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Taps -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1981 (USA) See more »
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School's out See more »
Plot:
Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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(49 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George C. Scott ... General Harlan Bache

Timothy Hutton ... Cadet Major Brian Moreland

Ronny Cox ... Colonel Kerby

Sean Penn ... Cadet Captain Alex Dwyer

Tom Cruise ... Cadet Captain David Shawn
Brendan Ward ... Charlie Auden

Evan Handler ... Edward West
John P. Navin Jr. ... Derek Mellott

Billy Van Zandt ... Bug

Giancarlo Esposito ... Cadet Captain J.C. Pierce

Donald Kimmel ... Billy Harris
Tim Wahrer ... Cadet Major John Cooper
Tim Riley ... Hulk
Jeff Rochlin ... Shovel
Rusty Jacobs ... Rusty
Wayne Tippit ... Master Sergeant Kevin Moreland
Jess Osuna ... Dean Ferris

Earl Hindman ... Lieutenant Hanson

James Handy ... Sheriff
Steven Ryan ... Marshal
Jay Gregory ... Interviewer
Karen Braga ... Woman Announcer
Ralph Drischell ... Stewart
Jane Cecil ... Secretary
Thomas Medearis ... Male Clerk
Amelia Romano ... Mrs. Malloy
Sheila Marra ... Lori Cable
Gary McCleery ... Townie
Michael Longfield ... Deputy / Townie (as L. Michael Craig)

Arnie Mazer ... Townie
Chris Hagan ... Townie
John Taylor ... Cadet
Lou Milione ... Cadet
Eugene Krumenacker ... Cadet
John McBrearty ... Cadet
David McGinley ... Cadet
Frank Chambers ... Cadet
John Faucher ... Cadet
John Newmuis ... Cadet
Declan Weir ... Cadet
Paul Lyons ... Cadet
Ryan Helm ... Cadet
Tom Hutchinson ... Cadet
Tom Klunis ... Parent
Elizabeth Perry ... Parent
Brenda Currin ... Parent
Jeanne Fisher ... Parent
Robena Rogers ... Parent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
M. James Arnett ... Parent
John Rittenhouse ... Townie

Phil Idrissi ... Cadet in Parade (uncredited)

Matthew Kenna ... Townie (uncredited)
Tom Leonard ... Tank Driver (uncredited)
David Reed ... Townie (uncredited)
John Sparano ... Cadet (uncredited)

Directed by
Harold Becker 
 
Writing credits
Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay) and
Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay)

James Lineberger (adaptation)

Devery Freeman (novel "Father Sky")

Produced by
Howard B. Jaffe .... producer
Stanley R. Jaffe .... producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman 
 
Film Editing by
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
 
Art Direction by
Stan Jolley 
Alfred Sweeney 
 
Set Decoration by
Carl Biddiscombe  (as Carl Biddescombe)
 
Makeup Department
Frank Bianco .... hair stylist
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
 
Production Management
Norman A. Cook .... production manager (as Norman Cook)
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... production manager (as Phillip Goldfarb)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
M. James Arnett .... second unit director (as Jim Arnett)
William M. Elvin .... second assistant director (as Bill Elvin)
Nikita Knatz .... second unit director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... assistant director (as Tom Mack)
Charles Myers .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master
Leon Harris .... production illustrator
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator: second unit
Duane R. Marion .... lead man
Wayne Smith .... stand-by painter
Ken Walker .... assistant property master (as Kenny Walker)
Mickey Woods .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Ralph Babcock .... boom operator
Bruce Bell .... sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
James Fritch .... sound editor (as Jim Fritch)
Bert Hallberg .... sound mixer (as Bertil Hallberg)
Arthur Jackson .... utility sound technician (as Arthur J. Jackson)
James J. Klinger .... sound editor (as Jim Klinger)
Marvin I. Kosberg .... sound editor (as Marvin Kosberg)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Nicolo .... sound recordist
Anthony Palk .... sound editor (as Tony Palk)
Gary Shepherd .... sound editor
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Howard Wollman)
 
