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      22.06.2011 05:45
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      One of the best in its genre of all time !

      "Top Gun" is a 1986 American action film directed by Tony Scott and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, it stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards.

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      The Plot:

      Pete "Maverick" Mitchell ( Tom Cruise ) is a US Naval Aviator, his partner and RIO ( Radar Intercept Operator ) Nick " Goose" Bradshaw regularly fly F-14 Tomcats on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Maverick is a great pilot but regarded as unpredictable and he and Goose are regarded as second best on board the Enterprise after " Cougar" ( John Stockwell )

      After flying a mission to intercept Russian MiG-28's over the Indian Ocean with "Cougar" as his wingman, one of the MiG's engages Cougar in missile lock, which panics cougar and renders him unable to land the plane, Maverick hearing this over the radio goes to help his friend and eventually Cougar lands the plane, but shortly after turns in his wings and leaves Maverick and Goose in the top spot, ultimately landing them a place in the "Top Gun" Fighter school in Miramar California.

      Upon arrival at Top Gun Maverick and Goose begin competition against other pilots, including "Iceman" ( Val Kilmer ) and "Slider" ( Rick Rossovich ), also gaining the attention of lead Top Gun instructor, Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalf (Tom Skerritt) and civilian aviation instructor Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) ( Who maverick hits on in a bar, before realising who she is the next day )

      And so Maverick and Goose find themselves competing against the very best in the American Navy, but Maverick must not only deal with his personal family demons, but also with a growing love interest and a personal tragedy that makes him seriously question his desire to be a pilot.

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      "Top Gun" is the ultimate testosterone fuelled Man Movie...end of story, it still holds up today for its pumping rock soundtrack and equally adrenaline pumping aerial flight sequences ( Which were filmed with the co-operation of the US Navy ).

      This is the movie that officially put Tom Cruise on the map ( and also turned out to be Anthony Edwards only major motion picture role, before settling into his role in ER ) and also turned a couple of other actors into stars ( and also buried some into obscurity ) and Cruise is perfect in the role of Pete Mitchell, and gels well with Anthony Edwards and you truly believe that both men have spent alot of time together in the cockpit of an aircraft.

      Yes its cheesy, I defy anyone not to cringe at certain sequences, especially some of the celebratory scenes after the pilots encounter the enemy MiG fighters and yes its predictable, but it doesn't matter, it ticks every box required to be a bona-fide Man Movie, and will go down in history as one of the best in the genre, and really cemented Tony Scott as an action movie director and Jerry Bruckheimer ( and also at the time Don Simpson ) as the premier action movie producer and the guy with the winning formula for big budget thrills.

      If you need your fix of action, if you need your fill of adrenaline, then put Top Gun into your DVD player, you won't be disappointed.

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      03.07.2010 23:46
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      Top Gun - Movie Review. By: Doctor GreenRay (Matthiew) :)

      Prior to checking this out. I knew that "Top Gun" had a status, has one of the best movies to come out of the 1980's. In fact, some lists, ranked it as one of the top action films of that decade. I questioned, how is a movie about a pilot school, with no explosions or gun fire be considered a great action title. Well... it is.

      (STORY)

      Starring a younger Tom Cruise as Maverick (an unpredictable, talented, young pilot). He and his co-pilot/buddy, Goose (Anthony Edwards), are give the chance to train at the prestigious naval piloting school, referred to as "Top Gun". Where only the best of the best can attend. Maverick, falls in love with his training instructor (Kelly McGills), and develops a rivalry with another egotistical pilot named Iceman (Val Kilmer). It is a story about, learning how to be the best, and how you have go down, before you can aim high.

      What I realised about this film is that it appeals to such a broad audience. It literally changes it's genre as the story goes on. It felt like I watching 4 different movies. It dissolves from one to the next, very naturally. The first section plays out somewhat like a comedy. It then turns into a romantic, chick-flick. Once one of the main characters dies (won't say who) it triggers into a drama. Then finally, what we were waiting for, an "action-packed" act for the guys.

