Bunker Hill Military Academy is threatened with closure despite its long-standing history of service and honor. Erratic General Bache (Scott) is viewed as a questionable leader for the school and so approval has been given to tear down the school to make way for a new development project. The head cadet Brian Moreland (Hutton) as well as cadet platoon leaders David Shawn (Cruise) and Alex Dwyer (Penn) are informed that the school is going to close.
Shawn is a gung-ho cadet unwilling to accept the school's closing. Dwyer is more levelheaded and wants to see things resolved without anyone getting hurt. Moreland is torn between his loyalty to Bache/Bunker Hill and his belief in doing what is right. The cadets put their military training into practice to turn the academy into a well-armed fortress. A stand off occurs between the authorities (construction crews and police officers) and the students after a policeman is killed in the confrontation. The army is summoned to use whatever force is necessary to resolve the stalemate. A young cadet is critically injured by an explosion and carried by Dwyer, past the defiant cadets to medical attention. The cadet uprising is over without any further bloodshed. In the film, Taps features quality acting by a trio of notable young stars with Hutton, Penn, and Cruise showing glimpses of future greatness.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher