Top Gun (1986)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Lt. Pete `Maverick' Mitchell
as Charlotte Blackwood
as Lt. Nick `Goose' Bradshaw
as Lt. Tom `Iceman' Kazanski
as Cdr. Mike `Viper' Metcalf
as Lt. Cdr. Heatherly `Jester'
as Carole Bradshaw
as Evan Gough
as Lieutenant Davis
as Air Boss Johnson
as Inquiry Commander
as Perry Siedenthal
as Radio Operator
as Mrs. Metcalf
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Critic Reviews for Top Gun
The film's intensity mirrors the competitive and wild personalities of the pilots themselves. In this arena, the casting is on-target.
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.
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.
The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling -- while remaining coherent -- as any ever put on film.
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.
Audience Reviews for Top Gun
Still one of the best action films around.
Top Gun is a really good film, and is well worth watching. It is entertaining to watch, as something is always happening. Tom Cruise plays Maverick, a cocky pilot, who goes to Top Gun - for the best of the best. He is quite big headed, and gets the lady he likes .. eventually!!! There are some great moments in this play - funny, happy and sad. It has something for everyone - comedy, action, romance. It is really worth buying this film, as it is great to watch, however many times you have seen it. This film has stood the test of time. It came out about 20 years ago, and yet it is still enjoyed by many people. which just proves what a fantastic film it is! 4 Stars 2-1-2001 (Updated)
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.
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