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Memorable mostly as the film that introduced filmgoers to Tom Cruise and Sean Penn, both of whom nearly steal the film from its nominal star, Timothy Hutton. Hutton, fresh from his Oscar for Ordinary People, plays the top cadet at a private military school run by George C. Scott. When the announcement is made that the school will be closed, the inmates take over the asylum with military precision. Hutton is caught among his sense of duty to mentor Scott, the rabid militarism of cadet Cruise, and the rational arguments of Penn, as Hutton's best friend. Then a cadet kills one of the cops responding to the crisis, and suddenly this game of playing soldiers takes on a warlike atmosphere. But director Harold Becker can't hold it together; Hutton isn't up to carrying the film, and the tension rapidly drains from the Darryl Ponicsan script. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I can't fairly review this as the blu-ray is not working in my player. Not an issue with the player - it is new and other Blu-rays work in it.Published on Feb. 16 2013 by landryh
I am a big Tom Cruise fan and have seen all of his movies. This is the first one that showed his potential as an actor to be reconed with. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001