      (PERFORMANCES)

      On this section, I'm not going to get into detail, with the actor's performances. I will, mention that they get the job done. And, they play it out exactly how it should be (this might be one of my favourite Tom Cruise movies ever). No, I would rather discuss the more technical aspects. The cinematography in this film, Oh my God! It didn't occur to me at the time, but realising that this is an older release, I'm sure that the time this came it, it was a beautiful piece of art amongst the films on the silver screen. The colour palettes, are eye candy. The skies ranging from robin egg blues, to purple lavenders, to bloody oranges. With jets, zipping and flipping through the air like something out of a music video. That alone is worth watching.

      But lets take a moment to comment on the amazing soundtrack in this film. The "Top Gun anthem" is one of the most beautiful instrumentals I have every heard. Everytime, I listen to that guitar's high pitch sounds, I get an inspiration rush. It's empowering! For the guys there's "Danger Zone" and for the girls, there's "Take My Breath Away". Overall, the tracks here, breath more life into the movie. And, it just makes it, that much better.

      (THOUGHTS)

      There are so many things I like about this film. The music, the cinematography, the characters, the story. It's something that is light, and can be enjoyed by everyone. A real, blockbuster! I've never experienced a movie that appealed to so many different audiences, but at the same time, make me enjoy the whole feature.

      On a side note, I found similar themes between this film and J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" (which is one of my favourite films of the last decade). From the rebellious personality, of Maverick to Kirk. Both of them, ridding a motorbike with a leather jacket, staring at kick ass flying vessels. Picking up chicks at the bar. Both of them, taking up the mantle, to fill their father's shoes. And, learning how to mature and be the best. I even found out that the name of the naval carrier at the beginning was entitled the U.S.S. Enterprise.

      So I guess what I'm saying is, if you enjoyed Star Trek (2009), and still haven't seen this yet. You will love this too. It's the best!

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      05.03.2010 08:30
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      Maverick has to prove he is not a loose cannon to win the Top Gun trophy

      FILM ONLY REVIEW

      Maverick and Goose are Navy pilots and have been working as a good team for years, they know each other inside and out. They are called upon when a jet turns up in their airspace and they have to take it down, Cougar is also flying at the same time but he gets a close call and looses his bottle and as a result Maverick is called upon to help him down. When they land Cougar quits so now Maverick is the best pilot on the ship. As a result of Maverick now being the top pilot he gets the chance to go to Top Gun and train with the best of the best.

      Maverick and Goose set off on their course but soon they are having run ins with the instructors and other pilots as Maverick is a bit of a loose cannon in the air and he also has the attached stigma of his Father who dead as a pilot was never fully revealed.

      Will Maverick and Goose be able to prove themselves and take home the Top Gun trophy or will their rival Iceman beat them to it, ultimately will Maverick be able to stop his wild ways and fly by the rules so he does not get kicked off the course?

      This film for some reason passed me by, I was aware of it from the theme music which is played a lot on the radio but had never really had an interest in seeing the film. When it was on the TV the other night hubby very kindly recorded it for me and last night treated me to the viewing pleasure of Tom Cruise! I have to say despite this being an 80's film it was not as cheesy and dated as I was expecting it to be. I found the storyline to be very good and although slightly predictable it did have a bit of depth with the families of other characters being introduced and the side story of Maverick's father.

      Tom Cruise had the lead role of Maverick and I though he took to the part very well, he suited the uniform and did actually convince me he knew what he was talking about with the pilot terms and sayings. He did have a love story in the film and I think this was a nice little element to the film as it gave some depth to the story and I have to say it was not too overplayed and was not the main part of the storyline which was good for me. He worked very well with the role of Goose, played by Anthony Edwards and they seemed to have a very good partnership which showed on screen and they genuinely did seem as if they had been friends for years. I did like the role of Goose and though it was nice how they did introduce his family to us as it gave some ideas as to why he was so keen to do well and pass the course.

      There are a few good supporting actors in this film and the main ones for me are Val Kilmer who played Iceman and Kerry McGillis who played Charlie. They were featured quite a lot in the film and I thought their performance were very good and believable. The other actors did do good jobs and made their role convincing but they really did not stand out too much for me in the film.

      The film is based around the fighter jets and as a result we do get to see some lovely shots of them flying. I found all the special effects which were used to be of a very high standard and they did all actually look believable and real considering this film was made back in 1986. The music throughout the film was brilliant it all had n 80's feel and I loved all of the tracks. I will confess to singing along to quite a few of them much to hubby's annoyance!

