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.
Plot Keywords: male-objectification / group-shower / man-in-shower / male-in-shower / taking-a-shower
Taglines: School’s out
Certificate: Australia:PG | Australia:NRC | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Singapore:PG | United Kingdom:PG | United Kingdom:A | United States:PG | West Germany:12 (f)
Cast: George C. Scott , Timothy Hutton , Ronny Cox , Sean Penn , Tom Cruise , Brendan Ward , Evan Handler , John P. Navin Jr. , Billy Van Zandt , Giancarlo Esposito , Donald Kimmel , Tim Wahrer , Tim Riley , Jeff Rochlin , Rusty Jacobs , Wayne Tippit , Jess Osuna , Earl Hindman , James Handy , Steven Ryan , Jay Gregory , Karen Braga , Ralph Drischell , Jane Cecil , Thomas Medearis , Amelia Romano , Sheila Marra , Gary McCleery , Michael Longfield , Arnie Mazer , Chris Hagan , John Taylor , Lou Milione , Eugene Krumenacker , John McBrearty , David McGinley , Frank Chambers , John Faucher , John Newmuis , Declan Weir , Paul Lyons , Ryan Helm , Tom Hutchinson , Tom Klunis , Elizabeth Perry , Brenda Currin , Jeanne Fisher , Robena Rogers , M. James Arnett , John Rittenhouse , Darren W. Conrad , Dono Cunningham , Phil Idrissi , Matthew Kenna , Pablo Guisa Koestinger , Tom Leonard , David Reed , John Sparano
Company: Major Studio Partners
Country: United States
Released Date: 25 Dec 1981 (USA)
Film Location: Valley Forge Military Academy & Junior College – 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA
Runtime: 126 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
dcs84 » I first saw Taps when I was only 11 and I loved it. But at eleven I liked it for its militaristic attributes rather than its 'fight for honour' motif.
I recently, aged 31, saw it again, and, predictably, liked it for entirely different reasons. Firstly, as someone else on this sight mentioned, the film is quite beautiful to look at. The cinematography is quite stunning actually, and if you don't believe me, watch it again. Secondly the direction, writing, and editing is tight, controlled and technically fairly solid.
But what made this film for me was the impressive, inspired acting by the, at the time, young cast. I was captivated by the core trio of Cruise, Penn, and Hutton. If charisma were a concrete substance these three would have garbage bags of the stuff stowed in their cupboards.
The script was thoughtful, and, importantly, believable. The ending was very powerful……when I was eleven, but once seen, lost it's effect on subsequent viewings.
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