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Hump Day Have Your Say .. Top Gun … A Film Promoting Gay Awareness?


Top gun that most macho of 1980’s Regan era military films.  While somewhat lacking in logic and reason is without a doubt a top-notch action film by recently passed director Tony Scott.  This film launched Tom Cruise’s career into the stratosphere and sold millions of aviator glasses, bomber jackets and volleyball sets.  This was also one of the first films my brother and I owned on VHS.  We may have ended up watching Top Gun more than a few times.

Are you looking at my bum you cheeky monkey?

While on the surface this films seems to be super masculine in a classic sense, a closer look provides a much different analysis.  Is this film actually about Maverick’s (Cruise) struggle with coming to terms with his own sexual orientation? Did acclaimed director Tony Scott create a modern action film with positive message about acceptance of gay military personnel.  Do we have Scott to thank in part for the military’s recent decision to allow gay personnel to server openly?  What Top Gun can’t have any homosexual scenes in it you say?  Let’s just check out the infamous volleyball scene for a prime example.


have you seen my baby oil?



sweaty man hug on 3

Now I have played my fair share of sports in both high school and college and let me tell you this sort of oiled up posing and grab ass is not what I would call typical behavior.  Never mind that everyone watching this game is male and in a similar state of undress.  Well except for Goose our token straight guy in the film.  Not to worry we will take care of that problem soon enough.


In the Navy !!!

A bunch of guys walk into a bar dressed in Navy uniforms.  Next thing you know they all bust out into a group sing along.  “baby baby, I’d get down on my knees for you”.  This looks more like an episode of Glee than a bombastic action film.   Also interesting that as soon as Maverick walks into the bar he declares it to be a target rich environment despite what looks like an 80/20 percentage of male to female patrons.  Can you say sausage fest?


I gonna take this fist and......

Plenty of tunes on this well selling soundtrack are filled with similar odes to male love and sexual innuendo.  Now that I think about it I had this on vinyl and would listen to it on my record player while looking at the Top Gun Poster hanging on my wall.  Just check out these lyrics by Kenny Loggins in the song Playing with the Boys:

It’s a strange anticipation,
Knock, knock, knocking on wood.
Bodies working overtime,
Man against man
Need more evidence? Then let’s hit the showers.  Have you ever seen a film where guys spend more time in the shower prancing around like roosters in a barn yard than in Top Gun?  Don’t these guys have a rec-room to hang out in or pants for that matter?

just let me put my leg up on this bench



couldn't resist this in the hopes it stops this talk of a sequel




Sure I know maybe these guys are really just into cleanliness.  Just because they are way ahead of the curve on that whole metro sexual thing does not prove anything.  Well how about that fact that Maverick’s love interest in the film is named Charlie?  Similarly, he is confused about his relationship and runs away without closing the deal.  He eventually is able to get the job done, but only after Charlie approaches him dressed as a man.  Why is it that Maverick does not close the deal earlier?  It’s because Maverick is in fact gay and in love with Iceman (Kilmer).


finally you look like one of the fellas



‘I gotta be straight with you, Mav. ‘I have a family to think about. I can’t afford to blow this.’

This film is filled to the brim with close talking, close-ups of sweaty guys, ass shots, tight pants, sexual innuendo, missiles, rockets, guys jockeying for position and males in various states of undress.  Just check out the sample of the dialogue provided in the above picture.  I did not have to search very hard for the examples I provided, and I am sure you could find a lot more evidence to back up my hypothesis.


Air Boss Johnson with that big cigar always in his mouth

Still not enough proof that Top Gun is the 1980’s version of Brokeback Mountain?  Well how about this take from Tarantino.



So what’s your take is Top Gun a macho man action film, or is it actually about one man’s struggle with coming to terms with his own sexuality?  Can you think of any other instances in this film that would suggest Scott had an agenda hidden just below the surface of this Reagan era action film?


