A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The exterior shots of the film were shot at Valley Forge, but the interiors (including General Basche's office) were shot on sets built in Vally Forge's massive polo field by Alfred Sweeney and Stan Jolley. See more »
When Ronnie Cox's character is shot by Capt. Shaun, he appears to be hit in the left side of his neck. Later he is holding is left shoulder. When he is phoning in for the copters to lay down the smoke, a soldier is shown applying a bandage to his right arm. By the very end, there is no sign of any gunshot injury or bandage. See more »
General Harlan Bache:
[Bache is talking with Moreland and the outgoing Cadet Major, on the occassion of Moreland's ascendancy to the same rank for the next class]
Honor. Burglar-proof, fool-proof, weather-proof, one hundred-proof.
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'Taps' is an uneven film, burdened somewhat by its ponderousness and pathological seriousness. But what a time capsule!
Of all of the young actors here, only Timothy Hutton was already a star, having become the youngest actor ever to win an Oscar for his role in Robert Redford's 'Ordinary People.' Ironically, among the suporting actors in 'Taps' are Tom Cruise and Sean Penn, one of whom has become the biggest box office draw of his generation and the other its most respected acting talent. Also featured are Evan Handler, best-known as Harry Goldenblatt (Charlotte's divorce lawyer and second husband) on TV's 'Sex and the City,' and Spike Lee favorite Giancarlo Esposito, whose credits include 'The Usual Suspects' and the much-underappreciated TV series 'Homicide: Life on the Streets.'
Even if you find 'Taps' a little overblown and pretentious, it's worth watching to see these accomplished actors back in their baby-faced teens.
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