Directed by Tony Scott
I was quite surprised when the Book said this film appealed to a female audience. It seemed to me like it was made mostly to persuade men to join the US fighter pilots. I guess we are supposed to think the men in the movie are dreamy, but I really wasn't that turned on. In fact, I spent most of the film waiting for Maverick and Iceman to kiss.
Maverick is a young aviator who is a talented, but reckless, flier. He attends Top Gun, but his handsomeness, recklessness, and handsomeness causes tension, and before long he has a rival in the handsome Iceman (okay, maybe I liked looking at the men a little). He pursues his instructor Charlotte Blackwood, who becomes devoid of personality as soon as she gazes into Tom Cruise's deadly gaze.
I am not trying to be a snob when I say I didn't like this. I just found it to be quite dull and predictable. There were a few memorable scenes, like when Maverick serenades Charlotte, but I don't really think it deserves the praise it receives.
At the real Top Gun school, an instructor can be fined for $5 for quoting the movie.
Tom Cruise had to wear lifts in his shoes in scenes with Kelly McGillis.