'Top Gun' now in 3-D
Kelly McGillis and Tom Cruise star in the 1986 film "Top Gun," which will be shown locally at AMC-Loews and Cinemark Tarentum.
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Only one of the Pittsburgh-area theaters where "Top Gun" opened on May 16, 1986, survives, but star Tom Cruise lived up to Post-Gazette predictions:
"There hasn't been such a star-making role for a male performer since John Travolta primped, posed and pranced his way to the top in 'Saturday Night Fever.' ...
" 'Top Gun' should be a huge personal success for Cruise and a box-office bonanza, too. It is a sleek, efficient, high-tech product like the jet planes that Cruise shares the screen with.
"It is also undeniably entertaining, in a superficial, audience-pleasing way."
In the movie directed by the late Tony Scott, Mr. Cruise plays a hotshot pilot nicknamed Maverick; Anthony Edwards is his radar intercept officer, Goose; Kelly McGillis, a flight school instructor and romantic interest; Tom Skerritt, the best pilot in the business; and Val Kilmer as Mr. Cruise's rival.
It returns to theaters today in 3-D, having made nearly $354 million worldwide in 1986, turned Mr. Cruise into a sex symbol, boosted U.S. Navy recruitment, won an Oscar for best original song ("Take My Breath Away") and earned three other nominations. It is rated PG for mild language.
First Published February 8, 2013 12:00 am