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Top Gun – 30th Anniversary Screening
June 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| $5 - $7
1986 American Film Directed by Tony Scott and Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheiimer.
Screenplay: Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr.
Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.
Top Gun is a rare action, adventure, romance type of movie with everything from the wild dogfights to a forbidden love to the over the top characters, Top Gun is a good old American hero drama.
Although it’s critics say this movie takes numerous liberties in order to entertain, the basic setup, in which fighter pilots from the fleet get sent to NAS Miramar, aka, “Top Gun” for intensive training, is 100% accurate. In Vietnam, several American planes were accidentally shot down by their own missiles, so, as a safety measure, enemy planes had to be visually identified, meaning American pilots were back to engaging the enemy at short range, hence the need for dogfighting. The “Top Gun” school was started as a result, and the rest is history.
Now, back to the movie. Tom Cruise is Maverick, a hotshot pilot but also somewhat unstable. If “Risky Business” launched his career as a movie star, then “Top Gun” cemented it. Guys wanted to be like him, and women of course lusted after him. The plot is pure formula, but executed with consummate professionalism. The team who put this movie together knew exactly how to push all the right buttons. But the best part is surely the flying. For nearly 100 years fighter pilots have been the modern equivalent of olden knights, men who brought a sense of glamour and romance to the deadly art of war, and this movie gives them a fitting tribute