After the pilot of the flight team in line ahead of them loses his nerve during an encounter with a Russian MiG, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) are sent to Top Gun, the elite combat training school for naval aviators. Each year, Top Gun takes the best of the best Navy fighter pilots and offers them elite combat training. They fly multiple missions daily, with intensive analysis following. They’re the top fighter pilots in the world, in intensive training to hone their skills. With each flight, they take multi-million dollar jets thousands of feet into the air, at hundreds of miles an hour.

Competition to be the best is intense. The “Top Gun Trophy” is awarded annually to the team that completes training with the highest marks. Maverick and Goose are strong contenders for the title, but Maverick’s hotheaded attitude gets in the way. He continually makes brash decisions and disregards protocols. He’s a thorn in the side of his instructors (Tom Skerritt and Michael Ironside). He even gets entangled romantically with a civilian consultant at the school (Kelly McGillis).

It turns out he is chasing the ghost of his father, who was also a fighter pilot… one whose performance was questioned. Maverick earns ghosts of his own as he suffers an “unrecoverable” accident during a training exercise, one with tragic consequences. In a field where instincts, certainty and courage are central to success, he has to learn to master his emotions in time to eventually answer the call of duty.

Top Gun is an actual naval flight training school; the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (SFTI), based in Miramar, California. It was established in 1969 to help offset aerial combat shortcomings experienced in Vietnam (made mention of in the film). Its mission was to “develop, refine and teach aerial dogfight tactics and techniques to selected fleet air crews, using the concept of Dissimilar Air Combat Training”. Dissimilar Air Combat Training meant using smaller fighters jets to fly against in order to simulate combat with Russian MiGs. In 1996 the program was merged into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer got the idea for the film from a magazine article about the school (“Top Guns”, Ehud Yonay, California magazine, May 1983). As he recalls, he considered the idea as “Star Wars on Earth”. They purchased the article and hired writers Jim Cash and Jack Epps to come up with a script.

The cooperation of the Navy was essential to the making of the film. Everyone involved in the production agreed that the movie wouldn’t be effective without the actual fighter jets. Discussion began, and after signing off on some script changes (including the removal of an accidental mid-air collision and moving combat sequences to international waters) the military signed off and the project could move forward.

After stalling at Paramount for a brief period, the project picked up again when Paramount brass turned over in 1984 (Michael Eisner and Jeff Katzenberg left for Disney). John Carpenter and David Cronenberg turned down the chance to direct.

Director Tony Scott, at that point, had only directed “The Hunger”, but he had done a SAAB commercial that featured a jet racing a car. Based on that small experience, he was brought in. He says that his vision for the movie was a supercharged popcorn flick. It was rock-n-roll in fighter jets.

However, Scott’s working relationship with the producers was contentious. Reportedly he was officially fired three times during production.

The movie kept moving forward, though. The Navy made a number of F-14s available. Shooting took place at the actual school in Miramar and at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. Carrier scenes were shot aboard the  USS Enterprise and USS Ranger. Paramount commissioned the makers of the F-14 to develop and install special camera mounts on the planes. This allowed them to capture aerial point-of-view footage of the Tomcats in flight. They reportedly paid $7,800 an hour anytime flights were made outside the normal course of duty. Legend holds that at one point, Tony Scott wrote a $25,000 check to turn the carrier they were shooting on, in order to cover the costs, just so that they could get ten more minutes of shooting with the sunset in frame.

This was the movie that catapulted Tom Cruise into superstardom. Today, he’s one of the most accomplished actors in screen history… the very definition of an A-List star. But at the time, Cruise had only “Losin’ It”, “Risky Business”, “All the Right Moves” and “Legend” as leading roles on his résumé. Not all of them were hits, in fact, he was coming directly off “Legend”, which was a flop. Though he was a star, he was not a household name by any means.

“Top Gun” would change that in a big way.

Cruise had the cocksure attitude that the role demanded. Young, good-looking and arrogant, Cruise had everything needed to play a “hotshot” fighter pilot. The cocky grin, the bravado. It’s a persona that he would become associated with, especially since he followed this movie with “The Color of Money”, and “Cocktail”.

America ate it up. He quickly became as big a movie star as there could be.

