Top Gun: An Impossible Mission?

In the 1986 blockbuster movie Top Gun, what was the nickname of Tom Cruise's character?

And the answer is: Maverick.

Top Gun tells the story of Lieutenant Pete Mitchell, a young naval pilot known as "Maverick," who along with his friend "Goose" is given the honor of training at the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Take My Breath Away."

Critics didn't think much of the blockbuster movie, but audiences loved it. At the time of its release, Top Gun received a scathing 55% approval rate from critics. However, this 1986 blockbuster ended up as the highest grossing movie of the year, and even today (some thirty-four years later) the film continues to pull significant annual revenue.

At the time of its release, audiences were wowed by the strength of the film's visual effects, especially as seen in intense aerial flight sequences. Cruise's role was also extremely well received. Interestingly, the popular actor was hesitant to accept the role at first. It took one ride with the Blue Angels for him to change his mind.

Did you know?

The role of Maverick was written expressly for Cruise. His performance in All the Right Places inspired the writers to create the part around him.

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