      As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to mention. The running time of the film is 110 minutes and I did find this to be a great length. The film has a 12 certificate and I think this is appropriate. The film is available on DVD for just a few pounds from a wide variety of places.

      After finally getting round to watching this film then I can highly recommend it. The storyline is great and so too is the acting. It really is not a girls or cheesy film and I think it will appeal to both men and women. Definitely another big 80's film which everyone should watch at least once.

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        10.02.2010 02:31

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        Fun if cheesy

        Top Gun is a fun film that pretty much everyone knows. It's an exciting, brisk, amusing film that doesn't take itself seriously and features plenty of visually impressive action scenes. That said, it's also loaded with layers of swiss cheese, even if that does, in some odd way, add to its charm.

        Indeed, there's not really an original film in here; it's an overly patriotic and underdeveloped look at a group of fighter pilots, but if you switch your brain off and just marvel at the gorgeous action, then it isn't too grating. It's hardly developed as a serious film, and some of the cheesy parts are guffaw-inducingly hilarious. It's clear that all involved had a lot of fun making the film, above all else.

        Also, the cast do elevate the material somewhat; Tom Cruise was slowly becoming a star around this time, and Top Gun remains arguably his best-known film. His good looks and cocksure demeanour is extremely convincing, while he also nails the more emotional elements too. Also joining him is E.R.'s excellent Anthony Edwards, who plays fellow pilot Goose, who winds up in some emotionally resonant circumstances. Also Val Kilmer has a small role as Cruise's rival, and Michael Ironside is once again great as the hard ass he plays best.

        The film's romantic without being too corny, although the famous Berlin song might divide you a bit. It nevertheless creates an ethereal mood that makes this an oddly entertaining, if deeply flawed film that's brainless enough to be watched after work, while engaging enough that you won't fall asleep.

        If you like aerial combat and a bit of Tom Cruise looking his best, then this is one to watch.

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        01.02.2010 12:37
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        Can Maverick be the Top Gun?

        ***Film Only Review***

        Top Gun is a classic 80s film filmed in 1986 starring Tom Cruise in his gorgeous appealing days. He is Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, a cocky little so and so who knows he is the best pilot in class but his arrogance is sometimes a bit off-putting in the beginning. I would regard this as a chick flick but also with the soundtrack and the fast pace I am sure a few boyfriends and hubbies have seen this too.
        The main plot of Top Gun is focused around the Maverick and his co-pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards better known in ER) at the Navy Fighter School, his relationship with the female instructor Charlie (Kelly McGuiness) and his ongoing rivalry with Iceman (Val Kilmer). The Chief Instructor Mike 'Viper' Metcalfe (Tom Skerritt) sees something in Maverick that he saw in Mavericks father and gives him a chance after something happens that rocks Mavericks confidence.

        My Opinion

        The film is one of my favourites. I love the soundtrack, I love the romantic storyline and the comedy parts also. There are some classic sayings in this film that people always remember when you mention Top Gun:

        'There are no points for second place'

        'Goose you big stud' 'That's me honey' 'take me to bed or loose me forever' 'Show me the way home honey'

        'I think she's lost that loving feeling' - Cruise cannot sing!

        'I feel the need.....the need for speed!' with the classic high-lo high five

        'You screw up just this much, you'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog sh*t out of Hong Kong!'

        Goose: 'Great Balls of fire'

        Cruise does play the cocksure lieutenant really well and I must say he looks damn good in his heyday. The supporting roles are also great, I think they couldn't have chosen a better cast of men. Neither tries to outshine one another. I was unsure about the casting of Kelly McGuiness as the leading lady, jury is still out on that one. She just seemed a bit too old for Cruise and maybe the role would have suited someone with a bit more pizzazz! The film is so action packed it will appeal to all. Don't think even the buddy bonding will put the men off this film. The air scenes are amazing and it's just a real feel good romantic classic. I did prefer Cruise in his early days but maybe that's due to some of his personal stories getting out, I don't know.
        Whilst watching it the other night a smile came over my face when the scene with the volleyball on the beach though as those guys sure did have a nice body. You really got the feel of the competitiveness between them all.