“Top Gun” certainly comes with a seasoning of cheese. Why is there a civilian consultant so intrinsically involved in their training (Answer: to appease the Navy, who didn’t want it to appear that sexual conduct occurred between staff and student) and how is she so hot? Does the school practice singing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”? How do they have time for beach volleyball? Where’d Maverick get the motorcycle? The movie opens with Maverick and Goose in inverted flight atop a MIG, and barely lets up from there. The combat incident against the Soviets in the Cold War 80s that serves as the film’s climax is given next to zero explanation and apparently has absolutely no repercussions, even though it would have amounted to a major international incident.

But the film overcomes it with a steady stream of aerial acrobatics, expertly edited, and set to hard-driving music. The pacing of the movie is fantastic. You’re never given much time before you’re watching barrel rolls and missile locks and roaring jet engines. And while off duty on the ground, the movie serves up enough romance and drama to keep things moving. The tragedy in the middle of the film was surprising, to say the least, and gave the audience a strong degree of emotional involvement.

The soundtrack to the film was enormously successful as well, going platinum nine times and holding the top spot on the Billboard chart for five different weeks. Harold Faltermeyer scored the film with his trademark ’80s synthpop, while Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock wrote original songs. Judas Priest was asked to contribute a song (“Reckless”) but declined because they thought the movie would flop. Bryan Adams was asked permission to use his song “Only the Strong Survive”, but he refused because he felt that the film glorified war. Similarly, attempts to secure the use of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” failed as well. The songs that were used in the film, however, became hugely successful.

“Take My Breath Away”, the love song, was performed by the band Berlin. It slow bass line and smoldering vocals conveyed a  sensuality that carried it all the way to number one on the charts that year. It won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

But the most famous song from the film was “Danger Zone”, performed by Kenny Loggins. Loggins was the king of the movie soundtrack in the 1980s, but “Danger Zone” is easily his most famous movie theme. Ironically, he wasn’t the first choice to record the song. Toto and REO Speedwagon were both given the opportunity. Thankfully, they didn’t pan out (REO wanted to write their own song, and Toto fell out contractually), as the Loggins song has become synonymous with the movie in pop culture, and has earned a legacy of its own.

“Top Gun” is a thrill ride of a film. It takes you up into the cockpit of an F-14 and shakes you around. The time on the ground between flights is filled with romance and bromance, and carried by the charisma of a cast of young stars to be: Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan.

It was the top grossing movie of 1986, and was instrumental in giving momentum to the home video market. It was the movie that supercharged Tom Cruise’s career. It became the high water mark of director Tony Scott’s career, so much so it was mentioned in the same breath with him at when he passed away, with many headlines reading “Top Gun director Tony Scott”, in spite of the many excellent movies to his name on his filmography.

It’s a movie that has earned a name for itself in the collective consciousness, and rightfully so.

It’s definitely a “Movie That Everyone Should See“.

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73 thoughts on “Movies That Everyone Should See: “Top Gun”

  1. And here we disagree…

    From the time I was 13 until the time I was 19, TOP GUN was my favorite film with a bullet. I could recite every line, wore out a cassette copy of the soundtrack, and had a large copy of the poster on my bedroom wall.

    Three or four years ago, I rewatched it trying to forget all of that – watching it “with fresh eyes” as much as one can. What did I discover? The movie…sorta sucks.

    What I discovered then, which if you’ll permit me I’ll quote now is:

    “This movie, while fun for some of us, has not aged well at all. It is not much more than a two hour recruitment informercial for the U.S. Navy, with an overbearing score, and every hot-shot cliché you can think of. It’s a relic of The Cold War and too stereotypical for it’s own good.”

    (Case you’re interested, here’s the link to the whole piece – http://www.thematinee.ca/back-to-basics-top-gun/)

    • I’ll definitely try to swing by and check that out.

      Listen, this was never the most critic proof movie in the first place. I was eye rolling in my first viewing! But here’s the thing. It’s supremely entertaining. Totally watchable. People LOVE it.

      I wouldn’t say it sucks, I just watched it this weekend to write this and I’d say (aside from the onboard targeting systems) everything holds up well. Fun, fast paced, frivolous. But cherised by the movie going public to an enormous degree.

