As a lot of you movie fans in the land will know, many films are good, some are truly great, but even fewer reach the level of cult classic. Top Gun is one such film.
Released back in 1986, (which despite what we might actually think is a little more than fifteen years ago…. scary), Top Gun has risen to become a true crowning glory of 80s cinema with its action-packed fighter jet scenes, heart tugging story of loss and struggle, one of the best soundtracks ever and….yes….sure the odd topless volleyball and locker room scenes. Well it was the 80s.
Here at TruffleShuffle, Top Gun has been on of our true staples and we’ve stocked a huge range of exclusive Top Gun TShirts for …ooooh… well, longer than we’d like to remember. Always looking to up our game, we’ve been busy once again creating some exclusive new Maverick designs which are sure to tickle your fashion taste-buds. Take a flyby and check them out below….
Pretty snazzy huh! We’ll the fun doesn’t end there, we’ve also added some funky new call signs to the back of each design to you can represent your hero Maverick the way he would love…..in style!
For all these and so much more, pop on over to TruffleShuffle.com and check out our complete range of Top Gun Clothing today. See you there!
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Okay okay, NOW we’re starting to feel old 🙁 But hey! There’s still plenty of reasons to be both happy and proud about growing up at the time we did, we live that fact every single day with our huge collection retro inspired tshirts and gifts that just have us re-living the best childhood years ever….sooooo we’re not too worried now.
Alas! As spine-tingling, mind blowing, heart pounding as it is to believe, 80s icon and total movie masterpiece Top Gun is turning a whopping 28 years old today. Eeeep! .
Since hitting the silver screen for the first time back on the 12th of May 1986 at it’s premiere in New York, it’s had a home in all of our movie collections and has inspired some of or bestselling t-shirts EVER and many a stag weekend too. 🙂
To celebrate in style, we thought we would put together some of our top reasons that Top Gun is just so cool including some of our favourite scenes, quotes and pictures to have your nostalgia taste buds tinging.
So let’s try and answer one simple question…Why is Top Gun just so cool? Well!! .
The Flight Scenes…
Even though there are some pretty big names in the film, the real stars of the show are the Fighter Jets, F-14 Tomcat’s in fact. Giving us some amazing action sequences and dogfights, both in the cockpit and out. Nothing seems more cool than these after watching this film.
Always a chance to show off, get put back in their place and repeat, the crew are full of highly skilled and very cocky pilots who have egos too big to barely fit in the plane. So many good moments and brilliant character dynamics. Love it!
Maverick being a badass…
Pretty much as unruly as they come, Maverick is the ultimate badass of the sky, doing what he wants, borderline reckless but with enough skill to pull it all off in style. Everyone wanted to be him and hell… we still even do!
Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.
Air Boss Johnson: Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
The Bromance… Firstly between Maverick and Goose who is his initial wingman and true buddy, we all felt the heartache with Maverick after his sad accident. Later however, Maverick forms a new bromance with a classic hate-at-first-sight bromance with Iceman. We all know how this ends….”You can be my wingman any time.” Aww.
Talk to me, Goose!
The Romance… A huuuuge part of the film, the relationship between Maverick and Charlie is bursting with passion and long smiling gazes just like you did with your crush in the class room at school.
Carole: Hey, Goose, you big stud!
Goose: That’s me, honey.
Carole: Take me to bed or lose me forever.
Goose: Show me the way home, honey.
THAT Bar Scene… Everyone wishes they had the guts to pull something like this off, and for these guys it’s just another night at the bar. Such a classic scene which shows the fun between the group and of course Mavericks deep attempts to impress his future lady.
Shirtless Volleyball… Not a whole lot to say about this one. Say the name Top Gun and people will have these images in their head. Packed with amazing moves, rivalries and of course a sweaty torso or four.
Those Glasses… Images from this iconic movie are surely still on everyone’s mind when it comes to the number one sunglass the Ray-Ban Aviator 3025. Still some of the most iconic glasses to be rocking these days and Arguably the most famous shades style on the planet. This films just wouldn’t be the same without them would it?!
So there you have it folks! What a great way to celebrate a whopping 28 years of Top Gun in our lives. But don’t worry! We’re sure there are still plenty of cool years left in this film and also plenty of way to show your love with our amazing range of Top Gun T-Shirts and of course, our very own Top Gear Sunglasses 🙂 Take a peep at some of our most popular designs below…
So what are your favourte Top Gun moments and memories? Let us know by leaving a comment blow.
As soon as you here the opening chords of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” you are transported back to a time when the coolest men in the universe were flying F-14 Tomcats for the Navy and had silly names like Maverick, Goose and Ice Man. “Top Gun” made Tom Cruise a household name and gave Meg Ryan one of her first movie gigs. But even though it’s one of the most frequently quoted guy movies, how well do you really know it? Here are some facts about “Top Gun” that might surprise you.
10 – The bar in which a boozy rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” was performed is real, and still exists. It’s called Kansas City BBQ, and it’s in San Diego, California. Although a 2008 fire destroyed a lot of its memorabilia, the piano is still there and they still sell Top Gun t-shirts.
9 – Top Gun was inspired by a 1983 article in California magazine called “Top Guns,” which was about young fighter pilots training at a Naval Air Station in San Diego. Unfortunately the school itself does not award a “Top Gun Trophy,” nor is there a points system. Those elements were invented for the film.
