High Flying Film: Top Gun at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The end of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Nights Film Series is fast approaching. With only five more films left, your opportunities to enjoy an evening of fresh Summer air and cult classic films are dwindling.┬áThis week at the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series: high-flying 80s classic, Top Gun. See the film that made Tom Cruise’s career as an action star Friday, July 29. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the film starts at dusk. Take a walk through the Gardens at the IMA; then head to the IMA’s amphitheater for a piece of classic 80s cinema.

A prime example of the 1980s action flick genre, Top Gun is chock-full of action-one-liners, stunts and cheese-soaked romance. Starring Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis and Anthony Edwards, the story centers on the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. Cruise is “Maverick,” a defiant and courageous young student in the program out to find glory. A reckless fighter pilot chasing the thrill of adventure, Maverick is an arrogant bender-of-rules, who in the first fifteen minutes of the film not only saves a fellow pilot but lands in hot water for his non-traditional methods.

Pit against 80s heartthrob, Val Kilmer as Iceman, Maverick goes head to head in a government funded pissing match to determine whose balls are bigger. All the while, our protagonist chases a pretty blonde (Kelly McGillis), who happens to be an astrophysicist and civilian Top Gun instructor. In the film’s most notable scene, he serenades her to the tune of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” along side his fellow cadets.

Back in training as pressure mounts between foes Iceman and Maverick, an accident kills Cruise’s wing man, Goose. Shocked and guilt-stricken by the incident, he considers dropping out of the program all together. Can Maverick regain his confidence and rise to the challenge of a crisis situation? Relive this classic eighties action flick at the IMA’s Summer Nights Film Series. The film also features Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Tom Skerritt in supporting roles.

Tickets to this Indianapolis event are $5 for museum members and $10 for Indianapolis people. Before the movie, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for dinner and drinks at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Top Gun
Friday, July 29, 2011
6:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN