On December 20, 1981, TAPS was released to box offices all over the nation. TAPS was originally a book named Father Sky, written by Devery Freeman. The PG rated film was directed by Harold Becker and the screenplay was written by James Lineberger, Robert Mark Maken and Darryl Ponisan. While the movie’s budget was only $14 million, the film made $35.86 million at the box office.
TAPS is a story about honor and brotherhood. In times of need, the young men of a military school, Bunker Hill Academy, come together to refuse the closing of their home. While Bunker Hill was not the filming location, the movie accurately sets the location at Valley Forge Military Academy. The film follows Cadet Major Brian Moreland (Timothy Hutton) and his best friend Alex (Sean Penn) on their mission to rebel against authority. When General Harlan Bache (George C. Scott), the academy’s commander, presents Moreland with the chance of leading the cadet corps next year; he finds his purpose at Bunker Hill. Although, the plot thickens with a dark twist.
This film is entertaining and exciting, the always-thickening plot bursts into the outcome, leaving the audience shocked. Although, while the film is rated PG, I would not recommend it for younger audiences. TAPS shows scenes of young men dying, whether it be being shot by outside authorities, or accidentally catching on fire, it does hold those darker scenes. This movie is easy to follow and almost heartwarming. Their brotherly bond plays into the more emotional side of the film. Though not made for younger audiences, TAPS is an educational, entertaining and emotional film.