Top Gun fans have been waiting a staggering 36 years for a sequel to the blockbuster action movie, but it is finally almost time to take back to the skies.
The wait for Top Gun: Maverick was made even longer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as its original June 2020 release date was moved to Christmas 2020.
It was then moved again to July 2021, before finally setting on May 25, 2022 (in the UK) – so it is fair to say it’s been a long time coming.
Moviegoers are keen to get reacquainted with Tom Cruise’s hotshot pilot – Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell – as he heads back to Top Gun academy to train a new generation of fighter pilots.
But it may have been some time since you last saw Tony Scott’s 80’s classic – so just where can you watch the original Top Gun film ahead of the long-awaited sequel’s release?
Can you watch Top Gun (1986) online?
Top Gun is available on Amazon Prime Video – but it is not one of the 20,000+ free movies and TV shows for Prime members.
To rent the action movie for two days will set you back £3.49 – or £5.99 if you to keep it.
The film is also available on the streaming service Chili, where you can rent it for £2.49 or buy and keep the movie in 4K for £5.99 – the same price as Amazon.
The film is available to stream for those that have a Sky Cinema, Virgin Go or Now Cinema subscription.
If you’re a Sky customer but don’t have Sky Cinema on your package, you can get the same deal as Amazon – £3.49 rental for 30 days or £5.99 to buy the film and keep it. As an optional extra, you can also buy the digital copy and the DVD for £10.99.
The classic is not currently on Netflix in the UK but is available in the US, so if you feel the ‘need for speed’ to watch it before the sequel is released then best get on the next flight to JFK.
Where can you watch Top Gun: Maverick when it releases?
Maverick sees Cruise star alongside Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm, as Mitchell ‘[trains] a detachment of graduates for a special assignment’ and embarking on a ‘mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who choose to fly it’.
The blockbuster is being given a wide release at the end of May, meaning it will feature in just about every mainstream and independent cinema you can imagine.
In the UK, you will be able to watch it at your local Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and other cinema chains and venues.
It has been widely reported that the Hollywood action star blocked the production team from making deals to get Top Gun: Maverick on streaming platforms straight away.
Asked about why, the actor said he only ‘makes films for the big screen’.
Make sure to check your local cinema listings to see when you book your tickets and head back on the highway to the danger zone.
Top Gun: Maverick hits UK cinemas on May 25