Show Business: Most of '86

THE LOUDEST BANG The detonation of Top Gun, which mixed the talents of Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis to become the year's highest-grossing movie (about $170 million).

THE MOST WELCOME STRANGER Australia's "Crocodile" Dundee, which grossed over $100 million, the biggest earnings for a foreign film shown in the U.S.

THE DEADEST DUCK George Lucas' $40 million Howard the Duck as it sank into box-office oblivion, proving that even the empire can strike out.

THE SHARPEST KNIFE The one belonging to Kitty Kelley, whose biography, His Way, punctured the image, and perhaps the ego, of Frank Sinatra.

THE MOST PAINFUL SCREECH...

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