      And that’s its ticket to induction here, my friend. :D

      • Well, sure – you rewatched it…but you’ve seen it before. That’s a rigged deck.

        In the interest of science, get someone who’s never seen it to watch it and see what they say.

  2. I watched this constantly as a kid. I think it was one of the movies alongside Jungle Book, Forrest Gump, and The Muppets Movie where the tape wore out from numerous repeat watchings. I was sort of interested in a Top Gun 2.

    Weird that Scott’s first big movie was about jets and his last film ended up being about a train.

    • LOL. That IS strange now that you bring it up.

      I dont know about Top Gun 2, although, obviously they have a perfect set up for it. Maverick is an instruction now, and he plays the Skerritt role. I dunno if he’d take a backseat and do a supporting role, but I can see that movie happening.

      I think it’d be hard to capture the lightning in a bottle again though. The spirit here was so 80s, you know?

  3. Scott created a legend in this film. Great story, actors, soundtrack, and production that you mentioned; super film. Awesome tribute telling of the article origin and strong use of epic pics. Yes the film is dated, but the aerial acrobatics are phenomenal still. I grew up with this film and living near a jet base now, I hear the sound of jets or as I call it the sound of ‘freedom’ daily. The cheese is tremendous. Here’s a fun quote from Stinger/James Tolkan originally a NY stage actor who actually was IN the Navy at one time in his life who put this first line in the script after talking with his real life counterpart. This post Fogs – SUBLIME! :-)

    Stinger: Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing. What you should have done was land your plane! You don’t own that plane, the tax payers do! Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash. You’ve been busted, you lost your qualifications as section leader three times, put in hack twice by me, with a history of high speed passes over five air control towers, and one admiral’s daughter!
    Goose: Penny Benjamin?
    [Maverick shrugs]
    Stinger: And you asshole, you’re lucky to be here!
    Goose: Thank you, sir.
    Stinger: And let’s not bullshit Maverick. Your family name ain’t the best in the Navy. You need to be doing it better, and cleaner than the other guy. Now what is it with you?
    Maverick: Just want to serve my country, be the best pilot in the Navy, sir.
    Stinger: Don’t screw around with me Maverick. You’re a hell of an instinctive pilot. Maybe too good. I’d like to bust your butt but I can’t. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this squadron to Miramar. I gotta do something here, I still can’t believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I’m gonna send you up against the best. You two characters are going to Top Gun.

    • Heh! Glad you dug it. Definitely happy you liked.

      I’m not going to “pose” and say that this one is one of my favorites or anything. And in fact, this may be one of the handful of movies that gets written up here AND in my cheese-tastic classics series…

      But this is a spectacle of a movie. I definitely remember the first time I saw it, and it really fired me up. It held up well on rewatch. The strengths are still strong, and the weaknesses are no worse than the were in 86. Strong example of an enetertaining action movie.

      Thanks again for the props, your contributions here are always welcome and enjoyable too! :D

      • Definitely spectacle cheese as you say.
        I almost forgot the very first line of dialogue in the movie which is a bit ‘cheeky’ (term works since director is British).

        “Morning Scott” ;-)

  4. I love the music, the flying, the fights, the pick up lines, the sweaty volleyball game. I still cry when goose dies. I love the chase followed by kiss on the side of the road. I love Maverick’s arrogance. Great Balls of Fire….I love every bit of the CHEESE….. I love this movie!!!

  5. Hi, Fogs and company:

    ‘Top Gun’ entertains on many levels. Considering its cast of stalwart, reliable talent, how could it not be?

    Very good to excellent model work and action editing. Even if the great big Dogfight at the end was a bit much. The F-14 was created to kill at a distance with missiles. Long before getting into gun range.

    Still prefer John Milius’ ‘Flight of the Intruder’ Or its earlier, very borrowed from Korean War relation, ‘The Hunters’ with Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner from 1958.

    • I havent seen either of those, I’ll have to put them on my radar.

      As for “Top Gun”, there’s a number of things that you have to take with a grain of salt here. There’s really no such thing as the annual “Top Gun” trophy, they worked in a bunch of locker room scenes and the volleyball scene to try to give it a sports movie feel… and of course the fights themselves, as you say.

