Tarantino Calls Top Gun ‘Best.Cinematic.Spectacle.’
We all have our lists of movies that we consider to be the best ever made. Quentin Tarantino is no different. But 13 years after the release of his first film, Reservoir Dogs, he still remains humble about his place in the history of cinema.
“There’s more s*** out there than good movies,” Tarantino told an audience at the Aspen Comedy Festival last month (via THR). “And I’m talking about bad movies and good movies.”
He took the opportunity to share his picks for some of the best cinematic spectacles ever made. But it wasn’t just a list of titles: Tarantino also gave context to why each one was so special to him over the course of four decades spent watching films.
QUENTIN TARANTINO SAYS TOP GUN IS “BEST.CINEMATIC.SPECTACLE”
The filmmaker is a huge fan of the film, and he’s not afraid to admit it. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Tarantino said that Top Gun is “the best cinematic spectacle ever created.”
He continued: “It’s the best movie ever made… It’s got everything you want in a movie: action, drama, comedy… And it’s about fighter pilots! How much better does it get than that?”
Tarantino went on to say that The Godfather was a close second for him when asked which movies were his favorites. Even so, Tarantino believes Top Gun has beaten out The Godfather by becoming an even bigger spectacle than it already was—and that its skillful use of music helped make this possible.
FILMMAKER QUIZZES AUDIENCE ON VARIOUS MOVIES’ BUDGETS
Tarantino quizzed the audience on the budgets of various films, but revealed their actual figures before they could guess.
He asked one audience member to estimate how much it cost to make ‘Top Gun.’ They guessed $200 million. The actual figure? $35 million back in 1986.
Tarantino also revealed that ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ cost only $1.7 million and that ‘The Big Lebowski’ cost only $15 million to make in 1998 (that’s equivalent to about $25 million today).
“IT’S A VERY BIG MOVIE,” HE SAYS OF TONY SCOTT’S TOM CRUISE STARRER
“I’m not sure if you know this, but Top Gun is the most expensive movie ever made. Its budget was $15 million. It was a big deal at the time, because it cost more than Thelma & Louise [$7 million], which was only a few years before that. And The Last Temptation of Christ [$22 million], which came out in 1988. True Romance was also filmed then—it cost $10 million to make and sometimes people forget about those films too! We remember them so well these days because they were all so good, but back then they were just ordinary movies with ordinary budgets compared to today. “
He also dropped some knowledge about the budgets of other films.
Tarantino also talked about the budget of other films, including Thelma & Louise (a paltry $10 million), Top Gun ($15 million), Scarface ($28 million) and The Terminator ($6.4 million).
The director also shared a story about how he made his own Top Gun action figures as a kid.
It’s no secret that Quentin Tarantino loves movies. He even has a film festival named after him, which is all about celebrating cinema and the art of filmmaking. So it should come as no surprise that in a recent interview with Screen Daily, he highlighted his favorite cinematic spectacle: Tony Scott’s Top Gun.