Taps

Taps

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Director: Harold Becker

Cast: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox

     
 

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When an exclusive military school is threatened with demolition by a rapacious real-estate company, the students, headed by Brian Moreland (Timothy Hutton), take drastic action. Utilizing every bit of military know-how at their disposal, the boys take over the school, arm themselves to the teeth, and prepare to do battle against the "invading" developers. General

Overview

When an exclusive military school is threatened with demolition by a rapacious real-estate company, the students, headed by Brian Moreland (Timothy Hutton), take drastic action. Utilizing every bit of military know-how at their disposal, the boys take over the school, arm themselves to the teeth, and prepare to do battle against the "invading" developers. General Bache George C. Scott, the head of the academy, tries to quell the rebellion, but soon he too is swept up by the students' to-the-death determination when the Army is called in to rout the boys. Based on Devery Freeman's novel Father Sky, Taps features early appearances by Sean Penn (in his movie debut) and Tom Cruise as two of the cadets.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Probably more notable for its sterling young cast than its contribution to the language of cinema, Taps's study of the code of honor that joins the young cadets is mildly engaging, but burdened by a predictable climax. In a reversal of subsequent career moves, Sean Penn's feature film debut as the group's conscience is impressively intense, while a very young Tom Cruise also makes a strong impression as the corp's psychopath. However, the film belongs to the sensitive and angst-ridden Timothy Hutton and the reliably grizzled George C. Scott, and neither disappoints. If only Robert Mark Kamen's script had tried to rise above the obvious and Harold Becker's (The Onion Field, Sea of Love) direction had been more energetic (the film suffers from staginess), Taps may have been a more consistently entertaining effort. Still, the film's moral conflict between the land-grabbing, profit-motive villagers and the honor-bound Bunker Hill Military Academy cadets is interesting, if somewhat dubious -- the students' views on honor and valor seem muddled and unclear.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2011
UPC:
0024543703273
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
10,569

Special Features

Commentary by director Harold Becker; Sounding the call to arms: Mobilizing the Taps generation featurette; The Bugler's Cry: the origins of playing Taps featurette; Trailers and TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Gen. Harlan Bache
Timothy Hutton Brian Moreland
Ronny Cox Col. Kerby
Sean Penn Alex Dwyer
Tom Cruise David Shawn
Brendan Ward Charlie Auden
Evan Handler Edward West
John P. Navin Derek Mellott
Billy Van Zandt Bug
Donald Kimmell Billy Harris
Arnold Mazer Actor
Shirley Rich Actor
Tim Riley Hulk
Amelia Romano Mrs. Malloy
Lou Milione Actor
M. James Arnett Father
Giancarlo Esposito J.C. Pierce
Tim Wahrer John Cooper
Jeff Rochlin Shovel
Rusty Jacobs Rusty
Earl Hindman Lieutenant Hanson
James Handy Sheriff
Jane Cecil Secretary
Gary McCleery Townie
John Taylor Cadet
John McBrearty Cadet
Tom Klunis Parent
Elizabeth Perry Parent
Brenda Currin Parent
Jess Osuna Dean Ferris
Wayne Tippet Sgt. Kevin Moreland

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
M. James Arnett Stunts
Phillip Goldfarb Production Designer
Gordon Greisman Screenwriter
Howard B. Jaffe Producer
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Stan Jolley Art Director
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Tom Mack Asst. Director
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Alfred Sweeney Art Director
Maury Winetrobe Editor

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Taps 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twenty years had passed before I was able to see the movie again in DVD and I was surprised to discover how great actors Tim Hutton, Sean Penn, and Tom Cruise were even in their teens. Tim was the ideal cadet major - calm, decisive, and commanding respect. Sean was the envious best friend of Tim, and Tom was a grenade without the safety pin. The movie may have dragged a bit in the middle, but its a collectors item for those who believe in the talents of Tom Cruise, Tim Hutton, and Sean Penn. It's unbelievable how great actors they were in their teens. I wish I could say the same thing about the acting of Brad Pitt and Colin Farrel.
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