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Taps [Blu-ray]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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I loved watching this movie as a youngster. My boyfriend and I were talking about George C. Scott and I recalled that he was in this movie. My boyfriend was thrilled when he opened this movie. I can't wait for us to watch it and the special editions of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2014
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The movie came quickly and was in the condition it was advertised to be in. Love this movie, watching it took me back to my high school days. The one scene in the armory where the kids point their guns at the adults got my ROTC unit a lot of respect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
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Great movie. This disk is pretty much no frills-a few interesting extra features and the movie. Basically you get exactly what you think you'll get, which is a good thing. Again, great flick! First big screen parts for Tom Cruise and Sean Penn.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A much bigger guy comes into the shower and shoves you over to the next space. You say, "Thank you, Sir!" Where are you? Right-- a military academy! Those who have been in one, or even who have been in the military, will have a special understanding of this film. I appreciated "Taps" because it made me consider the many definitions of 'honor', and it explored how far someone will (or should) go-- to be a true friend.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2013
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It is nice to see a movie made where some kids are passionate about something besides drugs. It is also refreshing to see these same kids willing to defend the one item they knew. Probably the only thing they knew.
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on November 12, 2014
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
.....and very youthful actors Hutton, Cruise and Penn all deliver. This movie is worth seeing just to see the riveting performances turned in by all 3.

For me, though, the preposterous premise of the plot made it impossible to take this movie seriously. Here we have a very small school populated by kids ranging in age from 10 to 18, whose intelligence levels make them candidates for consideration for admission to the nation's service academies - institutions which have some of the highest recruiting standards in the country - and we're supposed to believe that, as a group, they think that they'll be able to force the rightful owners of private property to call off the sale of the property by taking it over with military force, and then make the decision to go to war with not only the heavily armed local police department, but also a United States military unit armed with heavy weaponry and tanks? And their provisions and weaponry consist of a single truckful of food and a single room's worth of small arms?

It's hard to believe that a group of MS13 gang members would make such dumb moves, let alone a group of the brightest, most disciplined kids in the country. Supposedly their devotion to the school's leader, played by George C. Scott, has driven them to such extreme action. But while it's evident that the older kids have the utmost respect for the General, there's no indication that he has them brainwashed to the extent they'd want to tee it up against a fully armed National Guard combat unit. Scott appears only briefly in the movie and makes not much more than a passing remark to the commanding cadet (Hutton) about putting up a fight to keep the school going before he exits the film.

It's a fairly entertaining way to pass a couple of hours and, as I've already mentioned, interesting because of the performances of 3 future superstars. But 5 stars and, as some have proclaimed, one of the greatest movies of all time? C'mon. The premise is just a little silly for that. :)

From a technical aspect, I didn't think the blu-ray picture was particularly sharp. I know it was made in 1981, but "Casablanca" was filmed in 1941 and has a much sharper picture. Also, the volume level on the disc is very low. I nearly had to max out the volume on my receiver to hear the dialogue at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
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This movie is fun to watch. It shows a very young Tom Criuse. Delivery was prompt and the movie plays beautifully. I would recommend this movie and this seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
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I bought this movie as a gift for my brother.
We've seen it before and really liked it.
It arrived in plenty of time and in good condition.
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on October 22, 2014
Format: DVD
A riveting movie of youth in a military school and training camp, and how their academic and military superiors influence and some make a profound effect on the boys, to the point, that it even affects their relationships with their parents, how they view life and even, death. Does one obey the protocal of honor or does one rebel against ones conscience? Does one adhere to the status quo for the sake of personal acceptance among ones peers, or does one do what is right, even if it goes against the regimented, rule of authority? This film clearly illustrates that even a youth with a gun, can and will, start a rebellion and not really comprehend the full meaning of why they are participants of it?! The youth are indeed, very impressionable. And want desperately to please those in authority, whom they admire. It gives them a sense of belonging and loving approval. For even a madman like Hitler, correctly recognized, that "...if you can take the youth, you can take a nation!" Intense drama with plenty of sobering action. Nina
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2013
Format: VHS TapeVerified Purchase
As a former soldier of 24 years, I loved this movie. Had seen it years ago on a rented VHS and just had to own it and add to my collection.
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