Making Of...
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TAPS Behind The Scenes

AKA:
TAPS Picture
1981
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1981 Teen Drama movie starring George C. Scott, Tom Cruise, Timothy Hutton et al.
Contributed by: Mark (VFMA Class of 1971)
The "Main Gate" where the confrontation between the "townies" and Gen. Basche (George C. Scott) takes place, never exsisted. That gate was constructed for the movie only, and was returned to its original form of a small "single person gate" for the real superintendant to exit the Main Area and cross the street to his house. Also, Many of the interior scenes were filmed on sets constructed in the academy's former riding hall named Clothier Hall, which no longer exists.
The stars had to do an induction in the Valley Forge Academy prior to filming so that they had a first-hand glimpse into the life of an academy and the rituals and hierarchy that was a part of the life of a cadet.
While Tom Cruise's character was the gung-ho type, Tom was not so impressed with the academy life and decided a local hotel was more to his liking.
The disruption to the academy caused by delays in fiming led to permission for other productions being denied by other academies.
Contributed by: Robert Baum
Initially when cast in the film, Tom Cruise didn't have many lines as he was only going to play a background character in the film, but Director Harold Becker was so impressed by the way he conducted himself as one of the military cadets during rehearsals that he was offered the part of David Shawn.
One of the uncredited "Red Berets" is now a real Major serving in Iraq. MAJ Greg Markert is serving somewhere in the Mosel region and will be back in April 08. The tanks that are shown are M48A5 Patton tanks and belonged to the 1st Squadron 104th Cavalry of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. The .50 Caliber Machine Gun, which kills Hutton and Cruise, mounted on the loader hatch was done by Hollywood. It normally mounts a M60D machine gun.
Taps was to be filmed at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro VA. The school would not allow the film to widen the archway of the school to drive a tank through.
Taps was to be filmed at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro VA. The school would not allow the film to widen the archway of the school to drive a tank through.
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