35 years of Top Gun, and fans still can’t get enough of it

Arts & Culture

Tom Cruise’s action genre classic Top Gun’s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is all set to release in theatres this December to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

Bengaluru: As people eagerly wait for Maverick to release, fans across the world celebrate May 13 (not the release date of the movie), Top Gun Day, by posting tweets and re-watching the movie. 

Fans watch Top Gun to celebrate the movie and 35 years of it.
Fans tweeting their way through the Top Gun day.
Fans celebrate Top Gun day during the pandemic with Top Gun zoom backgrounds.

“Top Gun is definitely on my list of top 10 favourite movies of all times and everybody should watch it at least once in their lifetime. I have seen the movie so many times that I can now quote it word to word. Tom Cruise as Maverick has my heart melting and his love story with Charlie has actually had me wanting to be married to a defence officer one day,” said Sanyogita Agnihotri, a fan of the movie. 

Fans produce a Lego trailer as they eagerly wait for Top Gun: Maverick.

Top Gun was inspired by the TOPGUN program of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.

The movie was a massive hit when it was released in 1986. According to an article, the movie became so iconic among people that the United States aviation forces saw a 500 percent increase in applications. Top Gun still continues to inspire people across the world to join the aviation forces.

Harshit Bansal, founder of Humans of Cinema and a movie critic, said, “The film’s impact has been immense, it’s still one of a kind film. In the US it’s a documented movie. While the film has definitely had an impact among the people of the U.S., people across India have also been inspired by the movie.” He added, “This film has made Tom Cruise the superstar that he is today.”

Greg Shephard, an online ad salesman, was the brainchild of what the world knows as Top Gun Day. According to the Radio Times, the date was meant to be May 16 — the movie’s original 1986 release date — but someone accidentally put a different date on some graphics and Shepherd and company just decided to go with it.

While fans celebrate Top Gun Day, Tom Cruise makes the headlines for returning his three Golden Globes in protest after the Los Angeles Times exposed Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s loose financial practices and lack of diversity, according to news reports.

“Tom Cruise returning his Golden Globes awards makes a lot of difference,” said Harshit. “If it would have been someone who would have not been as big a celebrity as him, I don’t think it would have made the headlines,” he added.

Soon after Tom Cruise’s announcement, NBC also announced that it will not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes.