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.
20th Century Fox
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Closed Caption; 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; TV spots
Disc #1 -- Taps 1. Main Titles [1:34] 2. Bunker Hill Academy [1:52] 3. The Cadets [3:15] 4. General Bache [2:37] 5. The New Cadet Major [4:15] 6. Honored by His Peers [1:31] 7. The End of an Era [2:41] 8. The Stroke of a Pen [1:13] 9. The Cadet Ball [6:21] 10. Death of a Civilian [4:53] 11. Closed Down [1:46] 12. The Six O'Clock News [1:13] 13. Taking a Stand [1:21] 14. Trouble in Town [3:55] 15. Behaving Like Soldiers [2:21] 16. Stalemate [1:49] 17. My Old Man [:29] 18. The Parents Delegation [3:09] 19. One Step Forward [2:28] 20. Men Under Pressure [3:31] 21. Night Watch [2:33] 22. Pleas From Mom and Dad [3:52] 23. Colonel Kerby [3:06] 24. Dismissed [4:03] 25. No Water [1:33] 26. Dissension in the Ranks [3:31] 27. The Big Guns [2:23] 28. An Accident [2:48] 29. Last Chance [2:15] 30. Taps [:53] 31. Casualties [2:57] 32. Kerby's Ultimatum [4:44] 33. Memories [2:04] 34. At Dawn [3:50] 35. A Fallen Soldier [2:41] 36. End Credits [:37]
Disc #1 -- Taps Play Language Selection Language and Audio: English 4.0 Surround Language and Audio: Spanish Mono Language and Audio: French Mono Commentary by Director Harold Becker Subtitles: English Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles: None Scene Selection Special Features Commentary by Director Harold Becker: On Commentary by Director Harold Becker: Off Sounding the Call to Arms: Mobilizing the Taps Generation The Bugler's Cry: The Origins of Playing "Taps" Trailers and TV Spots Teaser A Teaser B Work Print Trailer Trailer TV Spot A TV Spot B
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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