PG | | Action, Drama
As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
The cast of Top Gun is so iconic, it's hard to imagine anyone else filling those roles, but Maverick and Iceman almost looked very different.
One of the deck officers on the carrier is named Scott, a reference to director Tony Scott.
Good morning, Scott.
During the first hop, Jester clearly states that the hard deck would be 10,000 feet. However, during most of the engagement you can clearly see that the fighters are flying much closer to the ground than 10,000 feet. They fly through the terrain,and at one point Goose even says "Watch the mountain!" Since the tallest mountain in San Diego County doesn't rise above 6,600 feet, there would be no way for them to be in any danger if they were actually above the hard deck.
Following the pictures of actors in the film in the closing credits, a brief shot is shown of two F-14s flying by amidst a red sky with a mountain in the background. The closing credits play over this mountain sunset scenery.
The version of the film shown on the Paramount Network has nearly all of the profane language intact (basically everything but the word "shit"). However, this version also randomly cuts out several scenes and parts of scenes, presumably to fit in the network time slot allotted. Scenes missing altogether include (but are certainly not limited to) Maverick and Goose conversing in their housing regarding whether or not they'll graduate, and Jester and Viper conversing, with Viper revealing hew knew Maverick's "old man." The latter is especially surprising considering this plot point plays a major role in a later scene.
$8,193,052 18 May 1986