Here's What Happened to the Account That Was Posting Every Frame of "Top Gun" to Twitter

Here's What Happened to the Account That Was Posting Every Frame of "Top Gun" to Twitter

Tom Cruise's 1986 blockbuster Top Gun is still beloved by many, and showcases the action star at the peak of his form. But it takes a special breed of film lover (or prankster) to painstakingly capture every single frame of the film — and post it on Twitter.

The rogue Twitter account @555uhz has posted over 1,500 of stills from the film, and would presumably have uploaded it in its entirety, frame-by-frame, until Paramount stepped in. The studio filed a DMNA notice, and the account was officially suspended on Tuesday.

"No one is authorized to copy, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use Top Gun without the express written permission of Paramount," wrote Paramount in its notice.

By the time the account was suspended, it had 1,542 tweets and 6,925 followers.

Although we can only guess at the anonymous poster's motivations, his or her dedication to the cause is certainly something to behold. The Twitter rampage started on Jan. 23 as the account began posting the title cards of the movie without any kind of preamble. Since then, it has steadily uploaded two to three stills per hour.

Many of the photos had already been removed by Twitter before the account was suspended:

The final shot that the account managed to post was from a bar scene with Maverick (Cruise) and Goose (Anthony Edwards), who are chatting up Maverick's new love interest Charlie (Kelly McGillis). Charlie tosses the now-iconic line from the movie: "Your friend was magnificent."

Enjoy the frame below of the men reacting to Charlie's kiss-off:

So long, @555uhz. We hardly knew you.

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Eileen Shim

Eileen is a writer living in New York. She studied comparative literature and international studies at Yale University, and enjoys writing about the intersection of culture and politics.

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