The movie High Gun is a 1986 motion drama directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Tom Skerritt, and plenty of others. It grossed over $350 million domestically, was extremely praised for its modern aerial pictures and stunts, and even gained an Oscar for Finest Music for Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away.”
On Sunday, July 21, Reelz Channel is airing a brand new particular referred to as High Gun: Behind Closed Doorways, which guarantees to take “an inside look on the American basic that was virtually by no means made. Not solely did it face a mountain of challenges however suffered the tragic dying of famed stunt pilot Artwork Scholl throughout manufacturing. Initially dismissed by quite a few critics, High Gun made its means into American tradition and have become some of the worthwhile movies within the historical past of Paramount Footage.”
Right here’s a peek into what the forged regarded like then and now, plus what they’ve been as much as because the blockbuster first soared into theaters practically 35 years in the past.
Tom Cruise, Maverick
High Gun firmly cemented Cruise as a star. He would go on to turn into one of many highest-paid actors in Hollywood and have two extremely publicized marriages to actresses Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, each of which have since ended. Most lately, Cruise has turn into identified for his death-defying stunts within the Mission: Unattainable movie franchise.
Anthony Edwards, Goose
Edwards performed Maverick’s wisecracking RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) till his tragic dying throughout a coaching train. This lovable actor would go on to star on ER for practically 200 episodes. He has most lately been seen on the Kiefer Sutherland present Designated Survivor.
Val Kilmer, Iceman
This ’80s heartthrob had a string of what grew to become cult classics alongside High Gun in High Secret, Actual Genius, and Willow. He additionally obtained vital approval for his portrayal of the late Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s The Doorways, for which Kilmer did a lot of the singing. His flip as Doc Holliday in Tombstone is a must-see, and he even took a flip as Batman — reverse Cruise’s then-wife Kidman, no much less. Most lately, he’s been receiving reward for his one-man present about Mark Twain that Kilmer stars in, wrote and directed.
Kelly McGillis, Charlie
A 12 months earlier than High Gun, McGillis earned a lot vital reward for her function of an Amish girl in Witness reverse Harrison Ford. She obtained related reward for her flip as legal professional Kathryn Murphy in The Accused. However within the 1990s and 2000s, McGillis has largely stayed out of the limelight, showing right here and there in guest-starring TV roles or doing voiceover work.
Tom Skerritt, Viper
This elder statesman of the group starred for 4 years on Picket Fences and later Brothers and Sisters. In 2020, he’ll seem reverse Mira Sorvino within the movie East of the Mountains.
Michael Ironside, Jester
This baritone-voiced actor went on to do quite a lot of voiceover work however was additionally the second High Gun star to seem on ER. He was a recurring character from 1995 to 2002 on the NBC medical drama. Most lately, Ironside performed famed banker J.P. Morgan on the TNT crime drama The Alienist.
Rick Rossovich, Slider
The third actor to recur on ER, Rossovich performed Carol Hathaway’s (Julianna Margulies) fiancee who by no means stood in opposition to George Clooney’s Doug Ross. Rossovich went on to star on the TV collection Pacific Blue however has largely been out of the highlight since then.
Meg Ryan, Carole
This darling of the Tom Hanks rom-com oeuvre truly grew to become concerned together with her on-screen husband after High Gun wrapped. That’s proper, Ryan and Edwards have been collectively for some time in 1985-1986. She advised Individuals in a 1986 interview that after he referred to as her in September 1985, “It’s simply been one massive date ever since.”
Whip Hubley, Hollywood
With a name signal like “Hollywood,” this regarded was positively giving the opposite pilots a run for his or her cash within the appears to be like division. However after High Gun, Hubley starred in a few short-lived TV collection and flicks.
Barry Tubb, Wolfman
This Texan was a champion bullrider earlier than High Gun and afterward went on to star on Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove, Friday Evening Lights and Revolution.
John Stockwell, Cougar
The pilot whose breakdown launches the complete plot of the film, Stockwell went on to seem in small roles in TV films and reveals. He was most lately on the Showtime miniseries Escape from Dannemora.
Tim Robbins, Merlin
Positively the largest identify from the film to have the smallest function, Robbins grew to become an A-list film star, incomes Oscar nominations for Useless Man Strolling and Mystic River, the latter of which he gained. He additionally obtained vital approval for his portrayal of inmate Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption.
James Tolkan, Stinger
Followers of ’80s and ’90s films maintain a really particular place of their coronary heart for Tolkan as a result of along with the enjoyable flip as Stinger in High Gun, he performed Principal Strickland within the Again the Future trilogy, Det. Lubic in Masters of the Universe, Sal in Alternative Knocks, Numbers in Dick Tracy, and Mr. Thorn in Downside Baby 2. However Tolkan has been pretty quiet since showing on A Nero Wolfe Thriller collection within the early 2000s.
Clarence Gilyard Jr, Sunset
Gilyard Jr was the memorable recipient of Cruise’s line “I’ll hearth when I’m godd*mn good and prepared,” however his largest function of the 1980s is undoubtedly that of hacker Theo within the 1988 motion blockbuster Die Exhausting. After these two smash hits, the actor would go on to star on Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger for practically 300 episodes whole.
The upcoming sequel to High Gun, titled High Gun: Maverick, starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, and Val Kilmer, hits theaters December 23, 2020.
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