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Film REVIEW: Top Gun (1986) - ★★★★


Director: Tony Scott


Writers: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr.

Based on: "Top Guns" article by Ehud Yonay


Stars: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt.


Genre: Action, Drama

Themes: Pilot, Male Camaraderie, US Navy


As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews from film critics. Despite its initial mixed critical reaction, the film was a huge commercial hit.

The film maintained its popularity over the years. Additionally, the soundtrack to the film has since become one of the most popular movie soundtracks to date.

A sequel, titled Top Gun: Maverick, was released 36 years later to greater critical and commercial success.



MIX UP RATING:

★★★


MIX UP REVIEWS:

★★★★


Charlie (Age 14) - ★★★★

"I watched Top Gun 1986 and I really enjoyed it. The filming was amazing for a movie made so long ago and it was good how at the end maverick decided to stay in Top Gun and become an instructor. I really liked the planes and I would give the movie 4 stars."




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AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS


ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS: 4 WINS: 1

WINNER: Best Original Song - "Take My Breathe Away" Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock

Best Sound

Best Film Editing

Best Effects


GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 2 WINS: 1

WINNER: Best Original Song - "Take My Breathe Away" Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock

Best Original Score - Harold Faltermeyer

 

Like this? Try these!....




  1. Top Gun: Maverick (2022) - #2 - ★★★★★

  2. The Dark Knight (2008) - #52 - ★★★★★

  3. Avengers: Endgame (2018) - #68 - ★★★★★

  4. Batman Begins (2005) - #123 - ★★★★

  5. Turner & Hooch (1989) - #374 - ★★★★

  6. Captain Phillips (2013) - #421 - ★★★

  7. Dunkirk (2017) - #447 - ★★★

  8. Dick Tracy (1990) - #479 - ★★★

  9. Pearl Harbor (2001) - #619 - ★★

  10. Deja Vu (2006) - n/a



The sequel, Top Gun: Maverick is a must-see after this one. For more top action pilots - who just happen to be pilots check out the Batman movies and also Avengers: Endgame for a spot of rivalry between captains. Meanwhile the writers were also involved in Turner & Hooch and Dick Tracy around the same time. For more royal US Navy and real life pilots check out Captain Phillips, Dunkirk and Pearl Harbor. Val Kilmer teamed up with director Tony Scott again for Deja Vu.




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