Taps (1981)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 6 mins

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Military cadets take extreme measures to insure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Cast: George C Scott

Crew: Harold Becker (Director)

Rating: PG (Singapore)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 25 Dec 1981 (India)

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Did you know? This film marks Sean Penn's feature debut. Read More
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as General Harlan Bache
Supporting Actor
as Cadet Captain David Shawn


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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
This film marks Sean Penn's feature debut.

Before the film's production, the key actors -Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise and others - were required to participate in a 45-day-long period of orientation with the students of Valley Forge Military Academy. They were given uniforms, borrowed from their real life counterparts at the school and given authentic military haircuts. They slept in campus barracks and were subjected to the same rigors and hardship that all Valley Forge cadets went through. While most of the actors enjoyed and excelled at their orientation, Cruise opted to leave the training for the comforts of a nearby hotel until filming began.

Tom Cruise was initially supposed to play a background character in the film, but director Harold Becker was so impressed by the way he conducted himself as one of the military cadets during rehearsals that he was offered the part of David Shawn. At first Cruise refused and then was finally convinced by Becker and Producer Stanley R. Jaffe play the role.