Top Gun

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Though it features some of the most memorable and electrifying aereial footage shot with an expert eye for action, Top Gun offers too little for non-adolescent viewers to chew on when its characters aren't in the air.



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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." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Tom Cruise
as Lt. Pete `Maverick' Mitchell
Kelly McGillis
as Charlotte Blackwood
Anthony Edwards
as Lt. Nick `Goose' Bradshaw
Val Kilmer
as Lt. Tom `Iceman' Kazanski
Tom Skerritt
as Cdr. Mike `Viper' Metcalf
Michael Ironside
as Lt. Cdr. Heatherly `Jester'
Meg Ryan
as Carole Bradshaw
Barry Tubb
as Wolfman
Whip Hubley
as Hollywood
James Tolkan
as Stinger
Randall Brady
as Lieutenant Davis
Duke Stroud
as Air Boss Johnson
Ron Clark
as Inquiry Commander
Frank Pesce
as Bartender
Pete Pettigrew
as Perry Siedenthal
Troy Hunter
as Radio Operator
Linda Rae Jurgens
as Mrs. Metcalf
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Critic Reviews for Top Gun

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (13)

  • The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ... "Top Gun" is terribly monotonous.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie, in short, hits its emotional marks, but it does so with such insistence that it feels less like real life than an object lesson in the architecture of the blockbuster.

    Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are elements that hold up - especially Cruise's blinding charisma. The aerial scenes are still thrilling, and perfectly suited to a giant screen. Everything else? Well, that depends on how nostalgic you're feeling.

    Feb 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.

    Feb 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Whether you love Top Gun or hate it -- or hate yourself for loving it -- the fact is that when it became the top-grossing film of 1986, Hollywood in its infinite wisdom took all of the worst lessons from its success and overlooked what made it so... fun.

    Aug 25, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top Gun

  • Nov 27, 2015
    "Top Gun" is an amazing 1980's drama/action film. "Top Gun" has amazing acting from "Tom Cruise" and "Kelly McGillis". The plot to "Top Gun" is great and has great plot points. The special effects in this movie are incredible for a 1980's film. There are no action sequences that look like the back of a green screen. The soundtrack to "Top Gun" is great, it makes every scene better and better. I will recommend you watch "Top Gun" as it is a awesome action/drama. So I give "Top Gun" a 8/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2013
    One can appreciate the film for being iconic, yet it is frustratingly bland and corny. Though Top Gun is full of action, nothing really happens, and the charming romance that inspires the classic hit "Take My Breath Away" becomes a vague, second-thought.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2013
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  • Apr 29, 2013
    Top Gun is a riveting action film from director Tony Scott. The story follows a hot shot Navy pilot who's sent to an elite fighter school to learn aerial combat tactics. Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Michael Ironside, the cast is pretty good. But the real stars of the film are the F-14 fighter jets, and Scott does an excellent job at capturing the intensity and excitement of the aerial maneuvers. The soundtrack is also especially well-done, and features such hit songs as "Danger Zone" and "Take My Breath Away." Adrenaline packed and incredible entertaining, Top Gun has become an iconic '80s action film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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