History Film / TopGun

23rd Sep '17 7:54:50 AM butterflygrrl
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*** Furthermore, after Goose's death in a training accident, Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.

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*** Furthermore, after [[spoiler: Goose's death in a training accident, accident,]] Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.
8th Sep '17 10:12:52 AM timotaka
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*** Furthermore, after Goose's death in a training accident, Maverick would in reality be immediately out of the program and into psychiatric evaluation.
20th Aug '17 11:14:08 AM nombretomado
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Okay, a bit more detail. ''Top Gun'' (1986) was inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The screenwriters and director Creator/TonyScott viewed it as "[[XMeetsY Sports Movie meets jets]]". In it, a hotshot pilot named "Maverick" (Cruise) is sent to the [=TOPGUN=][[note]] Which is the actual name of the real-life school - all caps, no space[[/note]] training school, a five-week workshop where pilots learn how to really kick ass in an OldSchoolDogfight. Here Maverick has to deal with competition from fellow pilots, and conquer his own demons, while still finding time to romance his civilian instructor Charlotte (Kelly [=McGillis=]).

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Okay, a bit more detail. ''Top Gun'' (1986) was inspired by a magazine article on Navy pilots. The screenwriters and director Creator/TonyScott viewed it as "[[XMeetsY "[[JustForFun/XMeetsY Sports Movie meets jets]]". In it, a hotshot pilot named "Maverick" (Cruise) is sent to the [=TOPGUN=][[note]] Which is the actual name of the real-life school - all caps, no space[[/note]] training school, a five-week workshop where pilots learn how to really kick ass in an OldSchoolDogfight. Here Maverick has to deal with competition from fellow pilots, and conquer his own demons, while still finding time to romance his civilian instructor Charlotte (Kelly [=McGillis=]).
16th Jul '17 11:12:33 PM bombadil211
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: There's strict protocol on ''who'' gets to fly jets - Maverick, who's already noted for having issues with authority, most likely wouldn't have been a candidate. It's {{hand wave}}d by him been vouched for (much to his headache) by a well-respected officer, who's somehow managed to shield Maverick from getting his rank busted down thrice affect him too badly. In real life, this is usually a death sentence for advancing in rank. But he's Maverick.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: ArtisticLicenseMilitary:
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There's strict protocol on ''who'' gets to fly jets - Maverick, who's already noted for having issues with authority, most likely wouldn't have been a candidate. It's {{hand wave}}d by him been vouched for (much to his headache) by a well-respected officer, who's somehow managed to shield Maverick from getting his rank busted down thrice affect him too badly. In real life, this is usually a death sentence for advancing in rank. But he's Maverick.Maverick.
** The real TOPGUN is simply pass-fail and there are no rankings or trophies to be won because, due to the personalities of those accepted into the program, everyone would kill themselves pulling wild stunts to try and beat their fellow aviators.


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* ColorCodedCharacters: The pilot-RIO pairings wear matching shirts beneath their flight suits to help identify who's in which plane when everyone has their oxygen masks on.
27th May '17 1:29:16 PM FastFuriousFan
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* WeaponsUnderstudies: A-4s and F-5s for [=MiGs=]. A-4s and F-5s were chosen by the actual [=TOPGUN=] training seminar for "Dissimilar Air Combat Training," which is military jargon for, "We can't get real [=MiGs=], but these planes can be modified to have have similar flight characteristics of just about any soviet fighter (the f-5 interestedly enough is still the most maneuverable fighter in subsonic flight in the US military except for thrust vectoring planes), so they'll do." They did actually have some Russian planes in the Constant Peg program, but its existence was classified at that time.

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* WeaponsUnderstudies: A-4s and F-5s for [=MiGs=]. A-4s and F-5s were chosen by the actual [=TOPGUN=] training seminar for "Dissimilar Air Combat Training," which is military jargon for, "We can't get real [=MiGs=], but these planes can be modified to have have similar flight characteristics of just about any soviet fighter (the f-5 interestedly interestingly enough is still the most maneuverable fighter in subsonic flight in the US military except for thrust vectoring planes), so they'll do." They did actually have some Russian planes in the Constant Peg program, but its existence was classified at that time.


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* WhamShot: Maverick and Goose [[spoiler: Finally eject from their falling fighter, only for Goose to fatally crash headfirst into the the ejected canopy, [[NeckSnap snapping his neck]]. He is already dead when his parachute opens.]]
10th Feb '17 4:23:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** In real life, TomCruise and [=Kelly McGillis=] despised each other.

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** In real life, TomCruise Creator/TomCruise and [=Kelly McGillis=] despised each other.
27th Jan '17 2:49:05 PM morane
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* InsistentTerminology: Maverick corrects Charlie when she calls him a "pilot." TruthInTelevision, the Navy has ''Aviators'', not "pilots."

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* InsistentTerminology: Maverick corrects Charlie when she calls him a "pilot." TruthInTelevision, the Navy has ''Aviators'', not "pilots.""pilots" for flying aircraft. A Navy ''pilot'' steers ships, not airplanes.
31st Dec '16 6:36:07 AM contrafanxxx
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** Personified in this quote:
-->'''Wolfman''' (watching footage of of planes getting shot down): This gives me a hard-on.
8th Dec '16 8:01:50 PM DimensionalShambler
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Practically the trope example. Too many to count. Too many to comprehend. People with military experience know better than to start a drinking game listing everything wrong with this picture, because that much booze would kill you. The one thing they did get right was that F-14's do take off from and land on aircraft carriers.
** Special mention must go to the fact that Maverick is described by his superiors, multiple times, as someone who disregards authority and plays by his own rules. Regardless of his piloting skill, this alone would keep the US Navy from ever putting him in the pilot seat of a multi-million dollar fighter jet.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Practically the trope example. Too many There's strict protocol on ''who'' gets to count. Too many to comprehend. People fly jets - Maverick, who's already noted for having issues with military experience know better than authority, most likely wouldn't have been a candidate. It's {{hand wave}}d by him been vouched for (much to start his headache) by a drinking game listing everything wrong with this picture, because that much booze would kill you. The one thing they did get right was that F-14's do take off from and land on aircraft carriers.
** Special mention must go
well-respected officer, who's somehow managed to the fact that shield Maverick is described by from getting his superiors, multiple times, as someone who disregards authority and plays by his own rules. Regardless of his piloting skill, rank busted down thrice affect him too badly. In real life, this alone would keep the US Navy from ever putting him is usually a death sentence for advancing in the pilot seat of a multi-million dollar fighter jet.rank. But he's Maverick.
17th Nov '16 11:44:42 AM Movienut376
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*BigWhat: During the climactic dogfight with the MiGs:
-->'''Merlin''': What are you doing? You're slowing down. You're slowing down!
-->'''Maverick''': I'm bringing him in closer.
-->'''Merlin''': You're gonna do '' WHAT?!?''
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