Top Gun is a 1986 American action thriller film. Directed by Tony Scott, it was certainly one of the epic films. The movie was produced in association with Paramount Pictures by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. wrote the script based on an essay called “Top Guns” that appeared in California magazine three years prior.
Top Gun Release
On May 16, 1986, Top Gun was released in theatres. Certainly, the critics gave it mixed reviews. But many praised the action scenes, special effects, aerial stunts, and acting performances. Moreover, Cruise and McGillis earned the most appreciation. Above all, the number of theaters also increased by 45 percent four weeks after its release.
Cast of Top Gun
Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt star in the film. Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, is played by Cruise. LTJG Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, his Radar Intercept Officer, is offered the opportunity to train at the US Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. This school was at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.
Other characters :
- LTJG Henry “Wolfman” Ruth, Hollywood’s Radar Intercept Officer, is played by Barry Tubb.
- LT Bill “Cougar” Cortell, Maverick’s former wingman, is played by John Stockwell
- LTJG Rick Rossovich Iceman’s Radar Intercept Officer, Ron “Slider” Kerner.
- LCDR Michael Ironside Naval aviator and Top Gun coach: Rick “Jester” Heatherly.
- LTJG Sam “Merlin” Wells, Cougar’s Radar Intercept Officer, is played by Tim Robbins.
How was the response to the movie?
Despite mixed critical reviews, the film was a major commercial success. Above all, it grossed US$356 million on a US$15 million production budget. Subsequently, the film has remained successful over the years. Later, it was re-released in IMAX 3D in 2013. In addition, Berlin’s performance of “Take My Breath Away” won the film an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Other than that, the film was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry by the United States Library of Congress in 2015. This was because it was “culturally, historically important.” Moreover, a sequel titled “Top Gun: Maverick” was originally scheduled for release on June 26, 2020. But due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed to July 2, 2021.