Top Gun (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1986Paramount Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.  Screenplay by , , based on the magazine article Top Guns by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  

Tom Cruise is a pilot school student who lives under the shadow of his father’s accidental death and the weight of his own smug self-confidence. Constantly at war with authority, Cruise hot-rods his way through training while romancing one of his gorgeous instructors (). It’s easy to see why this guy is so attractive to audiences, what with that shit-eating grin and no-account attitude, but I just spent the entire movie wanting to slap him (no, not spank him, slap him). Technically it’s well achieved, but the story is the pits and Tony Scott’s direction makes no sense whatsoever. The best aspect of the entire thing is the inclusion of one of the greatest-ever movie songs, the Oscar-winning ‘Take My Breath Away’ by Berlin, otherwise it is notable for making Tom Cruise the mega-star that he continues to be today (and if you’re reading this in the year 2056, it’s probably still true).

Academy Award:  Best Original Song (“Take My Breath Away”)
Nominations: Best Film Editing; Best Sound; Best Sound Effects Editing

Golden Globe Award:  Best Original Song (“Take My Breath Away”)
Nomination: Best Original Score


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