        The soundtrack includes 'Take my breath away' by Berlin, 'Danger Zone' by Kenny Loggins and '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay' by Otis Reading to name a few great songs in this movie and in my opinion is just as brilliant as the film itself. Some very powerful and heart pounding music that really gets you involved in the film.

        If you haven't seen it already firstly where have you been and secondly you should watch it if only to listen to the soundtrack!

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          27.01.2010 14:05
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          Overall very entertaining

          This movie released in 1986 really shot Tom Cruise from a teenage pin-up to a Hollywood megastar overnight. Suddenly on release of this movie applications to the U.S Navy's fighter-pilot programme were reported to have risen signifcantly.

          Tom Cruise is the lead role playing Maverick who is a pilot at the Top Gun school in San Diego, California. He's a smart young kid who doesn't take kindly to authority or any of his superiors and thinks he knows best. He clashes with his superior officer Michael Ironside throughout the movie. The romantic interest in this movie comes in the form of his aeronuautics instructor played by Kelly McGillis who he falls for. This in additon to everything causes more problems with his number one job which is being a fighter pilot.

          Tom Cruise's character is very cocky and macho but deep down has a sensitive side too and this is portrayed very well by Cruise himself in the movie. However, one of the things I loved about this film were the impressive flight sequences contained. You can really appreciate the sense of speed that these fighter pilots had to contend with on a daily life style and although it might sound a glamoros job it is far from it and is dangerous and hard work.

          As well as the romance side of this film, thankfully it is not all based around that and there are plenty of high action moments with mid-air dogfights and aeronautical feats of brilliance. This movie represented a lot of what was typical about 1980's action movies and featured a load of young actors and actresses who went on to be even bigger like Tom Cruise himself, Meg Ryan and Val Kilmer to name but a few.

          Obviously the movie appeals to the female viewers due to Tom Cruise and his character but the movie was very entertaining back in it's day and nowadays and the now famous soundtrack that accompanied the film adds to the feel and enjoyment.

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          06.09.2009 00:38
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          Action romance

          Tom Cruise stars in this action film which also has a romantic theme running through it. Cruise stars as a navy pilot nicknamed Maverick due to his some what cavalier attitude and hot temper as well as his talent as a fighter pilot, when he and his flight partner Goose, played by Anthony Edwards, are sent to the elite fighter pilot acadamy called Top Gun some of his superiors are far from happy.

          Once installed he soon begines to make some enemies despite his obvious talent and also falls in love with a female instructor played by Kelly McGillis and he also comes into conflict with anothertalented pilot caled Ice Man who is played by Val Kilmer.

          Personally I do not really see the attraction ofthis film other than the fact that Cruise in the whites of a navy pilot uniform is very easy on the eyes, thereare some good flying scenes but the whole thing just smacks of some over hyper boyys playing with rather fast and expensive toys. I have never really seen the point to the Red Arrows display team and at times this just felt like an extended air display with lots of gung ho dialogue. Plus they all have stupid nick names.

          I found it hard to buy into the whole love story angle which to be honest is rather cliche and the film certainly looks rather dates with its eighties power ballads. This film is very popular with most and maybe when it came out it was special but now it looks dated and a film that does not travel well even when at the speed of a jet fighter.

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          04.09.2009 20:04
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          80's classic

          Top gun is a 1986 action/ romance film that was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. The screenplay was based on an article, 'Top Guns', written for the California Magazine. The film is rated 15 due to frequent mild language, war violence and one very tame sex scene and is 105 minutes long.

          Plot
          When Cougar, one of the top Navy Fighter Pilots gives in his wings, Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his flight partner, Goose are chosen to go to the school for the elite, Top Gun. Mavericks superior isn't exactly pleased to be sending them because he knows Maverick is a quick tempered, hot shot who is always getting himself into trouble.

          As soon as Maverick and Goose get to Top Gun, Maverick makes a rival, breaks two rules of engagement and tests his instructors' patience and falls for a civilian instructor, Charlie, all in one day. Maverick wants to be the best and is quite sure that he already is, but his reckless flying doesn't gain him any points with anyone. His father was also a fighter pilot with a bad reputation and Maverick isn't doing anything in order to be any different. When a tragedy happens, Maverick takes all the blame and totally gives up but who will be able to talk some sense into him?

