Top Gun script
Top Gun (1986)
Synopsis: op Gun is a 1986 American romantic military action drama film directed by Tony Scott, and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, in association with Paramount Pictures. The screenplay was written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps, Jr., and was inspired by an article titled "Top Guns" published in California magazine three years earlier. The film stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Tom Skerritt. Cruise plays Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw (Edwards) are given the chance to train at the Navy's Fighter Weapons School at Miramar in San Diego.

NOTE:
Aerial dialogue in CAPS is UHF radio;

plane to plane, plane to carrier.

Aerial dialogue in small case is ICS;

an inter-cockpit system; a live mike,

heard by pilot and RIO only.

1. EXT. NIGHT. - THE PACIFIC IS ANYTHING BUT

WINDS HOWL. Rain drives horizontal. The sea surges up,

nearly to the flight deck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty

Hawk. The carrier plunges, driving its bow into a wall of

grey water. The deck pitches forward and back, rolls left to

right, and yaws in a corkscrew motion. The entire 93,000 ton

behemoth rises and falls in the TYPHOON-DRIVEN SWELL.

2. SOMETHING DROPS DOWN OUT OF THE NIGHT

A ROAR. Silver wings flash by, a cockpit, fiery jet

exhausts. A forty ton monster drops at 120 knots into an area

the size of a tennis court in a CONTROLLED CRASH.

2A. A SHOWER OF SPARKS, A SCREECH OF RUBBER AND METAL as

the gear hits the deck. The hook catches the 3 wire and the

F-14 TOMCAT is slammed to a halt. It's the scariest thing

you've ever seen, the most dangerous maneuver in aviation and

just another day at the office for a Naval Aviator.

TITLES OVER:

HARD DRIVING ROCK AND ROLL - THE CARS - RIDE ME HIGH

3. FLIGHT DECK - THE LANDING SIGNAL OFFICER - (LSO)

Leans almost horizontal into the winds. He holds the pickle,

controlling the landing lights and speaks into a mike. His

calm, professional commands belie the extreme conditions.

LSO:

POWER, POWER...DON'T CLIMB...

OKAY, HOLD WHAT YOU GOT.

4. ANOTHER TOMCAT FLIES OVER THE RAMP

It slams in. The pilot hits full power, catches the wire, slams

to a stop, cuts his engines.

5. OMITTED

6. AIR OPS - BELOW DECK

Lots of scopes and electronic gear. The CARRIER CONTROL APPROACH

OFFICER (CCA) watches a blip on radar, reaches for his mike key.

7. EXT. THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING - (AERIAL)

We float like gods, above the storm, above the cloud cover,

looking down. From overhead, a probe slides into frame, then

a graceful nose. The cockpit sides by, Pilot, then Radar

Intercept Officer (RIO) barely illuminated by the orange glow

of their instruments. The fuselage gracefully swells to two

enormous air intakes, then variable angle wings, swept back

for high speed flight. Twin tailbooms cant outward,

horizontal stabilizers make constant adjustments. Enormous

twin jet exhaust ports glow red in the moonlight.

8. INT. COCKPIT - (AERIAL)

We become aware of WIND WHISTLE, JET ENGINE SOUNDS, RADIO

STATIC. The pilot, COUGAR, is calm, steady. The Radar

Intercept Officer in the backseat, GOOSE, is a wildman,

always an edge of humor in his voice. A UHF transmission

breaks in..

STRIKE (V.O. filtered)

GHOST RIDER, THIS IS STRIKE... WE

HAVE UNKNOWN CONTACT INBOUND,

MUSTANG. YOUR VECTOR ZERO NINE ZERO

FOR BOGEY.

Almost immediately the RIO picks up a target and responds.

GOOSE:

CONTACT 20 LEFT AT 25, 900 KNOTS

CLOSURE.

8A. ANGLE - SECOND F-14 - 115 - COUGAR'S WINGMAN

Come in on the cockpit with stenciled name and call signs: LT.

EVAN MITCHELL is the pilot, MAVERICK. In flight suit and oxygen

mask, we can only see his eyes. they are confident. In his

mid-twenties, he is lean, hard, athletic...the archetype fighter

pilot. His rear-seater is LTJG. WALTER MERLIN; WIZARD.

MAVERICK:

I'LL I.D. HIM, YOU HOOK 'EM.

Maverick peels off to right, to high cover position; 5 o'clock.

9. INT. GHOST RIDER 117 - COUGAR'S POV

HEADS UP DISPLAY (HUD) glows dimly on the windscreen. Directly

in front of the stick, two CRT screens display data. The bottom

screen shows a radar sweep. Wedged between the instruments is a

snapshot of a pretty young woman with a 2 month-old baby.

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Jack Epps Jr.

ack Epps Jr. (born 1949) is an American screenwriter, known chiefly for such popular '80s films as Top Gun,[1] Legal Eagles and The Secret of My Success, which he wrote with longtime partner Jim Cash. Cash graduated from the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. more…

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