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Old 07-24-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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The flying scenes. I grew up next to an air force base, and there is nothing that gets my heart pumping faster than the sound of a fighter jet.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:07 PM
 
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The flying scenes. I grew up next to an air force base, and there is nothing that gets my heart pumping faster than the sound of a fighter jet.
Yeah. I like planes in general. Never been near a fighter plane, but my Dad has a little one that I played co-pilot in from a young age. On screen is as close as I have gotten, but very exciting!

Lots of adrenaline and testosterone in this movie. Now I want to watch it again. I only have it on VHS tho.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:08 PM
 
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Nothing. I still don’t get all the hoopla over this “iconic” film. Bad acting, Tom Cruise, horrible plot.... yeah nothing... I stick by that.
I’m with you...and you forgot (easy to do) the horrible music...aargh!
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:09 PM
 
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It isn't a documentary and long before 9 11, Iraq and Afghanistan, and Vietnam was years over already. Respect for the military was returning, with the movie helping in that department too, for interest in the military among the young again.

No big special effects but ..... THE MUSIC stood out and still does today. Iconic music to love scenes..... connects even today. Tom Cruz was skyrocketing and the movie was a success. Light-hearted with emotional connections and did not try to be a blockbuster as today with each trying too hard as so many movies today. Simpler story lines then, but worked emotionally on us. No one calls it iconic for its acting, story or special effects.

It was just one of the movies we see as defining that decade. When a movie seems to do that..... in a good way especially. It stands the test of time.

Tastes clearly differ...I find the music...awful.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:10 PM
 
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The music did win an Oscar though, so could it have been that bad? Usually the Oscar goes to the composer but they play the same two songs over and over, that I didn't notice much of the composer's music. But maybe the Oscars just really liked the songs.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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The music did win an Oscar though, so could it have been that bad? Usually the Oscar goes to the composer but they play the same two songs over and over, that I didn't notice much of the composer's music. But maybe the Oscars just really liked the songs.
'Take my breath away' won for best original song.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:14 PM
 
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Oh my mistake, I thought it was the score.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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For me the music was always about Kenny Loggins and Danger Zone. I still love that song.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:20 PM
 
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Oh my mistake, I thought it was the score.
You weren't far off. The score was nominated by the golden globes. We've heard the songs a million times now but hadn't then. Another award was for 'most performed songs from a motion picture'.

Back to the Oscars it was nominated for 'best sound' and 'best effects'. The sounds of the planes were awesome.
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Old 07-24-2018, 08:48 PM
 
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That's another thing I didn't get about the movie is the Maverick's commander near the beginning, chews him out, telling him that he's going to punish him for how he fliest, etc. But then he says he was compelled to enter him into a higher flying school to elevate his career? Why would he do that if Maverick is such a risk. That was a sudden turn around for him.
The movie played out as if the purpose of the school was to win the most dogfights and thus win the Top Gun Trophy. In that way the CAG sent his best chance to win a trophy, boosting his career as the commander of the winner, instead of the officer who he thought would be the best to teach the rest of the fighter pilots in his air wing what he learned. The true purpose of the school. So an officer who lost his flight leader position but proved better at dog fighting then the rest of the pilots went to school..
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