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Hotshot Navy fighter pilot Tom Cruise has a need for speed (and for homoerotic beach volleyball) in this prototypical summer blockbuster.
Maverick Navy fighter pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) has a need — a need for speed. And he gets all he can handle when he and his wisecracking buddy Goose (Anthony Edwards) are admitted to the elite Top Gun training school, where the duo goes toe to toe with the Navy's best — including the super-cool Iceman (Val Kilmer) — Maverick puts the moves on a sexy civilian flight instructor (Kelly McGillis), and the flyboys hit the beach for the most homoerotic volleyball game in film history. The highest-grossing film of 1986 and the apotheosis of Tom Cruise, Top Gun perfected the unholy movie-as-music-video aesthetic that would set the template for Hollywood "high-concept" blockbusters for decades to come.