8: Top Gun

This week, we could tell you all about Tony Scott’s 1986 military rollercoaster Top Gun, but then we’d have to kill you. Is this film nothing more than a macho fantasy? Is there a queer subtext — or text? Where is the danger zone, and who built this highway?

Content Warnings: militaristic violence, death of a loved one

Unanswered Questions:

  • Does Maverick really change in the course of the film, or does the narrative confirm that he right all along?
  • What are the queer dimensions to the film? What do we make of the exaggerated performance of masculinity?
  • Is Charlie’s independence sufficient? What happens to her after the film?

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Join us next time as we get back to some old-fashioned Hollywood prestige – and the film that gets Paul Newman his Academy Award for Best Actor after being nominated for six previous movies – with Martin Scorsese’s 1986 film The Color Of Money

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