Original Top Gun on Netflix: You’ll (probably) need a VPN

Top Gun: Maverick is finally releasing in theatres only this week but for those who want to watch the original either for the first time or as a refresher, we have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that the movie is available on Netflix, while the bad news is the tiny pool of countries that have access to it.

The Unofficial Netflix Online Global Search – or uNoGS – lists that only the United States of America and, of all places, Sweden can access Top Gun on Netflix.

We fired up a VPN to check and uNoGS is right but there is now yet another caveat to consider. Top Gun on the USA Netflix will be removed after 31st May 2022, while the Swedish version has no removal date.

That means that, even if you’re in America and want to watch one of the most American movies ever, you too will need to use a VPN once May is over.

Before you do that, however, we do want to advise that doing this will break Netflix’s terms of service, especially several subsections of section four titled “Netflix Service“. Using a VPN or otherwise going around the Netflix content libraries for your country are done entirely at your own risk.

As always this mess of strange availability and geolocking is almost certainly due to weird and confusing licencing laws and agreements. It’s best to just ignore them and get your content where you can, even if that means you need to fire up a VPN to do it.

As for Top Gun: Maverick it launches on 27th May in South Africa and should be available in most countries – again only in theatres – by then.

“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him,” reads the official description of the movie.

“When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: ‘Rooster,’ the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka ‘Goose.’ Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.”


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