          Cast
          Tom Cruise - Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
          Kelly McGillis - Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood
          Val Kilmer - Lt. Tom 'Ice Man' Kazansky
          Anthony Edwards - Lt. (j.g.) Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw
          Tom Skerritt - Cmdr. Mike 'Viper' Metcalf
          Meg Ryan - Carol Bradshaw
          Michael Ironside - Lt. Cmdr. Rick 'Jester' Heatherly
          John Stockwell - Lt. Bill 'Cougar' Cortell
          Barry Tubb - Lt.(j.g.) Leonard 'Wolfman' Wolfe

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          Top Gun is one of the most famous films from the 80's and I still don't think it has dated. Yes, it is a bit cheesier than we are used to now, but it is still fantastic and one of the great love stories. This has been one of my favourite films for years and it will always probably be in my top 10.

          The plot moves along and a very nice pace and there are no boring or slow parts (maybe the love story for the men though). As a girl, I would have maybe liked to have seen a bit more when it came to Maverick and Charlie but it wasn't a big deal. The action/ flying scenes are extremely impressive and after going on the Top Gun ride at Canada's Wonderland, I got to feel a little of what it would have been like in one of those planes.

          My favourite scene was where the Top Gun pilots are playing volleyball but that was mainly because of all the hot, sweaty men with their shirts off. Putting that aside, I thought that scene really showed all of the testosterone that the pilots had and the competitiveness within them.

          I love Tom Cruise's earlier work and this was the first film I ever saw him in and was immediately amazed. Cruise managed to show different emotions when it came to Charlie, his Dad and Goose and he really made you feel for his character. On the other hand, it is clear that Maverick is a 'man's man' and he is determined to be the best, even if it means breaking the rules and the rivalry between him and Iceman, played by Val Kilmer, was quite amusing.

          I may be one of the few people that didn't love Kelly McGillis is this film. While she was quick and witty, I found her performance quite flat at times and I wasn't surprised to learn that she didn't become a star like Tom Cruise did after this film. She wasn't bad, but she wasn't fantastic for me either.

          The soundtrack is one of the things that make this film what it is. The music fits perfectly with each scene and really help to give a feeling of excitement or romance at the right points. With songs like Danger Zone, Take My Breath Away and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, this is one of the best soundtracks to a film. I'm not one to buy CD's very often, but this is the perfect companion to the film.

          I would recommend this film to anyone and is a great 80's classic, however, I don't think that the 15 classification is justified and I think it would have been OK as a 12.

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            19.08.2009 20:36
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            I feel the need, the need for speed!!

            A classic 80s hit for Tom Cruise. Top Gun is fast paced, funny and at times emotional (yes!). An action packed film for the boys (although I'm a girl and love this film).

            Tom Cruise plays Maverick - a fighter pilot who is top of his game, likes to take risks and thinks quite a bit of himself. He's cocky and charming and always trying to prove himself. His friend and navigator Goose (Anthony Edwards) is not always so sure about the risks Maverick likes to take! When the two of them are accepted into Top Gun Naval Flying School they face the attitude of rival pilot Ice Man (Val Kilmer). Everytime they fly the competition hangs in the air. Being a cocksure pilot, Maverick is not so liked by the other pilots and the fact that his father also flew with a bad reputation doesn't help. Along the way Maverick meets, romances and falls in love with Top Gun instructor Charlie (Kelly McGillis). Everyone is striving to be 'the best of the best' and when a tragedy occurs, Maverick can't see a way back and seems to give up altogether.

            Maverick goes through a journey in this film, from wanting to be the best of the best at any cost without regard for his team mates, to realising that team work is what counts. The film goes between the action and rivalry of the pilots to the romance between Charlie and Maverick which is a nice contrast. Goose and Maverick are quite the double act as well and the stunts they pull together makes you realise what a close friendship they have. The two of them singing You've Lost That Loving Feeling to Charlie at the bar near the beginning of the film is just a classic moment from this film.

