Taps (1981)

HAROLD BECKER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 1981.  Major Studio Partners, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by , , adaptation by , based on the novel Father Sky by .  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Music by . Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1981.  

The Hardy Boys go to military school! Some of this drama is enjoyable and worth taking seriously, but most of it is silly fluff that teenage boys will thrive to and everyone else will have no trouble ignoring. George C. Scott is wonderful as the head of a 160 year-old military cadet training school, an institution that is threatened by the government’s decision to raze the building and develop the land for condominium buildings. Timothy Hutton is terrific as the ace student who decides that he’s not going to take it lying down, so he and his friends organize a revolt that has them take control of the school and block the construction crew that is coming to tear the place down. Early performances by Tom Cruise and a standout Sean Penn are notable for nostalgia factor.

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