Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’86, cable, video, DVD, 8 Mar 2000, 5 May 2016, 17 Jun 2020 and 25 May 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A naval aviator and his radioman are sent to a course to help train the best of the best in aerial combat.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have always loved ever since I first saw it on the big screen 36 years ago.
The fact that the sequel is finally debuting today gave me the perfect excuse to rewatch this in orde rto have it fresh in my mind before taking in the next part of the story.
The way that things are put together is amazing and Director Tony Scott and his crew were able to create a non-stop, blood boiling and adrenaline pumping story that is so satisfying to watch.
The aerial stunts are breathtaking and the way that all of the characters try to outdo one another when it comes to cockiness is so enjoyable to take in.
The characters may be a bit too superficial and the story is pretty thin, but they still manage to find a way to keep things so engaging and thrilling the whole way through.
The movie and many of its characters have become quite iconic over the 3 and a half decades since this movie came out.
The love scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis feels a bit too forced and that part of the story has always been among the weakest links here.
The music of the film is amazing and helps enhance things so more especially when it is able to boost the action and make it feel even more suspenseful and thrilling to watch.
Great supporting cast with Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Tom Skerrit, Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Michael Ironside adding so much to the way things play out.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Stunt pilot Art Scholl was killed during the production of the movie, aged 54. He died when his Pitts S-2 camera plane failed to recover from a flat spin and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Scholl’s last words over the radio were “I have a problem – I have a real problem.” The exact cause of the crash was never determined, and neither the aircraft nor Scholl’s body were ever recovered. The film is dedicated to him. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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