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Even after 27 years, fans still love 'Top Gun'

2:53 PM, Feb. 18, 2013
Tom Cruise in
Tom Cruise in "Top Gun."
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Jerry Bruckheimer insists that it took angelic intervention to get Tom Cruise to sign onto the 1986 film "Top Gun" -- a Blue Angels intervention.

Cruise just wouldn't commit to the role of pilot Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell until the producer secured him an outing with the U.S. Navy's celebrated Blue Angels flight demonstration team. Their jets apparently gave Cruise the need for speed.

"He had the time of his life in that ride. It excited the heck out of him," Bruckheimer said. "Right after, he went to a pay phone -- they didn't have mobile phones then -- and he called me up to say 'I'm in.' I can ...

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