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Taps (1981)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 1981 (USA)
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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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Harold Becker

Writers:

Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Storyline

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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School's out See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kadetten von Bunker Hill See more »

Filming Locations:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise would eventually marry Nicole Kidman, who would later co-star with Sean Penn in The Interpreter ( 2005) See more »

Goofs

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

David Shawn: When this is over, you and me are going to go round and round.
Alex Dwyer: But first, you're gonna mover your goddamned arm
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A Time-Capsule Gem
9 August 2004 | by eht5ySee all my reviews

'Taps' is an uneven film, burdened somewhat by its ponderousness and pathological seriousness. But what a time capsule!

Of all of the young actors here, only Timothy Hutton was already a star, having become the youngest actor ever to win an Oscar for his role in Robert Redford's 'Ordinary People.' Ironically, among the suporting actors in 'Taps' are Tom Cruise and Sean Penn, one of whom has become the biggest box office draw of his generation and the other its most respected acting talent. Also featured are Evan Handler, best-known as Harry Goldenblatt (Charlotte's divorce lawyer and second husband) on TV's 'Sex and the City,' and Spike Lee favorite Giancarlo Esposito, whose credits include 'The Usual Suspects' and the much-underappreciated TV series 'Homicide: Life on the Streets.'

Even if you find 'Taps' a little overblown and pretentious, it's worth watching to see these accomplished actors back in their baby-faced teens.


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