      But there is enough realism to make it work. And the reality is that that sort of action – those fighter jets – are exhilierating. I mean, that’s crazy stuff. It’s pretty awesome!

      • Hi, Fogs:

        Bonus 20 Point Trivia Question(s).

        Who was the actor who played Maverick’s RIO (GIB or Guy In Back for all us Air Force types) in the final Dogfight and what was his call sign or nickname?

      • LOL. Great trivia question… I do know the answer, but its almost not fair cause I just researched this movie for this post, but it was Tim Robbins and his call sign was Wizard. :D

        I debated whether to name drop him in the post, but its such a bit part and you cant even tell its him with the mask on and all. LOL.

  6. Ever been at a parade or sporting event with a jet fighter fly over? It’s awe inspiring. Shakes your whole body and fills one with wonder. Well that’s Top Gun. It’s the only film that captures the sensation of these powerful machines and their pilots. It’s been tried in other films, “Firefox” and “Stealth” to name two, but not the same. “top Gun” has a very high reality level, at least in the action sequences. While I can’t agree that everyone should see this film, I hardly think it is stereotypical! Nothing’s wrong with the gung-ho factor, it just adds to the adrenaline rush. Sometimes you gotta go along for the ride and feel the G-Force wash over you!

    • Of course I have! That NFC Championship game, for one! LOL. EVERYTHING shook.

      Good grief, I cant even imagine the g Force involved.

      I have no problems with people questioning the movie, but I’m sticking by guns. My litmus test is imagining myself at a party and someone talking to me about movies, and claiming to be a movie fan… if it comes up they havent seen this movie, I am definitely mentally knociking them down a peg in my estimation. No doubt.

  7. Right on Fogs! Yes, this is a must-see for everyone, esp. those who didn’t grow up in the 80s, ahah. This was so popular when I was in jr high, I mean all my girlfriends had a crush on Tom Cruise, naturally. The flying sequences were a lot of fun to watch, too, and seeing how skinny Val Kilmer used to be, mwahahaha…

    • Heh! Yeah, that definitely DID stand out. I cant give Val too much grief though, I was a much thinner man at that age, myself. :D

      While I cant attest to girls having crushes on this flick or anything, I can say it was super popular around high school, too. Everyone was talking about it, went to see it multiple times, etc… Big hit, this one. VERY popular. :D

  8. We had this on VHS back in the day and watched the living hell out of it. While it certainly brings back some nostalgia upon viewing now, it does not hold up to the modern scrutiny of my critical eye very well.
    When I was 14 this film did not seem so cheesy and filled with homoerotica as it does now. However, upon a rewatch I am filled with shock and awe and not for the reasons I think the film intended.
    What’s up with only one tiny volleyball pic? That is the most telling scene in the film.

    • LOL. Screencapping is an art in and of itself, bub. That scene is actually full of solo shots, and very few full court shots. Without wanting to do a photo essay on it, I figured I’d go with the cheese-tastic heart of the scene, “Tom Cruise” spiking a volleyball (Totally a stand in that did it)

      This movie was always like that, you just didnt pick up on it at first. I recognized the cheese and bromance right from jump street. But back then, the theatres were full of movies like that. And we loved ‘em. I think it still stands out as a classic piece of popcorn entertainment.

      • I always assumed Cruise spiked that ball, but that some extras pulled the net way down to get the shot ;-)

        I also blame this film for causing my brother and I to set up a volleyball net in our yard. Seemed like you could not go to a party that summer without having to play volleyball.

      • Heh. I had friends who build a court. Pro net, wood boundaries, raked dirt surface. Good stuff.

        I read that sales of bomber jackets and aviator glasses went through the roof, too. LOL

      • LMAO I forgot all about all those bomber jackets and aviator glasses, I am little jealous of your friends fancy volleyball pit. ;-)

      • just remembered that I had the soundtrack on vinyl.

        Bodies working overtime, it’s man against man And all that ever matters Is baby who’s ahead in the game Funny but it’s always the same
        Playing, playing with the boys Staying, playing with the boys After chasing sunsets One of life’s simple joys Is playing with the boys

        Can’t understand why The Boss would not let them use Born in the USA ;-)

      • This was WAY too funny not to post.

