Wing: any time

With Top Gun: Maverick in theaters and two missions: Impossible in the works, it’s a busy time for Tom Cruise. Jumping out of Tony Scott’s 1986 box office hit, Maverick in Part Two is still writing the checks his body can’t cash: Cruise Pilot Training from a Top Gun alumnus. Among his subjects is Miles Teller, who plays Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, son of Nick “Gus” Bradshaw.

In the Top Gun sequel, Tom Cruise trains Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, son of “Goose”… Photo: AP

target environment

Spoiler: Originally, Father Goose tragically died as Maverick’s airline partner. The defector blamed himself. I played goose before Anthony Edwards, known as Dr. Mark Green in the medical drama ER, set in Chicago. In the ’90s, Second City was having a pop culture moment, from its opera empire to the post-rock rise and dominance of the Chicago Bulls basketball team.

… played by Anthony Edwards, who was also in the emergency room, in Chicago … Photo: AP

dance steps

The early stages of the pandemic were bewildering: Who would have thought so many basketball fans would be charmed by Netflix documentaries the last dance, chronicling Michael Jordan and the Bulls’ dominance in the NBA. Basketball critics or not, we all now understand Phil Jackson’s “triangle crime.”

Michael Jordan
…whose basketball team, The Bulls, was the subject of a documentary series starring Michael Jordan … Photo: Getty Images


Dennis Rodman was one of the main supporting actors: a solid player with a penchant for high life and high drama. Outlaw interests later took him to North Korea. Inevitably, they also drove to Hollywood. In 1997 he starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in the movie Double Team and Mickey Rourke. “One of the most absurd action movies ever made,” Roger Ebert wrote.

Mickey Rourke
…and Dennis Rodman, who also appeared on Double Team, with Mickey Rourke… Photo: Getty Images

running man

In the early 1980s, Rourke refined his business ideas at Rumpelfisch, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. boss Francis Ford Coppola It was on Hinton Zack: He also adapted the story of her classic teen gang The Outsiders. Matt Dillon has starred in both, with the latter featuring a lot of up-and-coming actors – Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and… Tom Cruise. It wasn’t clear who the bigger star would be, but Cruz was followed by Risky Business and Top Gun, surpassing all of them.

Francis Ford Coppola
… of his other films is Rumble Fish, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who also adapted The Outsiders starring Tom Cruise. Photo: shutterstock

Pairing notes

Listen Top Gun originated at the end of the Cold War and has avoided many direct references to it. The podcast The Unclear and Present Danger examines cinema in the ’80s and ’90s as it grapples with the geopolitics of the era.

He drinks The world of Top Gun goes back to basics: In a crowded bar scene, Goose and Maverick drink bottles of Bud’s while Val Kilmer’s Iceman drinks a glass of ice water. It doesn’t get any cold.

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