Trivia:Both John Carpenter and David Cronenberg turned down the chance to direct. more
Goofs:Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Maverick launches for the final dogfight scene, he shortly announces, "Maverick's supersonic. I'll be there in 30 seconds." The air battle is taking place 150 miles away. Traveling at Mach one (at sea level, 761.2 mph, faster than it is at altitude), it would still take him almost 12 minutes to arrive. more
Quotes:Iceman: You two really are cowboys.
Maverick: What's your problem, Kazanski?
Iceman: You're everyone's problem. That's because every time you go up in the air, you're unsafe. I don't like you because you're dangerous.
Maverick: That's right! Ice... man. I am dangerous.
Movie Connections:Referenced in Iluzija (2004) more
Soundtrack:You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling more
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One of the Greats!!!, 13 December 1999
Author: Big O-7 from Binghamton, NY
This film takes a beating and keeps on coming. The critical reviews were not good, and a lot of cynical movie-goers out there will agree with them. I am not one of those people. I have the capability of simply going to see a movie, get some popcorn, and simply enjoy the movie for what it is ... pure, escapist entertainment. Some people, and most critics, forget that movies were created as pure entertainment ... they never pretended to become the class-room that some people want them to be. They have always been just entertainment. And if one can accept a movie for being just visceral fun, then this is one of the best. I get a thrill from this movie as soon as that beat starts as the stars align themselves around a mountain and form Paramount's logo. And thank you to all those involved, particularly (in no particular order) to:
1- screenwriters Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr.// 2- first-time director Tony Scott// 3- stars Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, and Val Kilmer (plus the future Tim Robbins, Tom Skerritt, and Meg Ryan)// 4-but especially to the "visionary alliance" of uber-producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson.
Together, this team - sharpened to a point by Bruckheimer and Simpson- has managed to create one of the most visceral, adrenaline-charged motion pictures of all time (just think ... this film is 13 years old and still looks this good and rents this well and sells this well and garners great Nielsens). It is with deep-seated appreciation that I say "Thank You" to ALL of those involved, especially Mr. Simpson and Mr. Bruckheimer -- Thank You!!!.
PS - for behind the scenes action, read the book HIGH CONCEPT.