        Credit to Jedi for sharing… it can be shared with everyone, as long as I post warnings about the F Bombs and politically incorrect sexual preference humor, I suppose. LOL. Way too funny though.

  9. I blame “Top Gun” and “Star Wars” for the fact that I have a career in aerospace engineering. :) I mean, I know everyone points to it as making Tom Cruise a star, but all young boys (and some young girls) know the real star was the Northrop Grumman F-14. What a plane!

    (Though the A-10 Warthog has taken it’s spot as my favorite modern jet. A remake of Top Gun with slow, lumbering planes equipped with the heaviest rotary cannon ever mounted on an aircraft? Make it so, Hollywood.)

    • Hi, El Santo:

      I too love the A-10. The original ‘Wonder Warthog’.

      Your wish for an A-10 version of ‘Top Gun’ came close to fruition with ‘Fire Birds’ back in 1990. Though with Apache Attack Helicopters filling in for A-10s.

      The F-14 was designed to kill at a distance. A true Air Superiority Fighter. The A-10’s sole purpose is to kill tanks. And lots of them. In a NATO/European scenario that never happened.

      I find it angrily ironic that the Pentagon was going to give surplus A-10s to the Forest Service to use as Water Bombers just before the first Iraq War.

      Still remember all the media gloom and doom over the untested Abrams tank against Russian/Iraqi T-72s and T-80s and how ridiculous that argument was!

      • Oh shit! Watchout! FMR has erupted in aerial combat! :D

        Heh. I love blogging, never know what’s gonna go down.

        Hey Santo, I got a vision of you working at a CAD station doing some designs while wearing your luchador mask. Was I close? :D

      • @Fogs: Also, I have issues with that Snoopy pic, and I’m pretty sure you know why.

        Snoopy was always fighting the Red Baron. Which means: World War I. That dogfight is clearly the Nazi Luftwaffe of World War II. (Also, it features Spitfires and not Sopwith Camels, Snoopy’s plane of choice.) I DEMAND PAINSTAKING ACCURACY IN MY INTERNET MEMES, DAGGUMMIT!

      • The news had come out in the First World War The bloody Red Baron was flying once more The Allied command ignored all of its men And called on Snoopy to do it again.

        ‘Twas the night before Christmas, 40 below When Snoopy went up in search of his foe He spied the Red Baron, fiercely they fought With ice on his wings Snoopy knew he was caught.

        Christmas bells those Christmas bells Ring out from the land Asking peace of all the world And good will to man

        The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight Why he didn’t shoot, well, we’ll never know Or was it the bells from the village below.

        Christmas bells those Christmas bells Ringing through the land Bringing peace to all the world And good will to man

        The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine And forced him to land behind the enemy lines Snoopy was certain that this was the end When the Baron cried out, “Merry Christmas, my friend”

        The Baron then offered a holiday toast And Snoopy, our hero, saluted his host And then with a roar they were both on their way Each knowing they’d meet on some other day.

        Christmas bells those Christmas bells Ringing through the land Bringing peace to all the world And good will to man

        Christmas bells those Christmas bells Ringing through the land Bringing peace to all the world And good will to man :D

  10. Just judging the movie objectively, without reference to it’s cultural, political, and military impact on America and the World:

    I’ve always been of 2 minds about this one. On the one hand, it’s such a piece of pro-militiarism propaganda, with shallow characters and incredibly predictable plot.

    On the other hand HIGHWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE!!! ZOOM! POW! WHOOSH! AMERICA-FUCK-YEAH!

    So, …. yeah. The head says NAY!, the balls say FUCK-YEAH!

    However, on it’s impact on all that other stuff: Yeah, it’s a definite MTESS

  11. I was 7 years old when this movie came out… and so obviously I didn’t get to go to the theatre to watch it at the time. I don’t remember it ever being rented in my household either. So I didn’t see this in the 1980s, or even the 1990s.

    I finally saw it in 2005. But thanks to the local second-run theatre holding “midnight matinees” that summer (which I really wish they would do again), I got to see it on the big screen. That’s the way it should be. Great introduction to the film.

