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Director:
Writers:
Devery Freeman (novel)
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:
Improbable but entertaining...early Hutton, Penn and Cruise... See more (51 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)
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Directed by
Harold Becker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Devery Freeman  novel "Father Sky"
Robert Mark Kamen  screenplay
James Lineberger  adaptation
Darryl Ponicsan  screenplay

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:
Over two thousand young actors were interviewed to play military cadets in the movie. The film featured 650 real life cadets from the Valley Valley Forge Military Academy and College, most of them appearing in military parade sequences.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At morning formation, reveille was the bugle call proper for that formation. However, the long tradition of respect for when the flag is raised, the proper bugle call is "To the Colors."See more »
Quotes:
Brian Moreland:Don't let friendship keep you here.
Alex Dwyer:Don't worry.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Improbable but entertaining...early Hutton, Penn and Cruise..., 11 November 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Hold the fort seems to be the slogan of these military cadets when they decide to rally behind TIMOTHY HUTTON who wants an armed defense of the school from authorities who want to shut it down after an accidental shooting by the presiding General Bache (GEORGE C. SCOTT). Aiding and abetting are TOM CRUISE and, in his film debut, SEAN PENN.

The tale seems highly improbable but is played so earnestly, is scripted so well, and directed so competently that it manages to hold the attention until the more or less predictable outcome.

The cadets are all extremely well played, from the very young boys to those who appear to be in their early twenties. When the authorities are unable to take back the school, the parents appeal to the children through loud speakers. "Sometimes being accepted by your friends, isn't worth the price," says one mother.

Unfortunately, the stalemate phase of the movie lasts much too long to sustain interest. But it's interesting now to watch the very young Hutton, Penn and Cruise show why they became superstars. I agree with Maltin who says it "plays its cards too soon, leaving a lot of dead weight before the outcome."

Summing up: Improbable story, but entertaining in a curious way.

Memorable line from Hutton's father resonates today: "They think you're home grown terrorists."

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