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Taps (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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.
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Just as Brian makes Senior-Cadet, the civilian leaders decide that Bunker Hill Military Academy must close its doors in one year. Although there indeed seem to be few young recruits coming into the academy, money is claimed not to be the problem so much as public attitude that such institutions are no longer necessary. When General Bache, an aging military veteran and head of the school, accidentally shoots and kills one of the town's civilian red-neck youths, immediate closure is demanded. With sincere beliefs that they are upholding the institution's honor, the cadets seize control, send the dean and teachers out in a bus, and prepare to defend. The only problem I had with this movie was that, in reality, 'honorable' cadets would never place their prepubescent troops on the forward firing lines! (This action is what eventually leads to the collapse of the cadets' Worthy Cause.) After a terrible tragedy, Brian is still supported by his loyal friend Alex, but is left wondering "what went wrong?" All the words of Brian's hero, General Bache, had sounded so right!
It portrays the kids as villians, yet also as heroes.
Do you cheer for these kids, boo them, or what?
If you want the kids to be heroic, make them heroes. If you want the kids to be villianous, make them villians.
You cannot have it both way.
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Les débuts de Sean Penn et Tom Cruise. A voir absolument !Published 24 months ago by Sylvain Therrien
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