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Still shot from the movie: Top Gun.

Top Gun

This top-grossing film of 1986 follows the hotshot pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) as he trains at the Miramar Naval Air Station. Along with competing for the Top Gun title against other talented flyers (one played by Val Kilmer), he also makes time to flirt with his teacher (Kelly McGillis). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 07 Feb 2013
Video Release: 18 Feb 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Characters often wear sunglasses inside buildings or darkened rooms in this movie. Why? How are sunglasses used to create an aura of “cool”? Why do you think the number of people wanting to join the navy increased sharply after the release of this movie?

What does the description “larger than life” mean? What characters in this movie fit that descriptor? What are the dangers of working with a person who routinely breaks the rules? Whose lives does Maverick endanger in this movie? How does the story of his father’s death impact this young flyboy? How does it influence his approach to flying?

What characters serve as role models in this story? Why are they important to the young pilots? Why is Cmdr. Mike Metcalf (Tom Skerritt) so insistent that Maverick get back in the air after the accident?

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