History Film / Taps

4th Apr '17 4:26:40 PM Doug86
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''Taps'' is a 1981 film, directed by Harold Becker and starring Timothy Hutton, Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/TomCruise and GeorgeCScott. The story revolves around young military cadets who take over their academy in order to prevent the directory from closing it. It is based on the book ''Father Sky'', by Devery Freeman.

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''Taps'' is a 1981 film, directed by Harold Becker and starring Timothy Hutton, Creator/SeanPenn, Creator/TomCruise and GeorgeCScott.Creator/GeorgeCScott. The story revolves around young military cadets who take over their academy in order to prevent the directory from closing it. It is based on the book ''Father Sky'', by Devery Freeman.
10th Feb '17 11:14:11 PM Boggs
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* AdultsAreUseless: Played for drama, as just about every adult save General Bache is either jeeringly dismissive towards the boys (the school administration) or completely disinterested in their day to day lives. (Their parents) [[TheDogBitesBack That is, until the boys seize the school by force of arms after they try to shut them down.]]
29th Apr '16 8:00:45 AM Tallens
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* BloodKnight: Shawn is the most militant of the three main characters, [[spoiler:and is the one who opens fire on the gathered National Guard just as Brian is about to surrender]].



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7th Sep '15 12:44:03 AM greybeige
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* FourStarBadass: General Bache. Played with, in that it's implied at several points that Bache's career stalled for whatever reason and his running the school is a way of reliving his GloryDays

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* FourStarBadass: General Bache. Played with, in that it's implied at several points that Bache's career stalled for whatever reason and his running the school is a way of reliving his GloryDaysGloryDays, and while he means well it's clear that his philosophy and teachings ultimately have harmful consequences.
7th Sep '15 12:42:26 AM greybeige
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* FourStarBadass: General Bache.

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* FourStarBadass: General Bache. Played with, in that it's implied at several points that Bache's career stalled for whatever reason and his running the school is a way of reliving his GloryDays



* HonorBeforeReason: Brian, oh so much.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Brian, oh so much. Deconstructed, since since Brian is informed by several people that rigidly and needlessly holding to his actions in the face of doomed circumstances for nothing but honor is a fool's errand, and ultimately it only results in people getting hurt and killed. [[spoiler: Including Brian himself.]]
1st Aug '15 3:57:36 PM ANTMuddle
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* {{Taps}}: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]] is pops up a number of times; at the beginning when the school reads off the names and dates of alumni who fell in battle, [[spoiler: and when they have their memorial service for General Bache]]. The movie's title also indicates the impending death of the academy.

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* {{Taps}}: [[CaptainObvious Obviously]] is pops up a number of times; at the beginning when the school reads off the names and dates of alumni who fell in battle, [[spoiler: and when they have their memorial service for General Bache]]. The movie's title title, and thus the TropeNamer, also indicates the impending death of the academy.
26th Jan '15 5:31:10 PM Draugr
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9th Dec '14 2:47:27 PM Taskmaster123
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* ColonelBadass: Kerby, from start to finish. At first, he tries a gentle and reasoned approach with Brian, as he genuinely understands their point of view. However, once the first cadet is killed and it becomes obvious that Brian still doesn't understand that he's in over his head, Kerby wastes no time in cutting him down to size. He tells Brian in no uncertain terms that he's just been playing at being a soldier, his views on war are incredibly naive and romanticized because they're based on classroom lectures and not real life, his cadets don't stand a chance against trained soldier, and the campus ''will'' be retaken. While he's spelling all this out, it's clear from Brian's face that he's having another BSOD.

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* ColonelBadass: Kerby, from start to finish. At first, he tries a gentle and reasoned approach with Brian, as he genuinely understands their point of view. However, once the first cadet is killed and it becomes obvious that Brian still doesn't understand that he's in over his head, Kerby wastes no time in cutting him down to size. He tells Brian in no uncertain terms that he's just been playing at being a soldier, his views on war are incredibly naive and romanticized because they're based on classroom lectures and not real life, his cadets don't stand a chance against trained soldier, soldiers, and the campus ''will'' be retaken. While he's spelling all this out, it's clear from Brian's face and body language that he's having another BSOD.
9th Dec '14 2:46:00 PM Taskmaster123
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* ColonelBadass: Kerby, from start to finish. At first, he tries a gentle and reasoned approach with Brian, as he genuinely understands their point of view. However, once the first cadet is killed and it becomes obvious that Brian still doesn't understand that he's in over his head, Kerby wastes no time in cutting him down to size. He tells Brian in no uncertain terms that he's just been playing at being a soldier, his views on war are incredibly naive and romanticized because they're based on classroom lectures and not real life, his cadets don't stand a chance against trained soldier, and the campus ''will'' be retaken. While he's spelling all this out, it's clear from Brian's face that he's having another BSOD.
5th Dec '14 8:35:17 PM Taskmaster123
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** Not so much a Face-Heel turn as Lt. West, despite trying hard to be the voice of reason to Brian, understanding that things were spinning out of control and he was running out of ways to get Brian to see that. Brian had just mustered everyone together and said that anyone who wanted to leave was free to do so. It was ''absolutely clear'' that many people wanted to leave, but no one wanted to be the first to step forward. Lt. West simply cut the knot and stepped up first, followed by nearly half the cadets. This was Brian's first BSOD, and probably the closest he came to realizing it was a lost cause.
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