Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
I can't think of any other movie during the 80s that seemed to permeate culture like Top Gun. It was a flick that seemed perfect for date night. For the dudes, you had kick ass aerial dog fights, fast jets, motorcycles, and a hot babe.
For the ladies, you got a love story and the volley ball beach scene.
For those that have never seen the movie, FOR SHAME! If I had to summarize the plot, I'd say that it's about a pilot named Maverick, that lives up to his nickname. He makes it into Top Gun - the elite competition among the best Naval pilots in the country. He falls in love with his instructor, and he learns to let go of all the anguish and pain in his life in order to kick some serious Russian ass in an F-14.
The soundtrack to Top Gun was incredible. Kenny Loggins' "Highway to the Danger Zone" and "Playin' with the Boys" got tons of radio airplay. And after the movie came out, naval recruitment went up 500%. Also, every single flight simulator game was purchased by wannabe Mavericks.
I also remember aviator sunglasses becoming all the rage after the movie came out.
Check out the list of big time actors in this movie: Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, and even Tim Robbins. Of course, Michael Ironside, plays a Top Gun instructor. The guy always seems to play tough military dudes.
Check out the original 1986 Top Gun trailer below.