Taps (film)

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Taps is a 1981 American thriller drama film starring George C. Scott and Timothy Hutton, with Ronny Cox, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, and Evan Handler in supporting roles. Hutton was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1982. The film was directed by Harold Becker from a screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, James Lineberger,[2][user-generated source?] and Darryl Ponicsan, based on Devery Freeman's 1979 novel Father Sky. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre. It was filmed at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.[3]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarold Becker
Screenplay by
Adaptation byJames Lineberger
Based onFather Sky
1979 novel
by Devery Freeman
Produced by
CinematographyOwen Roizman
Edited byMaury Winetrobe
Music byMaurice Jarre
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 18, 1981 (1981-12-18)
Running time
126 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million[1]
Box office$35.8 million

The film follows a group of military school students who decide to take over their school to save it from closing. It was Penn's first film role, and Cruise's second and his first major role following a brief appearance in Endless Love a few months earlier.

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