Special Effects by
James Camomile .... special effects
Fred Cramer .... special effects
Dennis Dion .... special effects
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects
Andrew 'Sandy' Overholtzer .... special effects (as Andrew Overhaltzer)
Paul Stewart .... special effects (as Paul H. Stewart)
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Arnett)
M. James Arnett .... stunts (as Jim Arnett)
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Anthony Redd .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Reid Rondell .... stunts
John Sherrod .... stunts
Brett Smrz .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank Sparks)
Gary Robert .... stunts (uncredited)
Reid Rondell .... stunt double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Ted Churchill .... panaglide operator
James Glennon .... camera operator
Craig Haagensen .... first assistant camera (as Craig Hagenson)
Rob Hahn .... first assistant camera
Gary Holt .... gaffer
David Jarrell .... best boy electric
Larry Orlick .... first assistant camera: second unit
Scott Rathner .... second assistant camera
Bob Rose .... key grip (as Bobby Rose)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (as John 'Tim' Ryan)
George Silano .... camera operator
William H. Steiner .... camera operator: second unit
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Zoltan Vidor .... director of photography: second unit (as Zoli Vidor)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... extras casting
Darilyn Stringer .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barry Kellogg .... costumer
Michael J. Long .... costumer
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jim Faris .... additional editor (as James Faris)
Dennis E. Lew .... first assistant editor
Michael Luciano .... additional editor
Saul Saladow .... assistant editor (as Saul R. Saladow)
Eric A. Sears .... assistant editor
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor (as Flo Williamson)
 
Music Department
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor
Garry Ulmer .... scoring mixer
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Aram Betkijian .... transportation captain
Paul Sullivan .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Marion Billings .... publicist
William Chapman .... production coordinator (as Bill Chapman)
Sara Colleton .... assistant: Mr. Becker
Joel L. Fink .... cadet coordinator
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (as Harold S. Hauss)
Andrea Jaffe .... publicist
Robert A. Jaffe .... location coordinator
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Joanne Knapp .... production secretary
Harry Litwack .... teaching coordinator
Michelle Marchetti .... production secretary
Michel Mention .... assistant: Mr. Jarre
Craig Nannos .... technical advisor: military (as J. Craig Nannos)
Kathy Rowe .... assistant: Mr. Jaffe
Art Smith Jr. .... technical advisor
Joyce Webb .... script supervisor: second unit
Paul McKenna .... technical advisor: military (uncredited)
Paul McKenna .... technical advisor: military (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
 

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The film was originally going to be filmed at Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania. However, after learning that the school's gymnasium would be destroyed during filming, the president of the school rejected the offer, despite the fact that a new and better gymnasium would be built in its place, at the expense of the film's budget.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Major Mooreland is arguing with his father, he yells "Capt. Shaun! Escort my escort...!" (The line was intended to be "Capt. Shaun! Escort my father...!")See more »
Quotes:
Brian Moreland:Don't let friendship keep you here.
Alex Dwyer:Don't worry.
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
War games, 13 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Taps" presents a twist in the way students in a military academy of certain reputation perceive how honor is, above all, the thing to live for, even over all other qualities a man could possess. The teachings of this military institution, molding young men 12 to 18 years old, have a profound effect, especially in the intense Brian Moreland, who is a clear favorite of the academy director, General Bache.

Harold Becker directed "Taps", which is based on a novel by Devery Freeman. The action of the film takes place in the fictional Bunker Hill Military Academy, that has just been sold to private investors who want transform the site into condominiums.

With a history of having molded young minds during its distinguished history, Gen. Bache is horrified by the mere thought of losing the academy and the young people he has helped to involve in the rich life of the military. After a tragic incident that involves the killing of a townie, Bache suffers a heart attack, leaving the academy in the hands of people that are seen trying to undermine the fallen leader.

Brian Moreland, the serious minded young man, takes it into his own hands to take care of what he thinks would be Gen. Bache's reaction in saving the school by getting the rest of the students left at the academy to hold it hostage and not give in to the upcoming changes, or to other people who don't have the same purpose in mind.

Timothy Hutton is about the best thing going for the film. This young actor brought the right amount of seriousness, courage and valor to the role. This film is basically the big screen debut for Sean Penn and Tom Cruise, who went to build spectacular careers of their own. George C. Scott, another excellent actor is seen as Gen. Bache, but unfortunately, he doesn't have much to do and only appears in the opening sequences. Other familiar faces in the cast, Billy Van Zandt, Giancarlo Esposito.

"Taps" is a film that shows how some young minds will act when they follow to the letter things they have learned in theory in the classroom. It also recognizes how honor could get a well meaning person to do things that he will regret later on and how it can cause harm to innocent young men that go along with these new leaders.

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