Directors: Tony Scott
Cast: Lt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell: Tom Cruise; Carole Bradshaw: Meg Ryan; Lt. Cmdr. Rick ‘Jester’ Heatherly: Michael Ironside; Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazanski: Val Kilmer; Stinger: James Tolkan; Lt. (j.g.) Sam ‘Merlin’ Wells: Tim Robbins; Lt. Rick ‘Hollywood’ Neven: Whip Hubley; Cmdr. Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf: Tom Skerritt; Lt. (j.g.) Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw: Anthony Edwards; Lt. (j.g.) Ron ‘Slider’ Kerner: Rick Rossovich; Cougar: John Stockwell; Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood: Kelly McGillis; Sundown: Clarence Gilyard Jr.; Wolfman: Barry Tubb; Chipper: Adrian Pasdar
Taglines: From the Producers of Beverly Hills Cop and Flashdance [UK Theatrical]
Up there with the best of the best.
I feel the need, the need for speed.
Storyline: Maverick is a hot pilot. When he encounters a pair of MiGs over the Persian Gulf, his wingman is clearly outflown and freaks. On almost no fuel, Maverick is able to talk him back down to the Carrier. When his wingman turns in his wings, Maverick is moved up in the standings and sent to the Top Gun Naval Flying School. There he fights the attitudes of the other pilots and an old story of his father’s death in combat that killed others due to his father’s error. Maverick struggles to be the best pilot, stepping on the toes of his other students and in a different way to Charlie, a civilian instructor to whom he is strongly attracted.