No one has ever done more to romanticise national service than Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues and Tom Cruise in Top Gun. People of a certain mature generation will surely remember Elvis singing Wooden Heart, Pocketful Of Rainbows and Blue Suede Shoes. A khaki uniform never looked so good.
Although Cruise didn't have to sing, thankfully, his piercing eyes and arrogant smile were enough to cause a few hearts to flutter. I can imagine young men lining up to enrol in the Navy's fighter weapons school after watching this film, hoping to look as good in the aviator flight suits and Ray-Bans, and also hoping their instructor would look even remotely like Kelly McGillis.
Life isn't really like that.
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