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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
Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 December 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Mixed feelings See more (52 total) »

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)
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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126 min
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Trivia:
A number of military campuses across the USA were scouted as locations for shooting the film before the Valley Forge Military Academy and College (aka the Military College of Pennsylvania) in Wayne, Pennsylvania was chosen. These included Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia; Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana; Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Brian tells Kerby that he'll surrender if General Bache orders him to, Kerby says that General Bache died at 6 o'clock yesterday. In a military case, he would have said that the General died yesterday at 1800 hours.See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Fame: Street Kid (#1.8)" (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
Light My FireSee more »

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64 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Mixed feelings, 17 November 2004
Author: Ben Pasley from Purdue University

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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