Starring: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn & Ronny Cox
Director: Harold Becker
A military academy is to be closed and replaced by a condominium, but the boys are fired with a sense of honor, duty, and love for the military. The National Guard moves to take the grounds by force; a bloodbath ensues. Not very believable, with sometimes pompous dialogue, but makes a strong point against carrying honor and tradition too far. Fine performances.
George C. Scott is an iron-jawed commander of a military academy and Timothy Hutton a gung ho cadet who leads a student revolt in this often exciting but unnecessarily violent drama. Sean Penn's film debut. (126 mins.)
My Rating: **1/2