    This film is just a pure adrenaline rush. Tremendous fun. The soundtrack is great, like you say; I’ve got a copy on CD I picked up a few months back. Cruise and Kilmer are great. It’s no wonder this is Tony Scott’s most loved film. It’s great. I totally agree that it’s a movie that everyone should see… and since I came into it almost two decades late, I think that says it holds up pretty damned well.

    • Nice! There you go. The test that we’ve been looking for, LOL.

      It’s not Shakespeare or anything, obviously, but it’s entertaining as hell. :D Glad you could finally corroborate the fact it stands the test of time for people who watch it the first time nowadays….

      • A large TV and a good sound system. THis was one of the first films I watched when I got my surround sound system at home, and it’s well worth it just for sound alone. in 5.1 the planes, missiles, machine guns etc come at you from all angles. It’s really imersive.

  12. Excellent write up, Fogs, as we have all grown accustomed to. Thanks for putting in the time. I had an inkling that I might see something on FMR, as I was actually contemplating posting something on RD80s about Top Gun. Glad I didn’t now. Nice nod to the soundtrack as well. Definitely an icon among 80s films and will never get too cheesy to me as it has for some.
    The bar where they filmed the few scenes with Goose playing the piano and Mav at the jukebox is in San Diego. One day when I make it to the west coast, I will pay my respects.

    http://www.kcbbq.net/

    • Heh. A little Top Gun pilgrimage? :D

      Thank you for the kind words. I knew I wanted to write up one of Scott’s movies, and “Top Gun” was the easiest choice. It’s iconic. That’s all there is to it.

      HAD to mention the soundtrack! There’s times when I think the songs have a bigger legacy than the movie! :D “Danger Zone” is still played constantly. It’s awesome, how could that not get brought up?? :D

  13. Gelf pretty much summed up my thoughts on the movie. I agree that it’s a MTESS, mostly for the cultural impact. The aerial scenes are absolutely top notch, and as someone else noted, the real star of the show is the F-14 Tomcat.

    That said… my gawd this movie is horrible. It’s the template for every piece of crap Bruckheimer Reagan-loving masterbatory fantasy. The plot is paper-thin, which can be excused if the characters are interesting… and they are not. Every time you see Tom Cruise in the movie, I want someone to hit him. And Val Kilmer. And Michael Ironside for playing the same damn character he always plays. And Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerrit because they’re better than this. It’s cheese at it’s stinkiest, and as previously established Fogs, you have a much tougher constitution for it than I do.

    • LOL. You have a low tolerance for cheese!! :D

      It’s not an easy movie to defend, so I wont. I think its better than a lot of the movies you throw it down amongst, if only for the cast, music and the jets. I think it belongs in that category, but its one of the best. Easily.

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      • Ooooh, I like when my review score is predicted. Haha.

        I noticed it’s on Amazon Prime so I may check it out soon. If not, I’ll make sure it’s in my next project for ya.

  15. I can never see this movie’s title or think about it without subsequently cracking up about Quentin Tarantino’s theory about it. You can find it on youtube. It’s hilarious.

  16. Great write up. Couldn’t agree more. It’s one of those films I grew up with. The music, the stunts, the characters. They’re part of pop culture. They made a massive mark on the action film genre and upped the ante.

    To this day, I still get shocked when someone says they haven’t seen Top Gun.

    • Exactly. Listen, there a ton of “chinks in the armor” with this movie. Plenty of ways to attack it if that’s what you want to do.

      But its SO popular you basically HAVE to have it crossed off of your resume. I mean, I would give someone the sourface bigtime if they hadn’t seen it. You haven’t seen “TOP GUN”? LOL

      It definitely did leave its mark. Glad you agree Jaina, and glad this is one you enjoy!! :D

  17. I’ve really got to rewatch “Top Gun.” It’s been a looooong time.

    Main reason is I need to is to see if the film has improved as I have matured. I was in high school when it came out and I absolutely hated it. I couldn’t see what the fuss was all about. I’ve kind of avoided it since then, but I’ll give it another shot.

    • I dont know if it’s improved any. It’s definitely held its ground as cheesy, high octane 80s fun though. It definitely needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but… I think its still really enjoyable.

      Not sure “Mature Eyes” will help this one LOL

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