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Taps (1981)

 -  Drama  -  20 December 1981 (USA)
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Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

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An announcement that the venerable Bunker Hill Military Academy, a 141 year old institute, is to be torn down and replaced with condos sets off the young cadets led by their stodgy commander. Under the command of a student cadet major, the cadets seize the campus, refuse entry of the construction crews and ultimately confront the real military. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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The film's main promotional tagline, "This school is our home, we think it's worth defending" is based on a line of dialogue by Cadet Major Brian Moreland ('Timothy Hutton) which actually says, "We have a home here. We think it's something worth defending." See more »

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When the cadets are watching M*A*S*H in the lounge, the opening sequence is on the screen, but the music is the closing music. See more »

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Brian Moreland: Don't let friendship keep you here.
Alex Dwyer: Don't worry.
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Features Star Trek: Spock's Brain (1968) See more »

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Love is a Many Splendored Thing
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Music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Mixed feelings
17 November 2004 | by (Purdue University) – See all my reviews

Having graduated from a military academy and later joining army ROTC myself it was almost like I was living back at my high school again. Especially due to the fact that I was a company commander my senior year and had my best friends as platoon leaders and XO. I got a much different take on the movie than most of you. It is one that was much more prevalent in the military academy I to than ROTC. Rather than a view of "misguided youths" (I would argue the point that they were misguided) I saw the movie as fight between the old and the new. The old conservative ways versus the post Vietnam War era generation. Whether to preserve conservative tradition or to continue with social liberalism. In the movie the fight was about tearing down the academy to build condominiums. In real life where I was, it was about turning our military academy into a normal prep school. In my case the fight didn't get violent, however like the cadets in the movie I picked the losing side.

In the movie I was heart broken that the governor would send troops to the school rather than try and work out a peaceful compromise when he saw the measure that people were willing to go to in order to protect their school. In real life I was very disheartened to see the old cadre of retired military officers get sacked and replaced by "soft" civilian administrators. It all hit a climax when one of my life's role models, a retired USAF Major and our companies tactical officer, spoke out against some of the changes being made and got himself sacked. For me that was George C Scott, Penn and Cruise were my friends and platoon leaders in my company and the crisis between the old ways and the new ways were very much the same. The movie reached out to me possibly more than any other. It was seeing my teenage self all over again.


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