Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
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
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The film's title on the film print is TAPS, but many promotional materials, such as movie posters and video/DVD covers for this 20th Century Fox film have it spelled T*A*P*S. As the title had only four letters, like the same Fox studio's popular army comedy television series, M*A*S*H (1972) (and its precursor movie MASH (1970) also spelled it M*A*S*H the same for press materials), a studio decision was made to connect with this, and spell the film with stars between the letters for promotional materials. An opening titles clip from M*A*S*H (1972) is actually featured in the movie when the TAPS military cadets are watching television in the recreation room. See more »
After Brian turns of the TV news broadcast about the shot civilian boy, the reflection of the camera and crew can be seen in the TV. See more »
"Taps" is a story of twisted priorities and conflicting ideals of what honor, valor, and a fighting man really means. This was (and still is) an unmatched screenplay that is ever so true today. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone planning a military career so that they can really evaluate their reasoning for joining the armed services. It should be especially mandatory for any ROTC cadet in college (I'm in such a program, so I speak from experience).
Everyone involved played excellent roles and made the viewer make it as if they were really caught up in such a situation in real life. It didn't seem to be an "acted" movie; it was just that good. I think that Ronny Cox also put some feeling into his role, but if it had to be made in the '90s, I'd pick Dale Dye (who played brief but great roles as a captain in both Platoon and Casualties of War).
Again, this movie should get more credit than it has because the movie's themes and issues still haunt us, even in this "new world order" we're supposedly in. Great work to all involved!
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