"Top Gun," starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, and Val Kilmer

ON THIS DATE (26 YEARS AGO)
May 16, 1986 – “Top Gun,” starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, and Val Kilmer, opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.
Top Gun is a 1986 American action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with the Paramount Pictures company. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by the article “Top Guns” written by Ehud Yonay for California magazine.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. The film depicts Maverick’s progress through the training, his romance with a female instructor (McGillis), his overcoming a crisis of confidence following a fatal training accident, and the killing of several enemy pilots of unlisted nationality in a dogfight.
The film won the following awards:
Year
Award
Category – Recipient(s)
1987
ASCAP Film and Television Music Award
Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures – Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the song “Take My Breath Away”.
1987
Academy Award
Best Music, Original Song – Giorgio Moroder (music) and Tom Whitlock (lyrics) for the song “Take My Breath Away”.
1986
Apex Scroll Award
Achievement in Sound Effects
1987
BRIT Award
Best Soundtrack
1987
Golden Globe
Best Original Song – Motion Picture – Giorgio Moroder (music) and Tom Whitlock (lyrics) for the song “Take My Breath Away”.
1987
Golden Screen
1987
Grammy Awards
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) – Harold Faltermeyer andSteve Stevens for “Top Gun Anthem”.
1987
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects
1987
People’s Choice Award
Favorite Motion Picture
1988
Award of the Japanese Academy
Best Foreign Language Film
2005
AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes
Won for the line, “I feel the need…the need for speed!” Ranked 94th.
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