Saturday, August 17, 2013

What famous 1980s movie was filmed nearby the Oceanside Pier?

Maverick: I feel the need...
Maverick, Goose: ...the need for speed!

Charlie: Excuse me, Lieutenant. Is there something wrong?
Maverick: Yes ma'am, the data on the MiG is inaccurate.
Charlie: How's that, Lieutenant?
Maverick: Well, I just happened to see a MiG 28 do a...
Goose: We!
Maverick: Uh, sorry, Goose. *We* happened to see a MiG 28 do a 4g negative dive.
Charlie: Where did you see this?
Maverick: Uh, that's classified.
Charlie: It's what?
Maverick: It's classified. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

If you haven’t guessed it already those quotes are from the 1986 classic film “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, Anthony Edwards as Lieutenant (junior grade) Nick "Goose" Bradshaw and Kelly McGillis as Charlotte "Charlie" Blackwood. Top Gun was filmed mainly around San Diego and established Tom Cruise as a Hollywood superstar.

“Charlie’s House” or the “Top Gun House” is located at 102 Pacific Street in Oceanside, California, just walking distance from where I photographed this pier. The house sits on a prime location with a million dollar oceanfront view.

In the movie Maverick (Tom Cruise) rides up from a hill in his motorcycle to the front of Charlie’s (Kelly McGillis) house for a dinner date.

Here’s a link of that scene from Top Gun of the seaside house with a golden sunset and palm trees in the background.


Measuring a distance of 1,954 feet, The Oceanside Pier is the longest overwater pier in Southern California. The pier is a popular fishing spot for locals and located at the end of it is a 50’s style diner called Ruby’s Diner.

Technical notes:

Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera
Canon EF 17-40mm f4L lens
Manfrotto Tripod
Maniac Photographer

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