Top Gun was one the
most popular movie of 1986, and actually was the impetus
for an influx in new Navy and Air Force recruits.
The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete "Maverick"
Mitchell, Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie"
Blackwood, Val Kilmer as Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kaznsky, and
Anthony Edwards as Lt. Nick "Goose" Bradshaw.
Other big names in the movie were Meg Ryan and Tim
Robbins. The movie received mixed reviews from
critics. Still, it was the highest grossing film
of 1986, and continues to be one of the most recognized
films to come out of the 1980's.
The movie is about
rebel Navy fighter pilot Maverick, who is a loose weapon
when it comes to his piloting ways. After a
reckless meeting with some foreign MIG fighters, the
Navy sends Maverick, and his co-pilot, Goose, to a Navy
Jet weapon's training. Maverick ends up falling
for Charlotte, a civilian Top Gun instructor, while at
the same time both impressing and aggravating flight
instructors with his brash maneuvers and cocky attitude.
During one war game alongside his rival
Iceman, Maverick's jet ends up in a flat spin that he
and Goose must eject from. Goose is killed, and
considering him to be his only family, Maverick debates
quitting the program. After being convinced to
stay by a top notch pilot who flew with Maverick's
father in Vietnam, Maverick graduates, and is
immediately shipped off to a real war situation.
After some fancy flying and blowing up of enemy MIGs,
all is okay in the world. Not only do Maverick and
Iceman end up as friends in the end, but Maverick is
given the option to teach at the Top Gun school.
In the end, he gets the girl (again).