Taps (1981)

When an exclusive military school is threatened with demolition by a rapacious real-estate company, the students take drastic action. Utilizing every bit of military know-how at their disposal, the boys take over the school, arm themselves… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 9, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Jardine

Mildly engaging, but burdened by a predictable climax.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It examines the danger of power without leadership, and it also reveals what can happen when your home is threatened.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Contrived military school drama; down with the establishment!

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A complex, violent movie for older teens only.

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Chuck O'Leary

An absorbing, tension-filled and intelligently-written drama...Taps has aged like fine wine.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great cast, terrible script, unfortunate results

Rob Gonsalves

This proudly apolitical drama can probably be embraced by people on either side of the ideological fence.

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Pete Croatto

provides a nice allegory on the military's limits

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Fans of Penn and Cruise should enjoy this very early glimpse at their heroes, and Hutton (one of Hollywood's all-time most underrated actors) holds the movie together.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Taps is a decent movie but nothing spectacular. The plot is full of holes but still is entertaining. The thing that makes the movie worth the watch is the… More
Mike T.
Despite uniformly strong performances from a superb cast, this film fell short of my expectations. Conceptually speaking, it's perhaps a little far-fetched… More
Aj V
So totally boring, I couldn't watch the whole thing. I may give it another chance one day if I hear anything good about it. There is a good cast, but… More
Stephen Earnest
Not even solid performances from Timothy Hutton and George C. Scott can save "Taps," which is a generic teen drama that's often melodramatic to… More
Dann Michalski
A smart and well-crafted military drama, Taps is a daring and controversial film. When a group of cadets at a military academy barricade themselves inside… More
Marcus Woolcott
What made this work for me is that they took a somewhat silly idea and ran with it, taking it seriously as they did. Like 'Misery', it's clever… More