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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:
25 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:
The Second Siege of Bunker Hill 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:
According to producer Stanley R. Joffe: In a strange sense, "Taps" is like "Jaws," only rather than having a shark going crazy in a seaside resort, we have a trusted institution - something that has been part of the community for a long time - suddenly running amok.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the commencement parade one of the cadets in Company C is wearing sunglasses. This would not be allowed.See more »
Quotes:
David Shawn:[about firing his assault rifle at the townies and cops, to facilitate their escape] I saw my duty, and I did it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Onward Christian SoldiersSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Second Siege of Bunker Hill, 19 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Taps is about the cadets of Bunker Hill Military Academy and their commanding officer, George C. Scott, and their reaction to the news of the closing of the Academy.

Scott announces at the graduation that the next year will be the final year of Bunker Hill. The Board of Trustees is selling off the place for its prime real estate value to be used for condominium development. Certainly an occurrence we've seen all over the country in many places and not something really desirable in many.

Cadet Major Timothy Hutton knows he will head the last graduating class at Bunker Hill. He and fellow cadets like Sean Penn and Tom Cruise aren't taking it lying down. They may be military cadets, but they've seen and grown up with student protests. Only these students have weapons and are trained in their use.

Can you really blame the cadets like Hutton who've actually in fact forgotten that soldiers carry out and don't make policy? I think it was significant that during the course of Taps it's mentioned that George C. Scott served with General Douglas MacArthur who gave him a sword for his service. It's also mentioned that Scott was passed over for promotion an advancement beyond being a brigadier general and was retired comfortably out to pasture at the Academy.

Scott's not the same kind of military man you see in Patton. Rather he's a lot like the Patton you see in that television film, Patton, the Last Days. A man so totally out of his element that when the accident and broken neck occurred he'd lost his will to live.

Anyway after a scuffle with some of the town louts who are less than enamored of Bunker Hill's military tradition. A town kid is accidentally killed when he tries to get Scott's military issue pistol and it discharges. In a court of law, the man would have been acquitted, but Scott answers to a higher law he lives by.

That scuffle threatens to close the school even for the last year and the kids seize it. It's a confrontation then between idealistic and wrongheaded youth and the real forces of law enforcement.

Ronny Cox contributes a very nice performance as the commanding general of the National Guard trying to keep a lid on the situation. His scenes with the idealistic and obstinate Hutton are the highlight of the film for me.

Tom Cruise and Sean Penn got their first real notice in this film right at the start of their respective mega-careers. Hutton has a nice followup to his Oscar winning performance from Ordinary People. And George C. Scott is, George C. Scott.

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