When I was a small boy, probably about the age of 6 or 7, I remember trying to emulate Tom Cruise. I was enthralled with everything about the diminutive actor. Although, at that time I didn’t pay much attention to his physical size, it was more machismo, and his Rico Suave ways that captivated me. Though, his earlier works may have been great works in their own right, nothing could prepare me for what would be one of the greatest Eighties movies ever produced. Of course I’m talking about the 1986 blockbuster hit, Top Gun.

The film has everything a small boy (or grown man) could ask for. There’s plenty of action, drama, comedy, and as always a love interest. Not only does the movie entertain you with its F-14 fighter jets and charming characters, but the films score is nothing short of superb. Without it, the film would be half as great. In particular, I enjoyed “Playing with the Boys” and “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins. Given all of the films excellent attributes, I feel that director Tony Scott put together a stellar cast. Obviously Tom Cruise killed it, but some of the others lesser known at the time, played key roles in the film’s success. Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards were all good fits. To me, the mark of a good film is its ability to be quoted years after its release. Top Gun has this certain quotable quality.

So I leave you with this: “You were in a 4G inverted dive with a MiG28?”

“Yes, ma’am.”


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