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Taps [Blu-ray] [1981] [US Import]

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004RE29WC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,918 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A great story and very memorable. A good cast who all acted well. A portayal of the challenge of interpreting what is the right thing to do while attempting to maintain honour, or self-perception of honour. The film at one point asks, is it honourable to die for one's country or is life more important under any circumstance?
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TAPS is a great film detailing the determination and dedication of young boys towards their threatened military school. Cadet Major Moreland (the leading officer amongst the boys)uses their dicipline and courage to defend their school to the end! It is an enjoyable film with the high and low points of the schoolbot throughout their struggle! Definately something to watch.
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Taps is a 1981 film by Harold Becker. The plot takes place in a military academy in United States. The 150 year old academy is to be closed because of the real estate value of the plot of the academy. The academy commander is a highly decorated war veteran and he is deeply respected among the young cadets. His refusal to bow in the face of the closure and his will to fight inspires the cadets. After an accident involving the shooting of a civilian by the commander, the board of trustees responsible for the academy orders the place to be closed down immediately. The cadets ever loyal to their next in line commander decide to resist by requisitoning the armory and isolating themselves in the compound.

The film stars George C. Scott, well-known by his portrayal of Patton in 1970, a good pick for a commanding father figure. He portrays the ageing commander brilliantly describing the inner side of him as he ponders back against the changing times.

The film also stars the newcomers to the screen; Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise. Hutton portrays the cadet major responsible for the academy brilliantly receiving the Academy Award. Penn and Cruise portray two different characters from each other, former a cadet officer friendly and sensitive, the latter a cold hearted disciplined cadet officer.

The academy life is described in a very detailed way in the film. Young ones seperated from their families from an early age find themselves in another world where only the powerful survives. If you endure the hardships and survive you are sure to find many brothers-in-arms around you.

The academy commander emphasises on being an honourable man when he addresses the cadets. He upholds the virtues of being a loyal defender of the country.
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As far as I am concerned a minor 80s classic,a great cast including Tom Cruise and Sean Penn,worth the money! The story about a military school that is closing and the students/boy soldiers who take it over and the consequences of that is well acted by all involved,well worth a look!
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I remember this film from many years ago. I enjoyed it then and now. My teenage sons also loved it. Recommended.
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Blast from the past bought this for the hubbie one of his eighties favourites lots of stars in their younger days. Fabulously fast delivery and nice product.
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I first watched this film when it had just come out from production after seeing the trailer on other tapes. I have since recently purchaed the DVD version, as I thought it was one of those rarely great movies made back in the 1980's. Remember, this was a few years after the Vietnam war had eneded in Asia in April 1975, but the memories of watching young soldiers being airlifted into Huey's on TV every single day on the news was pretty haunting. the average age for an American Viet Vet was 19.

The movie is set around two factions of society: The rich, those parents that could afford to send their kids to military school and the poor urbanite kids whom have to share the same block of land with differing views on what is acceptable in society and what is not. Two different breeds of children living in the same society sharing the same laws and urban conflicts, but with a huge difference. The Military kids are fighting for what they believe in and the urban youths despise and hate what they have

It is Summertime and the kids are heading home for the holidays, but not before a sudden announcement by the academy's General that the school will close by the end of the year.

The military academy is facing closure and the cadets are about to be demobbed because the government no longer sees the need for top militsry schools. Without spoiling too much of the movie, the film is centred around Sean Penn, whom leads the Red Berets, His commanding officer, Top Cadet in the school, whose father, is a Master Sargeant in the army, but refuses toacknowlwde his son's rise through the ranks. Neither like eachother. Conflict there already.
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Had to have this just to add to my 'Cruise and Penn' collection. Both very young in this film, I'd say 20 years old! A good film, but dated as one would expect ;) Not what you would choose to watch nowadays maybe, but one to have just purely if you are a Cruise and Penn fan, both are pretty good in this ;)
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