Taps

1981

Taps

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When an exclusive military school is threatened with demolition by a rapacious real-estate company, the students take drastic action. Utilizing every bit of military know-how at their disposal, the boys take over the school, arm themselves to the teeth, and prepare to do battle against the "invading" developers.

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Critic Reviews for Taps

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Audience Reviews for Taps

  • May 16, 2013
    Not even solid performances from Timothy Hutton and George C. Scott can save "Taps," which is a generic teen drama that's often melodramatic to the point of being unintentionally comedic. Aside from Hutton and Scott, the acting is pretty weak, which might have something to do with the characters being incredibly unlikable, and the film itself has all the power and poignancy of a daytime soap opera. Nothing really ever works in "Taps," and while it isn't totally reprehensible, it's bland and forgettable and downright ludicrous.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2013
    A smart and well-crafted military drama, Taps is a daring and controversial film. When a group of cadets at a military academy barricade themselves inside their citadel a standoff with the local law enforcement and National Guard ensues. The cast includes Timothy Hutton, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, and George C. Scott; who all deliver excellent performances. The writing is also quite strong, and does a great job at showing the internal struggle that the cadets go through in questioning their cause and what they've been taught to believe in. The film also explores some provocative themes such as the Military-Industrial Complex and America's attitudes toward the military in the post-Vietnam era. Taps is compelling and incredibly powerful.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    Taps is a decent movie but nothing spectacular. The plot is full of holes but still is entertaining. The thing that makes the movie worth the watch is the performances by Hutton, Penn, and Cruise. This is the movie that launched Penn's career and allowed him to go onto bigger and better things. This was also only Cruise's second role. The story suffers a little from the impossibilities but the performances more than make up for it and make the movie worth the watch.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    So totally boring, I couldn't watch the whole thing. I may give it another chance one day if I hear anything good about it. There is a good cast, but other than that, it's not worth watching.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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