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Plot: 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. Runtime: 126 mins Release Date: 19 Dec 1981
Don't let the fact that this takes place at a junior military academy fool you. When the corps of Bunker Hill Academy is threatened, the cadets band together to attempt to save their home. As is seen in certain scenes in the film, the reasons behind the actions of c/MAJ Morland and his corps are mystifying to people on the outside. Where the State requisition officers see "tax payer dollars," the cadets see foundation and institution dissolving before them. Parents can not understand why their thirteen year old boy is holding a loaded M-16 rifle. The police and National <more>
Guardsmen, however, do understand. This movie really does portray exactly what being a soldier is all about. When push comes to shove, the most important thing to a soldier is the man or woman next to him. While c/MAJ Morland himself may have been disillusioned with General Baige, the rest of the cadets at Bunker Hill Academy fought for each other. This truly is an epic portrayal of the soldier. Through powerful performances by Penn, Cruise and Hutton, the film is able to show that one's young age is not a prohibiter of understanding of one very important word: Honor.
American citizens should always be law abiding (by xbrad68)
I saw the movie Taps in a London Ontario theater downtown in 1981 at the age of 12. My Dad said Imagine if the Military Academy represented North America fighting invaders. The only one who put up a fight was Tom Cruises character. I am disappointed in the film. I met Tom Cruise on the set of Days of Thunder. Cruise is now filming Mission Impossible 3. The British are hoping that he will make it to MI6. My shared British and American codename was Bryn Mahr that sounded like Brian Moreland who is Timothy Huttons well played character. I can assure you I am law abiding in Canada , Britain and <more>
America. Just like the Dalai Lama I hope that Brics alliance troops will leave Canada and Tibet and that America and Britain can help make this happen. There is a person nicknamed Baby Forbes from Walkerton Ontario who has been influencing world events. Let me say that I am your Friend and I am 90 per cent sure that QE2 is my full Aunt. There will always be Windsors on the Canadian coins. I also like my smart handsome Cousin Prince Charles. If you believe in freedom of speech do not censor this review. In a previous review I belittled the Russians for nerve gassing me. I was told to apologize by Britain and America so I apologize to the Russians. I can highly recommend the other movies of this ensemble cast.
Great movie, but it's an emotional roller coaster (by Volleygirl2214)
It is such an excellent movie, but it changes so much from beginning to end, you fall in and out of love with characters so easily. You respect them one minute, and are disgusted with them the next. But it's great and definitely worth seeing. I love it, especially Timothy Hutton.
Mixed feelings (by pazmasta)
Having graduated from a military academy and later joining army ROTC myself it was almost like I was living back at my high school again. Especially due to the fact that I was a company commander my senior year and had my best friends as platoon leaders and XO. I got a much different take on the movie than most of you. It is one that was much more prevalent in the military academy I to than ROTC. Rather than a view of "misguided youths" I would argue the point that they were misguided I saw the movie as fight between the old and the new. The old conservative ways versus the post <more>
Vietnam War era generation. Whether to preserve conservative tradition or to continue with social liberalism. In the movie the fight was about tearing down the academy to build condominiums. In real life where I was, it was about turning our military academy into a normal prep school. In my case the fight didn't get violent, however like the cadets in the movie I picked the losing side.In the movie I was heart broken that the governor would send troops to the school rather than try and work out a peaceful compromise when he saw the measure that people were willing to go to in order to protect their school. In real life I was very disheartened to see the old cadre of retired military officers get sacked and replaced by "soft" civilian administrators. It all hit a climax when one of my life's role models, a retired USAF Major and our companies tactical officer, spoke out against some of the changes being made and got himself sacked. For me that was George C Scott, Penn and Cruise were my friends and platoon leaders in my company and the crisis between the old ways and the new ways were very much the same. The movie reached out to me possibly more than any other. It was seeing my teenage self all over again.
