It’s been 36 years considering that we initially felt the “need for speed” when Top Weapon was launched in theaters. Produced by the vibrant duo of Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, and directed by the late fantastic action filmmaker Tony Scott, Top Weapon took the action war movie into the “danger zone” with its awesome aerial action scenes, iconic moments that have actually permanently been created into pop-culture history, and among the most popular movie soundtracks of perpetuity.

Above all Top Weapon was the movie that saw growing star Tom Cruise end up being the worlds most significant movie star in his function as the hotshot Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, leading a cast of upcoming skill who would go on to make a mark on the movie market for many years to come.

Here’s a take a look at the cast of Top Weapon over 3 years after they last took our breath away.

Tom Cruise – Pete “Maverick” Mitchell

Top Weapon starred Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a Naval Pilot whose quality as a pilot is typically damaged by his naïve cockiness. When Radical is sent out to go to Top Weapon, the Naval Fighter Defense School, he discovers himself in a competition with the similarly skilled Iceman (Val Kilmer), while he starts a relationship with civilian trainer Charlie (Kelly McGillis).

The function of Radical blasted the then 24-year-old Cruise into the stratosphere, the Danger star bringing that wide-grinned star wattage to a function that brought Cruise’s self-confidence and strength to the fore. Cruise would go on to end up being a constant force as a box-office king with movies such as Rain Man, Minority Report, and War of the Worlds, in addition to scoring Oscar elections for Born Upon the 4th of July, Jerry Maguire, and Magnolia.

Top Weapon started Cruise’s climb atop the Hollywood ladder as not just a premier star however an effective manufacturer also, with the very first Objective: Difficult movie marking Cruise’s very first venture into producing, leading to a billion-dollar franchise that continues to grow strong with every brand-new installation.


Kelly McGillis – Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood

Kelly McGillis starred in Top Weapon as Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, an astrophysicist and Top Weapon civilian trainer whose interest in Radical’s hotshot flying capabilities results in a love with the thrill-seeking pilot. It is with Charlie that Radical opens about the death of his daddy who was eliminated in action throughout the Vietnam War.

McGillis concerned Top Weapon hot off a BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated efficiency along with Harrison Ford in the well-known thriller Witness. While McGillis would later on star in well-known movies such as The Charged along with Jodie Foster, the Julliard qualified starlet would rather concentrate on the phase and was an included starlet at the prominent Shakespeare Theatre Business.

A go back to movie and television throughout the 2000s saw McGillis star in well-known scary movies such as Stake Land and Ti West’s The Innkeepers. Since composing, McGillis’ last on-screen look remained in the television series Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.

Val Kilmer – Tom “Ice Man” Kazansky

Val Kilmer made his mark in Hollywood with his function as Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the 1986 smash Top Weapon. The foe to Tom Cruise’s Radical, the cool under fire Iceman views Radical’s arrogant mindset as harmful and silly yet would end up being best pals with Radical when they battle along with one another versus a hostile opponent.

Among the most well-known actors of his generation, the Julliard qualified Kilmer initially burglarized Hollywood with top-notch comical efficiencies in Top Secret!, and Genuine Genius. With Top Weapon verifying Kilmer’s action man bona fides he would star in the 1988 George Lucas produced dream experience Willow, prior to developing himself as a sought-after leading man throughout the 1990s with significant efficiencies such as Jim Morrison in The Doors, gunslinger Doc Vacation in Tombstone, and Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Forever.

Transitioning to a respected character star throughout the 2000s, Kilmer would face his most difficult obstacle when identified with throat cancer which almost rendered him voiceless. In 2021 Kilmer’s voice was recreated through AI innovation, the launching of which on the cinema included his reprisal as Iceman in Top Weapon: Radical.

Anthony Edwards – Nick “Goose” Bradshaw

Radical’s Radar Intercept Officer and best good friend, Nick ‘Goose’ Bradshaw showed to be the constant hand to Radical’s saucy blowing both in and out of the cockpit, just for Radical’s as soon as unshakeable self-confidence to dim after Goose passed away throughout a dogfight.

Anthony Edwards currently had actually a struck under his belt with the 1984 funny Vengeance of the Geeks, yet it was his function as Goose in Top Weapon that is possibly his most identifiable, with the line “talk to me Goose” among the most duplicated from the movie. While Edwards accumulated a strong filmography on the cinema with the 1988 cult traditional Wonder Mile and a remarkable supporting function in David Fincher’s 2007 serial killer opus Zodiac, it remained in television where Edwards would shine with his several acclaimed efficiencies as Doctor Mark Greene in the medical drama ER.

It remains in television where Edwards would continue to primarily work lately, with repeating functions in Netflix hits Designated Survivor and Developing Anna, and Apple television+ miniseries WeCrashed. Edwards’ next big television gig will remain in the upcoming The Strolling Dead spin-off anthology series Tales of the Strolling Dead.

Tom Skerritt – Mike “Viper” Metcalf

The commander and trainer of Top Weapon, Mike ‘Viper’ Metcalf takes a shine to Radical due to his having actually served with Radical’s daddy in the Vietnam War. Viper sees prospective in Radical and attempts to break through the young Navy pilot’s insecurities and ego, so he can be the best he can be.

Tom Skerritt has actually long been a component on screens big and little with over 200 credits to his name. Prior to his function as Viper in Top Weapon, Skerritt was understood for his functions in the 1971 war funny MASH, the sci-fi scary Alien, and the scary thriller The Dead Zone. While Skerrit was as respected as ever on the big screen post Top Weapon, his most popular and well-known function to date was Constable Jimmy Brook in the television series Picket Fences, for which he won an Emmy.

Skerritt continues to operate at a respected rate, with a current turn in the independent drama East of the Mountains getting high recognition.

Michael Ironside – Rick “Jester” Heatherly

A hard-nosed Top Weapon trainer, Rick “Jester” Heatherly views Radical as a talented pilot, however likewise a “wildcard” who cannot be relied on.

Playing the function of Jester is Canadian star Michael Ironside, among the fantastic category actors who initially concerned prominence as a bloodthirsty telepath in David Cronenberg’s Scanners. A string of atrocious and tough-guy efficiencies would follow in both movie and television, highlights consisting of Walter Hill’s underrated 1987 action thriller Extreme Bias, and David Cronenberg’s cherished sci-fi action movies Overall Remember (1990) and Starship Troopers (1997).

Ironside is still as respected as ever in both movie and television, with current credits consisting of the TNT series The Alienist, the well-known action funny No One, and the Hulu miniseries The Dropout. Ironside has actually likewise created a profession as a voice artist, significantly as the voice of Tom Clancy’s character Sam Fisher in the Splinter Cell video games.

Rick Rossovich – Ron “Slider” Kerner

Iceman’s Radar Intercept Officer and partner in criminal offense, Ron “Slider” Kerner is typically a thorn in the side of Radical and Goose, as the fight for who remains in Top Weapon increases in stakes, even throughout a game of beach volley ball.

Playing the function of Slider is Rick Rossovich, who was formerly called the man who attempted to handle Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator and fulfilled his doom. After Top Weapon, Rossovich landed a big part in Roxanne, the Steve Martin-led adjustment of Cyrano de Bergerac. He would then go on to star in Navy SEALs along with Charlie Shine and his Terminator co-star Michael Biehn.

Where the 1990s saw Rossovich branch off into television with repeating functions in the hit medical drama ER and the “Baywatch on bikes” television series Pacific Blue, the 2000s and beyond shown to be extremely peaceful for the as soon as respected Rossovich, with the last job of note the 2012 independent movie Sandbar.