            This is clearly one of the best films of the 80s. I grew up on this film and the cast are fantastic. Of course Tom Cruise has gone on to become one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and other stars like Val Kilmer have gone onto Batman and Anthony Edwards went onto star in ER amongst other things. Meg Ryan even has a small role in this film - one of her first major ones. For its time this film had some great effects - even watching it back now it's still thrilling to watch. And you don't necessarily have to be a guy or love planes to appreciate this film. If you like action, romance and drama then there's all of those things in this film. It's fast paced, doesn't stagger, and has a soundtrack to die for (Take My Breath Away and Danger Zone just two of many).

            Tom Cruise plays the role with conviction and ease and seems at home with this type of character. Anthony Edwards gives us the comedy we want from a loveable character; a dad, a husband, a friend and a colleague. And Val Kilmer is perfectly cast as the cocksure rival to Mavericks every move. Kelly McGillis is believable in her role as both the romantic lead and the young wily instructor and there is a definite spark on screen between her and Cruise.

            This is a great film and I would highly recommend it to everyone. An action packed 80s classic at it's best. I feel the need, the need for speed!

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            This film is one I loved as a child and still think is excellent today and would recommend

            Top Gun was one of the biggest hit films of the 80's and one that got a huge recruitment drive going for the US Navy which saw them actually setting up application booths within major cinemas and a huge increase in the numbers of people applying to join up.

            The film follows Lt Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) who is out on a combat flight where he encounters a pair of MIG's over the Persian Golf which causes his wingman to freak out before Maverick manages to guide him into land on their aircraft carrier with next to no fuel. Following on from this traumatic event Maverick's wingman hands in his wings and we see Maverick step up to become part of the elite Top Gun Naval Flying School in which only the best of the best are ever allowed and they must perfect every aspect of their flight in order to prove they are the very best pilot there is.
            Maverick must battle the attitudes of the other pilots towards him, a story where his father's error caused the deaths of others and also he must battle with himself as he falls for Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood (Kelly McGillis) who is a civial flight instructor training him and the other Top Gun pilots how to become the best.

            This film was one that I absolutely loved when I was young and have watched since I grew up following on from a lot of people commenting on how the film was one of the most gay films ever made. The film has a fantastic cast who put in great performances in what is a great movie (though full of cheese). The effects for the time were great and thankfully I still love them today. The film does have a lot of sections that can be made to seem gay but in all honesty I watch this film for the films sake and not as I am looking and attempting to notice all of the sexual references or inuendoes planted throughout.

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            A must-see film

            Directed by Tony Scott and released in May 1986 Top Gun has to be one of the defining films of the 80s. It has coined many a legendary phrase, meaning that if you haven't actually seen the movie you've almost certainly heard it quoted at some point in time. 'The need for speed' is a rather infamous example of this.

            The film is about Top Gun; the Navy's training ground for the elite pilots of the force- 'the best of the best'. The film follows one set of recruits through their training, and one recruit in particular: Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell (Tom Cruise). Like the name 'Maverick' suggests he doesn't fly by the rules and prefers to rely on his natural instincts instead. In a highly competitive environment will this arrogant and self-assured pilot finish at the top of the class or will his personal demons get the better of him?

            What I loved about this film was the banter and friendships between the recruits, whose names such as 'Iceman' (Val Kilmer), 'Goose', and 'Hollywood' helped to emphasise their personalities and bring the film to life. Anthony Edwards plays Maverick's Radar Intercept Officer 'Goose' and he provides the comedic and down-to-earth balance for Maverick's more complex personality.

            Like all classic 80's films there is a romantic storyline and it comes in the form of Kelly McGillis as an intelligent civilian instructor, 'Charlie'. The romance is what helps to make this film a favourite with so many people, as it lifts the film from being just a fast and furious action film, with lots of amazing dog-fight sequences. The aerial action is very impressive though.

            This movie is a classic and has the perfect balance of characters, action, humour and romance, and even manages to make some slightly dodgy music from the 80s seem cool!

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              a great action packed film that will entertain to the end!

              Top Gun is an action packed thriller of a movie tracing the lives of recruits at the Navy's fighter school 'Top Gun'. Released in 1986 originally stunning aerial photography, an adrenaline packed storyline and just a smidge of romance helped make this movie a great all round film.

              Tom Cruise plays 'Maverick', a fighter pilot out to proove himself and rise the ranks to be the best, with rival 'Ice Man' in the form of Val Kilmer trying to get to the top too.