I would like to thank two people for inspiration for this weeks post Film Reconsidered  http://www.ladgefull.com/?page_id=45  Has a much more in-depth analysis of the gay themes in Top Gun.  I would also like to give a shout out to Fogs Movie Reviews for giving me the idea for this post with his post about Top Gun this week http://fogsmoviereviews.com/2012/08/27/movies-that-everyone-should-see-top-gun/


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  • Fogs' Movie Reviews August 29, 2012, 10:40 am

    LOL!!! :D

    Funny stuff man. Funny stuff.

    Here’s a future Great debate one of these days. Better subversively homoerotic movie, “Top Gun” or “Point Break”. :D Cause I think “Point Break” is a romance between Bodhi and Utah, for sure LOL.

    • Adam August 30, 2012, 12:59 pm

      I look forward to that great debate :-)

  • rrclimber August 29, 2012, 10:48 am

    Don’t you sass Point Break. Johnny Utah is an F-B-I Agent!

  • Adam August 29, 2012, 11:10 am

    I can’t wait to see this on the LAMB, I submitted it for the Tony Scott Directors Chair segment.

  • rrclimber August 29, 2012, 11:40 am

    I am pretty sure that Tarantino is just gay for Tom Cruise. Also, he is a sex deprived toe sucking pervert. So there is that…

    If you try hard enough I am sure you bend the themes of this movie to meet any agenda that you can come up with. That doesn’t make it true. It just makes it manipulated.

    • Adam August 29, 2012, 12:58 pm

      Mark, denial is the first stage of acceptance. ;-)

      • rrclimber August 29, 2012, 8:12 pm

        60% of the time, it works every time…

  • scottydynamite August 29, 2012, 1:15 pm

    “I feel the need, the need for _________________.”

  • Steven S August 30, 2012, 12:17 am

    Combine T.Scott’s hyperbole with the campness of the 80’s and viola! It just turns into a big camp disco on screen – chiselled chins, moisturised pecks and pert little tooshes.

    • Adam August 30, 2012, 12:58 pm

      Steven, the more I read about Scott’s directorial style the more it seems he had used of hyperbole. However, his films lack a certain amount of factual accuracy with regards to details. Campy would be a good way to describe Top Gun. It certainly looks differnt to me than when I watched it when I was 14 lol

  • Jaina August 30, 2012, 1:48 am

    Now this made me laugh. Also made me want to go and rewatch Top Gun. Which concerns me slightly….

    • Adam August 30, 2012, 12:59 pm

      It only concerns you slightly? ;-)

  • Tracy August 30, 2012, 1:42 pm

    This comment thread needs to be its own post. This video will explain everything about Top Gun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekXxi9IKZSA

  • Adam August 30, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Tracy my favorite comment to that video was “Still a better love story than Twilight” LMAO

    • Tracy August 31, 2012, 8:50 am

      HAHA! Right?! That’s hilarious….and true. Puts a whole new spin on having a need for speed eh?

  • Mark Walker August 31, 2012, 1:50 am

    Lol. This is a brilliant post Adam. Couldn’t argue at all with you here. Maybe this is why I’ve always hated Top Gun. Cause I’m a real man and all that, you know?

  • Chip Lary August 31, 2012, 10:40 am

    Nice humor. Now if you *really* want to see a movie with gay undertones that are practically overtones then go watch Troy.

    • Adam September 1, 2012, 10:39 am

      Hmmm I was thinking about Predator or 300 next but you might be right about Troy. ;-)

  • Castor September 1, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Ahaha interesting analysis Adam. This would be blatant had this movie been made at anytime outside the 1980s but then again, it was made in the 80s :P

    • Adam September 2, 2012, 10:13 am

      Castor the film certainly looked different than I recall from watching it at age 14.

  • Chris May 13, 2013, 11:50 am

    Really great piece! But I, erm, haven’t actually seen Top Gun…

    • Adam May 13, 2013, 1:32 pm

      Really, that is impressive that you have managed to avoid it for so long.

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