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"This school is our home, we think it's worth defending."
  • PG
  • 1981
  • 2 hr 6 min
  • 6.8  (19,881)
  • 49

Taps is a 1981 American drama film directed by Harold Becker and starring George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, and Ronny Cox. The film is set in a fictional military school, Bunker Hill Academy, where cadets are preparing for their future careers in the military service. The story of the movie revolves around the events that take place when the military school is threatened to be closed down, leading to a protest by the cadets to save their school. Cadet Major Brian Moreland (Timothy Hutton) is at the forefront of this protest, leading his fellow cadets in a display of military precision and determination to save their school from closure.

However, the protest takes a dangerous turn when the cadets arm themselves with weapons and take control of the school. The situation becomes more complex when the local police are called in, along with officers from the state National Guard, to deal with the threat posed by the cadets. The commander of the regiment, General Harlan Bache (George C. Scott) tries to resolve the situation peacefully but realizes that it may not be possible.

As the situation escalates and the standoff between the cadets and the authorities becomes increasingly tense, General Bache begins to question the military philosophy that he has devoted his entire life to. The situation comes to a head in a dramatic and emotional climax, as the cadets face off against the National Guard in a fight to save their school.

Taps is a movie that explores many themes related to the military, patriotism, and the role of authority in maintaining order. The movie raises questions about the value of institutions that support military training and examination of the limitations of tradition in the face of new and challenging events. The characters in the film are complex, with Timothy Hutton delivering a standout performance as the conflicted cadet leader, Brian Moreland. George C. Scott also delivers a powerful performance as the military commander struggling to reconcile his beliefs with the actions of his subordinates.

Overall, Taps is a gripping and thought-provoking film that examines important issues related to military training and leadership. The story is tense and dramatic, and the performances by the cast members are excellent. The movie remains relevant today, as it serves as a reminder of the importance of the military in the United States and the impact that it has on the lives of those who serve.

Taps is a 1981 war movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 6 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 49.

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    6.8  (19,881)
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