January 28, 2013
By Mike Collins
Almost every pilot remembers Top Gun, the 1986 blockbuster directed by Tony Scott that encouraged many people to learn to fly—in both the military and general aviation. Well, the movie has been remastered in 3-D and will return to select IMAX theaters beginning Friday, Feb. 8, for a six-day engagement.
The film is slated for projection at some 300 theaters in 113 U.S. markets. To see where the 110-minute movie is showing near you, visit the IMAX website.
Top Gun co-star Anthony Edwards—who played Goose, Maverick’s radar intercept officer—recently became a private pilot. “Flying is something I always wanted to do, even before Top Gun,” Edwards recently told AOPA. Read the “Pilots: Anthony Edwards” (February 2013 AOPA Pilot) interview or see an expanded video interview on AOPA Live.
“I was lucky to have an instructor who, by taking me step by step, never made me feel overwhelmed.” He currently flies a Cirrus SR20.
The Paramount Pictures movie, which tells the story of an elite group of pilots competing to be the best in their air combat maneuvering class, earned more than $350 million in box offices worldwide. Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis star in the film; in addition to Edwards it also co-stars Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan.
If you miss Top Gun in the theater, the remastered version will be released on Blu-ray, in both 3-D and 2-D versions, Feb. 19. The 2-D version includes a six-part documentary on the making of the movie, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and interviews and commentary. Scott supervised the film’s conversion to 3-D before his death in August 2012.
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
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