Watch Quentin Tarantino tell you all about what ‘Top Gun’ is REALLY all about
The Tom Cruise classic Top Gun will celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer so this is as good a time as any to watch it again.
I remember watching it during summer break from college in 1986 at a drive-in somewhere in OC with my sister, her best friend and one of our nephews. I was so naive back then apparently.
The movie is officially about Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
He and his Radar Intercept Officer Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw (Anthony Edwards) are given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego.
Maverick has a rivalry with LT Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazanski (Val Kilmer) and a romance with flight instructor Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood.
But Quentin Tarantino’s character of Sid in the 1994 film Sleep With Me has his own interpretation of the film that was a box office sensation and will reunite Cruise and Kilmer in an upcoming sequel.
Sid doesn’t once mentioned the film’s famously homoerotic beach volleyball scene in this brilliant analysis but still finds it plenty gay in it anyway.
‘It is a story about a man’s struggle with his own homosexuality. It is! That is what Top Gun is about, man,’ Sid says at a party in a movie-stealing cameo.
‘You’ve got Maverick, all right? He’s on the edge, man. He’s right on the fucking line, all right? And you’ve got Iceman, and all his crew. They’re gay, they represent the gay man, all right? And they’re saying, go, go the gay way, go the gay way. He could go both ways.’
Sid is now on a roll and continues: ‘Kelly McGillis, she’s heterosexuality. She’s saying: no, no, no, no, no, no, go the normal way, play by the rules, go the normal way. They’re saying no, go the gay way, be the gay way, go for the gay way, all right? That is what’s going on throughout that whole movie..’
Sid is simply not buying the love story between Maverick and Charlie.
‘He goes to her house, all right? It looks like they’re going to have sex, you know, they’re just kind of sitting back, he’s takin’ a shower and everything. They don’t have sex. He gets on the motorcycle, drives away. She’s like, “What the fuck, what the fuck is going on here?”
‘Next scene, next scene you see her, she’s in the elevator, she is dressed like a guy. She’s got the cap on, she’s got the aviator glasses, she’s wearing the same jacket that the Iceman wears. She is, okay, this is how I gotta get this guy, this guy’s going towards the gay way, I gotta bring him back, I gotta bring him back from the gay way, so I’ll do that through subterfuge, I’m gonna dress like a man. All right? That is how she approaches it.’
‘All right, but the REAL ending of the movie is when they fight the MIGs at the end, all right? Because he has passed over into the gay way. They are this gay fighting fucking force, all right? And they’re beating the Russians, the gays are beating the Russians. And it’s over, and they fucking land, and Iceman’s been trying to get Maverick the entire time, and finally, he’s got him, all right?
‘And what is the last fucking line that they have together? They’re all hugging and kissing and happy with each other, and Ice comes up to Maverick, and he says, “Man, you can ride my tail, anytime!” And what does Maverick say? “You can ride mine!”
‘Swordfight! Swordfight! Fuckin’ A, man!’