              Kelly McGillis plays the young instructor that Maverick takes a shine to and as the romance and action interlace the film shows a nice variety rather than making it 100% action which may have been a bit far.

              The film is a classic and doesn't require a love of airplanes or the Navy to watch. If you haven't heard of this film then you must have been living under a rock, the classic scene of the fighter planes on top of each other has been cloned in many programs and the film often features in Top 10's.

              The soundtrack is brilliant also with the classic by Berlin really driving the film.

              Summary: a great action packed film that will entertain to the end!

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              How many more ways can I say I love this film

              This is my favourite film of all time. Ok I was only 2 when it came out in 1986 but it's one of the classics that will always be good.

              I have never seen Tom Cruise look better. And even with my fear of flying I would love to now have a shot in an RAF plane. This fillm brought on so many emotions. One minute you're laughing next minute you're sobbing at the film. Even the love story in it is so heart wrenching at times. The main storyline for me in this is the friendship beween Goose and Maverick, even with the work pressures and competition from other colleagues that are also trying to prove themselves you see how strong this friendship is. Don't expect the happiest ending though as you won't get it.

              Great acting from all, brilliant soundtracks for the film, very realistic filming. Really how can I say anything better about this film?

              I have watched this film hundreds of times and managed to wear out my video that I have now got the dvd. If you haven't watched this film..why not? Even now I would recommend this to anyone, it maybe an old film now but still worth watching.

              The film won 10 awards including BRIT Award, Academy Ward, Grammy Award and People's Choice Award. It was nominated for 17 awards in total.

              After it's popularity there was many video games launched for consoles including the NES and Playstation and even the Nintendo Game Cube many years later. On top of this you can now download the Top Gun Anthem for Guitar Heroes on the Xbox and PS3, so even now the film is still well known.

              In 1991 there was a spoof film made called Hot Shots, which was a comedy that was described as "Top Gun meets Airplane". It is very funny.

              I know it's not as popular as it was in the 80's but I would prefer to watch this film than anything else and definately worth watching. I think it's a very girly film though and you can buy it for about £4 on amazon and many other sites. I challenge anyone to try and watch this film without crying, it's virtually impossible

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                04.09.2008 23:04
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                good film

                Top Gun is school for the best fighter pilots in the U.S. and they will be trained to be even better than what they are. fighter pilot Maverick, one of the Navy's best fighter pilots, who's is then picked to attend the top training school in the U.S. There he takes on other highly skilled pilots, including Iceman for the top pilot award. After an incident in which his companion Goose dies, Maverick loses his composure and consequentially the award goes to Iceman. However, when the pilots are called in to battle Russian MiG planes in a real-life encounter, Maverick's brilliant and amazing flying skills save the day.

                The aerial scenes are really amazing and highly engaging. However, the rest of the movie is not as good as what it is made out to be i myself found it abit cheesy. I personally found the scenes between Maverick and Charlie unconvincing and abit boring compared to the fighting scenes. Further, the male-bonding theme was unnecessary.

                If you've never seen Top Gun before i do think you should try and see it atleast once you never know you might really enjoy it.

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                  18.08.2008 22:59
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                  Please watch it if you have not, you will not be let down

                  Ok so this is a top film anyone who has seen it will tell you. Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis both play great major roles in the film. Through out the film it makes the men want to be fighter pilots and the women to be as appealing to a guy like Tom Cruise is to Kelly McGillis. Its funny when watching the film now and seeing the scenes with both Cruise and McGillis because after watching a behind the scenes programme on it. They said when they were filming it they had to get McGillis to lean against walls and such like because Cruise was too small and they did not want it to seem odd.

                  The action shots in the air of the dog fights etc are great and we must remember this was twenty odd years ago and personally I still think it looks quite good. But obviously there will be others who disagree with me.

                  The film has everything it has the macho plane flights as well as the typical verbal arguements on the ground. Then there is the romantic side too where we see Maverick and Charlie get things on but this is not without its problems. Such as Goose (Mavericks navigator) and his flying techniques. If you do not understand then you will have to watch the film.

                  I watched the film the other day and just loved it again and think I always will. I makes me feel more like a man everytime I watch it.

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