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Top Gun (1986)

Updated: May 5

As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.


  • The elevator scene (in which Maverick and Charlie meet after his workout) was filmed post-production. Kelly McGillis's hair had already been colored for another movie role, which is why she is wearing a hat. Tom Cruise's hair is longer in the shot as well.

  • A test audience, who saw the movie before it was released, were annoyed that there was no love scene. The producers obliged, and five months after the production had wrapped, they summoned Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis to Chicago to film the infamous elevator scene and the sex scene. During their time away from the set, McGillis had lost approximately sixteen pounds, and Cruise was actually filming The Color of Money (1986), so his hair was much longer in those two scenes. McGillis' hair was also much darker, hence why she hid it underneath a cap in the elevator scene.

  • In the elevator scene as Maverick enters, there is a framed photograph of a ship on the wall behind him. The ship is the USS Los Angeles (CA-135).

Source: IMDB

Continuity Goofs

  • In the elevator, Charlie's ear alternates between being tucked under her cap and being untucked between shots.

  • In the elevator scene, Maverick walks through a "closed" elevator door.

  • During the elevator scene, the position of the hair on Maverick's forehead changes multiple times between shots.

Source: IMDB

Revealing mistakes

  • In the elevator scene, Charlie's hair is noticeably darker than in other scenes. This is because this scene was shot after principal photography, and Kelly McGillis had already dyed her hair for another film role. The filmmakers tried to hide her darkened hair with the cap, but it's still noticeable.

Source: IMDB


  • In the elevator scene the officer that enters is wearing a garrison cap. In the navy, indoors, the officer would not have been covered. Covers are only worn outdoors.

Source: IMDB

Crew or equipment visible

  • (At around 48m) When Maverick steps into the elevator, a crew member can be seen reflected on the picture frame on the wall behind him.

Source: IMDB

Top Gun (1986) Movie Poster
Top Gun (1986) Movie Poster


  • Tony Scott



  • Jim Cash

  • Jack Epps Jr.

Based on

  • "Top Guns" by Ehud Yonay


  • Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell

  • Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwoo

  • Val Kilmer as LT Tom "Iceman" Kazansky

  • Anthony Edwards as LTJG Nick "Goose" Bradshaw

  • Tom Skerritt as CDR Mike "Viper" Metcalf

  • Michael Ironside as LCDR Rick "Jester" Heatherly

  • John Stockwell as LT Bill "Cougar" Cortell

  • Barry Tubb as LTJG Henry "Wolfman" Ruth

  • Rick Rossovich as LTJG Ron "Slider" Kerner

  • Tim Robbins as LTJG Sam "Merlin" Wells

  • Clarence Gilyard as LTJG Marcus "Sundown" Williams

  • Whip Hubley as LT Rick "Hollywood" Neven

  • James Tolkan as CDR Tom "Stinger" Jardian

  • Meg Ryan as Carole Bradshaw

  • Adrian Pasdar as LT Charles "Chipper" Piper

Sources: IMDB & WIKI


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