Review: The United States Naval Fighter Weapons school is where the best students train to compete to be best in the class. There are some things that are not taught in the classroom and one daring young pilot learns a lot from a civilian instructor.
Director: Tony Scott
Actors: Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Clarence Gilyard Jr, Whip Hubley, James Tolkan, Meg Ryan, Adrian Pasdar and Duke Stroud
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Romance
I enjoyed the flight sequences in this although I never really got an idea what they were doing in the sky or what their main purpose was. I didn’t know what they wanted to achieve. One of the stunt pilot’s Art Scholl was killed during the production of the movie, aged 54. The cause of the crash was never determined, and neither the aircraft nor his body was ever recovered. It is reported that Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis did not get on during or after filming. Interesting to see Meg Ryan in an early screen role. Apparently, actor John Travolta was considered for the role of Maverick. The problem was his agent’s asking price for him was too high, especially in light of his recent box-office flops. Tom Cruise’s first line in this film is “Talk to me, Goose”. It becomes a recurrent theme not only in the film but also in the sequel Top Gun: Maverick (2022). The film is dedicated to Art Scholl. At the Academy Awards in 1987 this won 1 Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (for the song “Take My Breath Away”). At the Golden Globe Awards in 1987 this won one award for Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Take My Breath Away).