Wednesday, January 6, 2010

TAPS (1981)

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

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