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MOVIES - DRAMA
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TAPS


TAPS was released in 1981.
 

TAPS
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T.A.P.S., released in 1981, starred Tom Cruise as Cadet David Shawn, George C. Scott as Brigadier General Harlan Bache, Timothy Hutton as Cadet Brian Moreland, Ronny Cox as Colonel Kerby, and Sean Penn as Alex Dwyer.  For the most part, the movie received positive reviews.  Roger Ebert even gave it 3 out of 4 stars, likening it to the 1965 classic Lord of the Flies.  The movie turned a nice profit for 20th Century Fox.  It was the second film debut for Tom Cruise, who had had a small role in Endless Love which was released the same year.

In this movie, Cruise, Penn, and Hutton play cadets at a military school called Military Academy at Bunker Hill.  Initially, the cadets are told that the school will stay open for the remainder of the year in order for the current seniors to graduate, while under classmen would have to find a new school to attend.  The closing timetable is moved up, however, after a young local boy gets shot and during the military ball.  Told they will not be able to finish the year, the cadets empty the armory and take over the school. 

Things really start to get ugly as a little war begins.  By the next day, the police surround the school, and the parents are brought in to try and talk the boys down.  When this does not work, the National Guard is called in, and with dissention in the ranks, things get out of hand as the movie ends with a fire fight between some cadets and the National Guard, with a number of cadets getting killed.

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