I saw dumb movies when I was young but every now & thenI'd actually find something that was worth the money I spent.Taps was the first film I saw in Jan. of 1982,weeks after it's release and at that time was without a doubt,at age 13 & 1/2 the most grown-up movie I had ever seen. I'm sure in the TV advertisements the appeal was obvious. Actors near my age and my older brothers' ages,the then cool look of their uniforms and without a doubt,that scene in the the ad where the students are overhead with their guns pointed at the adults,I.E. :rebellion. Hard to find a <more>
pre-teen or teen-age boy who wouldn't find this kind of thing appealing. In the new Reagan,conservative '80s era it was fitting. One's point of view can only describe to that person what this film is all about. Some have felt this film is pro-war,while others like me feel it's th opposite. I find it to be even more than that though. It seemed to me that it's just as I stated above. The naive' appeal of war and weapons to young minds,as well as the parents who send their kids to these kinds of places to shape them up. No offense to those who did attend an academy,there are those who actually do get something out of it,but for my own life experience and views,I'll more than likely never understand what that would be. Self discipline can be taught to one's self just as easily.Anyhow,getting back to the film. As a movie it was quite the intense experience. George C. Scott was great in it but I really wish his character had not been removed from the story. I felt he brought these kids a level measure of control and a wiser voice of reason. Timothy Hutton,Sean Penn and aside from the younger kids the 17/18 year old Tom Cruise are all fantastic in their roles. In the case of Penn & Cruise a pre-view of good things to come for them as actors.Penn is a great friend to Hutton's character and this may seem like a simple role at first but as the story goes on his performance builds on itself with his still very fresh abilities as an actor.Cruise is unsettling but electric as the cadet who likes the power & control he's been trained with just a little too much. Resulting in the climactic scene where he goes "trigger-happy" with a machine gun near the end of the film. "It's beautiful man!" is the most remembered line from the whole film.Hutton,the veteran actor of the 3,plays a young man who has a more idealistic view of his education at the academy and of the overall meaning. It's more like an elegant party for him and his hanging out with "old soldiers". The taking of the academy by the students was handled convincingly enough but the idea that they'd bring in tanks and the "real army" seemed a bit much. The pressure of that later resulting in a bit of a dissension between Penn & Hutton.The thing that has not set to well with those that have seen this movie is the senseless killing of a boy who's only about 10 or 11 by the military. Even over 27 years later,it still feels like it was not a necessary thing to put in this movie to make the point of what happens to these boys when they end up in "a real war". The point was made long before that. It was equally unnerving for me to realize that even kids that age can "stop living'.That nearly fatal story choice aside,the film really is great. The best thing one can do before watching is just put aside your left or right views and just watch it as you would any other movie. What I learned years later is not to let myself get so deep into the politics and just keep in mind,that's Hollywood and the film-makers ideas and/or ideals. END
Excellent movie with a lot of young stars! (by boggart)
This was a a great movie and had many stars before they were stars. C. Thomas Howell, Sean Penn, and Tom Cruise all did an excellent job in this film. This is definately a guy flick but the ladies might like it just for the actors!
Changing perspectives (by intcountzero)
The biggest kick I got was seeing Hutton, Cruise, and Penn as teenagers turning out amazing performances at such a younger age. I guess some actors are just destined to rise to the top.George C. Scott also turned in a great, believable performance as an old wartime General. However I find it interesting, after seeing this movie over 20 years later, how it's context has changed for me personally. While in '81, the story was perhaps designed to generate sympathy for the General and his plight, I look at his situation today and feel nothing but pity for him, as I would for any <more>
Shakespearean tragic hero, who because of their narrow-sightedness, could not see the bigger picture. And in this case, their consequences caused a chain of events that took on an uncontrollable life of their own. Funny how the years can sometimes dictate understanding and perspective.The previous review mentioned for this flick is 100% bang on.
A film to think about the Youth and ideals. (by malekith99)
The film has a not politically correct focus. The military cadets fight against burocracy, greed and old prejudices. They do the correct but they have in front: the society,the law,and public opinion. Could the goal justify the means? His attitude is not very different from other strikes or youth revolts. But the problem was that they are not politically correct. Not today. THEY PREFER FIGHT THEIR WAR LOOKING FOR JUSTICE AND HONOR, THAN BE DISCIPLINED THEN, AND FIGHT THE WAR THAT POLITICS WILL CREATE FOR THEM Tom Cruise, as David Shawn, is really a brilliant performance. His character is <more>
probably the best. You can enjoy the film if you can feel these values and understand the controversy: military values vs. money & politics. They choose.
A story often overlooked for less-than-stellar acting and direction, Taps brings into question if classical military leadership and the traditional honor of fighting men has a place in the modern age.Providing a springboard for young actors into future careers, the film showcases a number of actors ranging in ages from pre-teen to late teens with varying results. Some perform predictably while others really shine particularly Brendan Ward as Charlie Auden .The film holds up well after 30 years, feeling more like a story SET in the early 80's rather than being burdened by its age. <more>
Cinematography is dramatic, though not always dynamic, and makes GREAT use of the borrowed setting of actual Valley Forge academy.The story is paced well, though some may feel it to be kind of slow. This is NOT an action movie, and is far from a traditional military movie either. Those who are looking for something along the lines of We Were Soldiers or even the first half of Full Metal Jacket will be very disappointed. Those with a more open mind for classical story-telling will find a surprisingly detailed portrayal of life in a military academy and a deeper story than may be seen on the surface.Atypical for the theme and maybe not for everyone, but definitely worth a shot.