TAPS Movie Trivia

TAPS Trivia

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Film facts for the 1981 Teen Drama movie starring George C. Scott, Tom Cruise, Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn

Ronny Cox, Brendan Ward, Evan Handler, John P. Navin Jr., Billy Van Zandt, Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Kimmel, Tim Wahrer, Tim Riley, Jeff Rochlin, Rusty Jacobs, Wayne Tippit, Jess Osuna, Earl Hindman, James Handy, Steven Ryan Update Cast

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Editor Kara Victoria
This was Sean Penn's first movie.
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The main star Timothy Hutton was first seen during the 80s in "Ordinary People" playing Donald Sutherland's character's son. He also starred in Turk 182, another story where the system crushes someone he loves and respects and he fights back in an unconventional way.
Thanks to Mark (VFMA Class of 1971)
The Superintendant's house is really named "Crossed Sabres" and is also the name for the annual school yearbook.
Thanks to Anonymous
Taps was filmed at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne PA during the 1980-1981 school year. All cadets (students) at VFMA had to be an extra. I am driving the fourth Jeep in the beginning parade scene.
Thanks to Mike Johansen
The Star Trek episode they are watching in the break room is "Spock's Brain" which originally aired on September 20, 1968; Eight days before I was born. The episode was hated by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Thanks to Rahel Jaskow
Amelia Romano, who played Mrs. Molloy, the housekeeper, taught acting at the 'Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater' in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s.
Thanks to BigTy
This movie also features a young Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad. He is very badly burned when the generator catches on fire.
Thanks to Ben1982
All of the 5 actors in the shower scene were actually naked for the filming.

Originally only Tom Cruise was to be shown naked in the final cut, and only the top of his buttocks were to be shown. When Brendan Ward, who plays one of the young cadets, exits the shower, however, John P. Navin Jr., who plays the other young cadet, is seen fully nude from the rear.

Sean Penn mentions in an interview from 1983 that none of the actors in this scene were advised that there would be female crew present on the set. This scene would likely not be able to be filmed the same way today due to stricter regulations.

Bogus Trivia

There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "TAPS".
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