8 – The bad guys’ MiG-28s that battle the Navy’s F-14 squadron at the end of the film don’t exist, and never have. They were made up for the film, and were actually American Northrop F-5s painted black, chosen because they looked “villainous”.
7 – The band Toto was also originally asked to record the film’s now famous ’Danger Zone’ track, but the deal fell through due to legal disputes. Thus, Kenny Loggins recorded the song, and music history was made.
6 – Ever wondered why Kelly McGillis is so incognito in the lift scene or the subsequent love scene is shot through an obscuring blue tint? Well, during test screenings the audience complained about a lack of love scene between the two characters so the movie was sexed up, and those scenes were added six months after the film wrapped. By then, McGillis had dyed her hair for another role.
5 – “Cougar”, the fighter pilot who loses his edge in the opening scene and gives way for Maverick and Goose to attend the Top Gun academy, was played by actor John Stockwell, writer of the Mark Walhberg film “Rock Star” and Surf classic “Blue Crush”.
4 – As for call signs, did you know that the squat, bald officer (James Tolkan) who wants to ’bust Maverick and Gooses butts’ had one? It’s never mentioned in the movie, but in the script and credits (and his name plate pictured here) it is revealed as “Stinger”.
3 – Many viewers of “Top Gun” assume the MiG fighters are Russian. In fact, their country of origin is never actually identified because the studio didn’t want to anger any possible overseas audiences. In the original script, however, they are revealed to be North Korean.
2 – The introduction of Charlie (Kelly McGillis) famously begins with a close-up of her high heels as she addresses the assembled pilots. Later in that same scene, though, you can clearly see she’s wearing flats so the 5’10″ McGillis wouldn’t dwarf 5’7″ Cruise.
1 – Despite being very cooperative during production, the U.S. Navy told director Tony Scott that he could only fire the F-14’s missiles twice. Scott filmed them both, then reused the same two shots over and over throughout the movie.
So there you have it, 10 little known facts about one of my favourite retro films. Thankfully we have plenty of retro tshirts and cool accessories available so you can show your appreciation too!!
So like a big pink ice cream van, full of delicious tasty icy treats, let us by your custodial frosted desert dealer as we prepare for you a mammoth sized creamy retro 99 topped off with swirly magic movie moments and sprinkles of celluloid cinematic wonder – oh and a flake!
Have a happy retro weekend 🙂
SATURDAY 12th JANUARY
Maverick (1994) 5USA 12:00pm-2:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Wisecracking gambler Bret Maverick and con artist Annabelle Bransford cheat their way across the Wild West to make the money they need to enter a high-stakes, once-in-a-century poker tournament, with a ruthless rival on their trail and a principled lawman as an unlikely travelling companion. Comedy Western, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, with James Garner, star of the original TV series, alongside Graham Greene and James Coburn.
Hulk (2003) ITV1 London 2:55pm-5:30pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
Scientist Dr Bruce Banner turns into the rampaging green Hulk after exposure to a huge dose of gamma radiation, prompting the military to embark on a no-holds-barred mission to destroy the monster. Meanwhile, Banner’s unstable father resurfaces, holding the secret to his transformation. Comic-strip adventure from director Ang Lee, starring Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte.
Stripes (1981) Dave 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Two layabouts enlist in the US Army in the mistaken belief that a modern serviceman’s life is the equivalent of a luxury holiday. However, the pair quickly realise military duty is much more rigorous than either of them could ever have imagined, while a jaunt in a commandeered high-tech vehicle creates an international incident when they cross into enemy territory. Comedy, with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sean Young, Warren Oates, John Candy and Judge Reinhold.
Armageddon (1998) BBC3 9:40pm-12:05am (2 hours 25 minutes)
Nasa discovers an asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with Earth, so a drilling expert is recruited to train a team of misfits to transport a nuclear device into outer space to destroy it – but having had no experience of space travel, the reluctant astronauts find themselves seriously out of their depth. Sci-fi thriller, with Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Michael Clarke Duncan, Billy Bob Thornton and Steve Buscemi.
SUNDAY 13th JANUARY
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) Channel 4 2:40pm-4:25pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A scientist perfects a device for making objects grow when they come into contact with electricity. Unfortunately, his two-year-old son is accidentally turned into a giant and goes on the rampage through the streets of Las Vegas. Disney comedy sequel, starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri and Lloyd Bridge.
Mannequin (1987) Channel 5 3:25pm-5:10pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A window dresser falls for an Ancient Egyptian princess reincarnated in the form of a department store dummy which comes to life at night. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty and James Spader.
Uncle Buck (1989) ITV2 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of the job. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Channel 4 11:15pm-1:15am (2 hours)
Fast-talking Detroit cop Axel Foley heads for Los Angeles after an old friend is murdered before his eyes. His search for the killers leads him into conflict with a seemingly untouchable drug kingpin, but he also has to contend with the local force, who do not want him taking matters into his own hands. Comedy thriller, starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Ronny Cox, John Ashton and Steven Berkoff.
Ding ding ding, bonus movie clip time to get you all in the mood – enjoy 😉
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Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember to have fun, enjoy yourselves, turn off the alarm clock and have a lie in!