Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Top Gun

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.


Cynthia said...

I remember when Top Gun was The Movie. I wonder where Tom Cruise would be if he'd passed on the role.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oh yeah, kick ass dog fights! There is definitely a Top Gun influence in my first book.

farawayeyes said...

Top Gun is something else. I saw 'Oblivion' last night. Hey Tom, you've come a long way baby!

Jay Noel said...

Cynthia: Scott Baio turned down the role. I bet he kicked his own ass afterwards.

Alex: I can definitely see that.

faraway: I need to see that movie.

Melanie Schulz said...

And as a woman, there is nothing better than being serenaded by a handsome stranger.

jaybird said...

Aw Top Gun. Those were the days! And it was the last time I actually liked Tom Cruise.

J. A. Bennett said...

I saw that movie for the first time like two years ago. I liked it, but thought about how far movie making has come. We no longer use the same song in every single scene of importance :)

The Desert Rocks said...

I think this was a turning point for Cruise. Otherwise he'd be a Calvin Klein underwear model.

Robin said...

The other song that rocketed back up was The Righteous Brothers tune: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. I can't remember how many guys thought it was funny after that just to break out into song like Maverick in that bar. It became the new best pick-up line for years. Hahahaha.

Anonymous said...

I feel the need. The need. For speed. And let's not forget the guys in their dress whites. I mean come. on!

I often forget Meg Ryan was in this.

When this movie was re-released in the late 90s my friend and I went nuts scouring the city trying to find a copy of the video. I think it was when they were re-releasing all the Tom Cruise movies with the sale of Jerry Maguire.

Great. Now I have "Take My Breath Away" in my head.

Tony Laplume said...

Oliver Stone was pretty annoyed that Top Gun stole so much of Platoon's thunder. And "serious" movie fans are always ragging it for not actually making any sense. But it's still good fun.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Tom Cruise!

Laura Eno said...

It was great when it came out. I don't know what I'd think of it today, but some of that is my present opinion of Cruise.

Melissa Bradley said...

This was one of my favorite movies ever. Loved the jets and the guys. And teh abes were kept to a minimum, which was awesome. If they remade it today, you know some tartlet like Amber Heard or Blake Lively would be cast in the Kelly McGillis role.

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