Top Gun

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
The story is risible, the direction routine, the underlying ethic highly questionable; but the flying stirs the blood like speed. This concerns the exploits of one 'Maverick' (Cruise), who aspires to be top gun at the Top Gun, the US Navy Fighter Weapons School at San Diego. In what looks suspiciously like a retread of the An Officer and a Gentleman storyline, Maverick, an arrogant piece of Officer Material, climbs the ladder of fly-boy success, falls in love with his aeronautics instructor (an unlikely McGillis), and has his best friend and navigator (Edwards) fall off the ladder and into a concrete cloud. However, the traditional mainstays of love and death are here supplemented by lengthy and highly realistic dog-fight sequences, in which the pupils and instructors tail-chase each other all over the desert sky, and then do it for real with an unnamed enemy over the Indian Ocean. A great ride to hell and back; kick the tyres, light the fires, and you're away. CPea.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tony Scott
Screenwriter: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr
Cast: Tom Skerritt
Kelly McGillis
Rick Rossovich
Tim Robbins
Val Kilmer
Meg Ryan
Michael Ironside
Anthony Edwards
Tom Cruise

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Will Rothery

When I went into this film I was filled with expectation (and other things; hur hur hur), but this was quickly dashed when I saw two words. "TOM CRUISE", midget esquire. Although a good actor - I'll never slander a man's skill to fake an orgasm - I find him lacking both in height and originality, and let's face it, he'd never pass the pilots exams on acconut of being 2'3". His side actor, "Goose", should've been re-named "Lemming" and promptly walked off a cliff or comedically blown up with explosives. However, despite my original beginnings, I sat through the film; albeit clawing for my ever-present shotgun, to end my misery. I had entered with Max, a long-term friend and chick-flick watcher; and we were disgusted by the entire thing: shoddy acting, bad props, planes which were clearly cardboard, cars which sounded too real, etcetera. I still rate it full stars though, the film amused me beyond belief; despite ruining my life, so BEFOREHEAD I kill myself, I'll post his comment. DEATH TO CALLUM!

Will Rothery

When I went into this film I was filled with expectation (and other things; hur hur hur), but this was quickly dashed when I saw two words. "TOM CRUISE", midget esquire. Although a good actor - I'll never slander a man's skill to fake an orgasm - I find him lacking both in height and originality, and let's face it, he'd never pass the pilots exams on acconut of being 2'3". His side actor, "Goose", should've been re-named "Lemming" and promptly walked off a cliff or comedically blown up with explosives. However, despite my original beginnings, I sat through the film; albeit clawing for my ever-present shotgun, to end my misery. I had entered with Max, a long-term friend and chick-flick watcher; and we were disgusted by the entire thing: shoddy acting, bad props, planes which were clearly cardboard, cars which sounded too real, etcetera. I still rate it full stars though, the film amused me beyond belief; despite ruining my life, so BEFOREHEAD I kill myself, I'll post his comment. DEATH TO CALLUM!