Monday, April 25, 2011

Highway to the Danger Zone...

Ready to feel old?

Top Gun is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Yep, I said it. The movie came out 25 years ago, in 1986. Apparently, to mark this milestone, they'll be re-releasing the movie in theaters over the next few weeks.

While the movie was intended to harness Tom Cruise's star power, so many of the people in the cast—Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Tim Robbins and, in her goofy little part, Meg Ryan—had successful career trajectories of some sort.

But as a friend mentioned when I posted about this milestone on Facebook earlier today, the biggest star of the movie was the soundtrack.

Of course, as I look over the album, other than Berlin's Oscar-winning song, Take My Breath Away and Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone, not many of these songs (if any) became hits.

No matter. I never listened to You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling the same way after Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards' duet in the movie. And every time I hear Berlin, I see the video for Take My Breath Away, with the sexy motorcycle ride and Tom Cruise running (like he does in all his movies) and everything.

Good times. I might have to feed my need for speed...and see this again when it comes to theaters.

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