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The legacy of Tony Scott and "Top Gun" in shaping the public image of the U.S. Navy
U.S. Naval Institute ^ | August 23, 2012 | Dave "Bio" Baranek

Posted on 08/23/2012 11:40:17 AM PDT by Saint X

When Tony Scott was hired to helm the motion picture "Top Gun," he had been directing television commercials and music videos during a time-out from Hollywood after his first movie failed to achieve expectations. Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer wanted offered Scott the job of director, thinking his talent for 30-second spectacles would give the film a look of tightly controlled chaos of the dog fighting and life onboard an aircraft carrier. Scott quickly fell in love with the concept and signed on.

To use fighter pilot lingo, Scott re-engaged into movie making with a bag full of knots and guns blazing. The result was not only the highest-grossing movie of 1986, but an enduring film that still finds an audience on television and it continues to be the most familiar image of Naval Aviation for a great many people.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: movies; navy; topgun

1 posted on 08/23/2012 11:40:28 AM PDT by Saint X
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To: Saint X

Top Gun is always an entertaining stop on my channel surfing but it is far from Tony Scott’s best work, Man on Fire.

Man on Fire is on par with Tombstone as being two of the most under appreciated films of our time. And I spend most of my time watching TCM.


2 posted on 08/23/2012 11:47:56 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Saint X

1. Gay volleyball scene.
2. “I’ll hit the brakes and he’ll fly right by.”

Not exactly the proudest moments of the movie.


3 posted on 08/23/2012 11:47:56 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Cyman

“Man On Fire”, indeed.
Probably my favorite action movie since “Heat”.


4 posted on 08/23/2012 11:50:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE
Not exactly the proudest moments of the movie.

Especially when the big romance in the movie was with actors who are gay and lesbo in real life.

5 posted on 08/23/2012 11:51:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Saint X
I despise "Top Gun," for any number of reasons, including:

1) Promoting the largely false image of out-of-control 20-year-old "maverick" fighter pilots.

2) Starting the trend of using techno-rock music to accompany any film or documentary concerning U.S. airpower.

3) Its silly end scenario of a sitting duck USS Enterprise, under attack by black-painted MiG-28s (no such thing as a MiG-28).

This "F-14" movie is more to my liking:


6 posted on 08/23/2012 11:52:32 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: dfwgator

Google for the “Then and Now” pic of Cruise and McGillis.

He looks the same or better, and she’s become a middle-aged lesbo hag.

I saw her on SciFi in a post-apocalyptic vampire movie last month, and I was SHOCKED. She played an aging NUN.


7 posted on 08/23/2012 11:53:39 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Cyman

Man on Fire never did much for me. Now, True Romance, that was a good flick.


8 posted on 08/23/2012 11:53:49 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SJSAMPLE
Google for the “Then and Now” pic of Cruise and McGillis.

No thanks, I just ate.

9 posted on 08/23/2012 11:55:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SJSAMPLE

He’ll deliver more justice in a weekend than ten years of your courts and tribunals.


10 posted on 08/23/2012 11:56:45 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: wordsofearnest

Oh, snap!
Can’t believe I forgot WALKEN.


11 posted on 08/23/2012 12:02:13 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Cyman

1986 was the ABSOLUTE APEX of the Reagan Military.


12 posted on 08/23/2012 12:21:36 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Timber Rattler

I love this movie!


13 posted on 08/23/2012 12:24:30 PM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Speaking of McGillis, she runs an annual women-only (really lesbian-only) amateur football tournament down in Key West call the “Kelly McGillis Classic”. Really. I can’t make this stuff up.


14 posted on 08/23/2012 12:25:25 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SJSAMPLE

Cruise looks only mildly better than Kelly McGillis. She's gotten a little chubby.

15 posted on 08/23/2012 12:30:32 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Saint X
Say what you will about Top Gun - it certainly has not aged very well- but it did wonders for Navy recruiting, even moreso than An Officer and a Gentleman.

I also really like Man on Fire. Good take on Tony Scott's career here:

Great Scott

16 posted on 08/23/2012 1:30:01 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Timber Rattler
The Final Countdown had Katherine Ross. It's no contest!


17 posted on 08/23/2012 1:33:23 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

It also had Martin Sheen.


18 posted on 08/23/2012 1:35:50 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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