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Jingoism, beefcake, military hardware, and a Giorgio Moroder rock score reign supreme over taste and logic in this Tony Scott film about a maverick trainee pilot (Tom Cruise) who can't follow the rules at a Navy aviation training facility. The dogfight sequences between American and Soviet jets at the end are absolutely mechanical, though audiences loved it at the time. The love story between Cruise's character and that of Kelly McGillis is like flipping through pages of advertising in a glossy magazine. This designer action movie from 1986 would be all the more appalling were it not for the canny casting of good actors in dumb parts. Standouts include Anthony Edwards--who makes a nice impression as Cruise's average-Joe pal--and the relatively unknown Meg Ryan in a small but memorable appearance.
The DVD release has optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles, and closed captioning. --Tom Keogh
The cover box says it is in color but it is a grainy, black and white. I received it in March, 2015, and just opened 8/13/15, so it's my fault that I can not return it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Arthur Simmons
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|i have the hd dvd one||
The BD copy has a pretty consistent 30Mb/s bitrate and DTS Master Audio in 6.1. I found it to be superior to the HD-DVD, which only has standard DTS-ES and a lower video bitrate. Both have Dolby TrueHD, but I think it is 16/48 vs the 24/48 for the DTS-HD-MA on the BD version.
So, yea, it's... Read More
Jun 29, 2009 by S. Baker | See all 3 posts
the movie is taking place in a fantasy world. in 1986. and things didn't get cozy with gorby until 1987 , he was not seen as a friend till then.
|What is Kelly McGillis eating in the dinner scene at her house?||
she was married to several men. and had kids with one. she only later became a lesbian. at that time she was not a lesbian and she was only in her twenties. she's now 50++. but her sexuality doesn't matter really.. she did a great job on this movie.
|Quentin Tarantino's take||
there's no gay theme. it's in his head. there are plenty of gay people in the military , but the theme here was about being top gun and getting the girl. there are scenes that are gay themed in other movies , for instance in ben hur there's a scene etc. but not in this one.
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