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Taps (1981)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 1981 (USA)
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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School's out See more »

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Die Kadetten von Bunker Hill  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,005, 13 December 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,856,053
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Trivia

The scene where Timothy Hutton and Ronny Cox's characters are discussing terms was shot with three to four cameras, one of them operated by Director of Photography Owen Roizman. Roizman made a bet with Harold Becker for 75 dollars that his close-up shots would make the final cut of the film. It was Roizman's tight close up shots that made the final cut of the film, and Roizman who is 75 dollars richer. See more »

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During the final battle when Shawn begins his shootout with the National Guard/SWAT the M-60 he uses is loaded with a single belt with about 50 rounds of ammunition on it. Yet he fires long burst for several minutes during the gunfight with no pause. The cyclic rate of the M-60 would have run through that much ammunition in a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Brian Moreland: Sir, how could they do this?
General Harlan Bache: With the stroke of a pen, sir. Their field of honor was a desktop.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Music by John Philip Sousa
March heard during the Commencement Ceremony
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A Time-Capsule Gem
9 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

'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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