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Taps (1981)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 1981 (USA)
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Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... General Harlan Bache
Timothy Hutton ... Brian Moreland
Ronny Cox ... Colonel Kerby
Sean Penn ... Alex Dwyer
Tom Cruise ... David Shawn
Brendan Ward Brendan Ward ... Charlie Auden
Evan Handler ... Edward West
John P. Navin Jr. ... Derek Mellott
Billy Van Zandt ... Bug
Giancarlo Esposito ... J.C. Pierce
Donald Kimmel ... Billy Harris
Tim Wahrer Tim Wahrer ... John Cooper
Tim Riley Tim Riley ... Hulk
Jeff Rochlin Jeff Rochlin ... Shovel
Rusty Jacobs Rusty Jacobs ... Rusty
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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 John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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This school is our home, we think it's worth defending. See more »

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Certificate:

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Trivia

The first of four productions where Timothy Hutton plays a person fighting the system. The next ones would be Turk 182 (1985), The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), and the television show Leverage (2008). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie Auden: [Shawn shoves him aside] Thank you, sir.
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Soundtracks

Blackjack
(uncredited)
Written by Fred K. Huffer
March heard during the Commencement Ceremony
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Filmed in 1981; still applies today
17 January 2000 | by Sundown305See all my reviews

"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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,005, 13 December 1981

Gross USA:

$35,856,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,856,053
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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