Top Gun: Then and now

16 January 2023
A look at the movies from then to now.
a pilot

Tom Cruise returns to Top Gun as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, 36 years after the first film. Avid fans of the movie were super excited about Cruise's return as Maverick. Let’s feed your nostalgia by having a look at the movies from then to now.

Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young lieutenant, is a rebellious daredevil. After a mission in which he defies orders, he is sent to Top Gun, the Naval Fighter Weapons School at Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. He soon becomes the top student in the class and eventually becomes a flight instructor for Top Gun. 

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Now a captain, Maverick is a test pilot kept from flag rank due to his continued rebellious nature and disobeying orders from superiors. When his scramjet program crashes, he returns to Top Gun to train a new generation of young pilots. A new adventure is born as he trains and mentors these enthusiastic young pilots and reminisces about the past.

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Maverick met the bold and beautiful Charlie (played by Kelly McGillis) who was an instructor at Top Gun. Their romance blossomed and they became the iconic movie couple of the '80s. Who could ever forget their romantic motorbike scene riding into the sunset? They did take our breath away. 

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Charlie does not make a return in the new film, but Maverick has a new love interest, Penelope, played by Jennifer Connelly. The two seem to have a history and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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Maverick’s best friend was Lieutenant Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards) who embarked with him on dangerous flight missions. He was killed during a mission, and this left Maverick guilt-stricken and heartbroken.

Lieutenant Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw played by Miles Teller is the son of Goose and a student at Top Gun. Maverick takes him under his wing in honour of his late father and helps him continue his father’s legacy.

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Fun fact: Some of the previous cast members can be seen in the movie through nostalgic flashbacks from the original film. There's also a special cameo from a returning cast member.

Watch Top Gun: Maverick on Sunday 22 January at 20:05 on M-Net 101.

Watch the trailer.

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