The massive success of Top Gunreleased 30 years ago this week, spawned a new age of Hollywood filmmaking. While films like Jaws and Star Wars are credited with fueling the trend of releasing studio blockbusters while students were out of school, the association of heat with big-budget spectacle was cemented by Tony Scott and his team of superproducers, Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson. Prior to working with Scott, the pair produced megahits like Beverly Hills Cop and Flashdancebut Top Gun was perhaps the fullest realization of their brand to date: empty summer movies that put product ahead of narrative.
Looking back, it's hard to believe nobody noticed. Released on May 16,the week after robo sci-fi Short Circuit and the week before naff spook-sequel Poltergeist II: The Other SideTop Gun promised jet-fuelled action, wry romance and six-packs galore. Few would argue that it failed to deliver, earning its stripes as a slick action flick "MTV goes to war!
The producers of Top Gun recently put to rest years of speculation surrounding the s chest-bumping hit. And for those looking to find a gay subtext, there are plenty of ripe examples for the picking. Case closed, right?
I have a confession to make: I like the movie Top Gun. Since its release in it has been my guilty pleasure, one of those films I love to hate while hating the fact that I love it. The story centres around an ill-disciplined but talented American fighter pilot nicknamed Maverick Tom Cruisewho joins the elite Fighter Weapons school in California. Cocky with a flashy grin and stylish bomber jacket, Maverick takes us on a ride filled with skilful combat sequences and bromance, set against a pop art fantasy of sunsets and palm trees.
Top Gun unknown. To have sex with a woman, usually while intoxicated. Used as a noun, naming a location where only a select few guys go after a party.
Please refresh the page and retry. In doing so, it would make A-listers out of its two preening male stars. B ut Top Gun's legacy has turned out to be more complicated — and interesting — than that.
Help support our writers and keep our site ad-free. Yet while the past three decades of film criticism have reaffirmed this interpretation, recent study suggests that subtle layers of heterosexuality pervade the text. As unlikely as it seems, a closer reading reveals a romance between a cocky male pilot and his female instructor. Indeed, this theory is inherently outlandish and absurd.
By Sean Braswell. The Daily Dose November 16, The producers of Top Gun recently put to rest years of speculation surrounding the s chest-bumping hit.
In recent times, the film has also undergone a reexamination as a homoerotic classic, in particular for a notorious shirtless volleyball scene. After several disappointing film roles and struggles with substance abuse, she drifted to stage work. Now 62 and sober, she spends the bulk of her time caring for her two children and teaching acting classes near her home in North Carolina.