Top Gun Review
16 May 1986
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Why aren’t more F14’s launched for the final dog-fight against the Migs at the end of the film? It seems a little silly to only send up two with Maverick in reserve.?
They weren’t expecting any actual hostilities. They simply put up a flight to “show the flag” while the rescue op was underway and discourage any possible aggressors. It’s clearly stated in the film that “both catapults are broken” and will take ten minutes to repair after Maverick launches. The CAG responds to this by stating that the battle will be over within two minutes, indicating that it will have to be fought with the forces on hand. The implication is therefore that an inconvenient equipment failure left the carrier temporarily short of cover at just the wrong moment. In reality US carriers have four catapults rather than two, and it would be highly unlikely for all four to break down simultaneously. It would also be highly unlikely that only two fighters would be aloft during a rescue mission -carriers of the time typically carried 24 of the F-14 fighters and although these aircraft were notoriously unreliable, keeping six or so in the air around the clock for days on end would not be overly difficult. The depiction of such small forces in the film is therefore really a bit of artistic license to allow Maverick to be the hero.
What killed Goose?
During a training exercise, Iceman breaks off formation and Maverick ends up flying in a jet wash. Both engines have a flame out and Maverick and Goose enter a flat spin. When hitting the ejection handle, Goose collides with the canopy while Maverick ejects safely. Iceman was responsible for Goose’s death, but it was mostly accidental.
Inspiration for the film.
The film was inspired by an article in the May 1983 issue of “California” magazine about the U.S. Navy’s Top Gun School.
DVD Commentary (As per Michael Ironside)
Michael Ironside stated in the DVD commentary that he was so convincing as an officer that when he heard someone running towards him below decks, he got on to the sailor who was running. The sailor saluted and slowed down until he got out of Ironside’s line of sight and started running again. The sailor never knew that Ironside was an actor on the film.
The motorcycle ridden by Tom Cruise
… in the movie is a Kawasaki Ninja 900 / GPz900R, then the fastest production motorcycle in the world.
Final Draft of the script
An original draft of the script specified that the final showdown involved North Korean aircraft. The final script made the nationalities of the enemy planes unknown and simply specified they were MiGs over the Indian Ocean.
Tom Cruise’s flight suit..
was later put on display at Planet Hollywood.
As per Tony Scott
During a break in the filming of the hangar scene a group of Navy officers being used as extras approached Tony Scott and complained about the unrealistic collection of patches on the flight suits of the actors. He replied, paraphrasing, “We’re not making this movie for Navy fighter pilots, we’re making it for Kansas wheat farmers who don’t know the difference.”
Video Games based on movie
Two video games based very loosely on the movie were released on the Nintendo NES. While the first game really had no storyline, the second actually served as a “sequel” storyline, regarding Maverick going up against a new group of villains.
As Per Jerry Bruckheimer
Jerry Bruckheimer on convincing Tom Cruise to sign on to the film after his initial reluctance: “So they (the navy) take Tom up there they do five Gs. They do barrel rolls, they do everything. He’s heaving in the plane. He gets on the tarmac, runs to a pay phone … and he said, ‘I’m in. I’m doing the movie. I love it. This is great.'”
The line “I feel the need…the need for speed” ranked at number 94 of AFI’s list of 100 Years 100 Movie Quotes.
Soundtrack of the movie
The original soundtrack release initially only included original songs written expressly for the movie. In 2000, the soundtrack was re-released to include “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, “Great Balls of Fire” and “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”, existing songs which were prominently featured in the movie.
“Larger than life” character
Tom Cruise said that Maverick was the first character he ever played who was “larger than life.” It was also the first time he’d been involved from the early stages, helping with the script.
Movie you must see..
Included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die”, edited by Steven Schneider.
Voted #3 Must See Movie of all time by listeners of Capital FM in London
Oscar Nominated Song
Terri Nunn of Berlin states in an interview that she and her band were in Taiwan when they received a call letting her know that the song “Take My Breath Away” was being nominated for an Oscar and asking her to fly out to Los Angeles to perform the song at the Academy Awards. She told them that she would only do it if she could sing the entire song. She was told that that wouldn’t be the case as the song was going to be sung in a medley with the other nominated songs. Nunn turned it down. Nunn says she deeply regrets her decision, especially upon finding out that “Take My Breath Away” won the Oscar for “Best Song.”
According to director
Tony Scott calls the film the “purest form of escapism” and says it “mainlines entertainment.”
Tony Scott was hired to direct…
…because he filmed an ad of a car racing a jet, similar to one scene.
To capitalize on the film’s popularity…
the Navy set up booths outside theaters in order to recruit moviegoers to join the Navy-and it worked. When recruiters talked to applicants, about 90 percent said they had seen the movie. The Navy also wove in “Danger Zone”-sounding music and Top Gun-esque shots for its 1987 “Join the Navy” commercial.
The Pentagon demanded script approval to ensure that the Navy was portrayed in a positive light. They demanded the cause of Goose’s death be changed from a midair collision to an ejection mishap because the Navy was concerned that it looked like too many pilots were crashing.
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The aerial sequences in Top Gun are as thrilling..(Click here to see)