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Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise join the legendary George C. Scott in this tense, compelling drama. A cadet major (Hutton) leads his fellow military students in an armed revolt against authorities in order to save their school from being turned into a condominium complex. But when an unexpected accident leads to the school’s demise, military discipline goes haywire, with tragic results.
© 1981 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
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A complex, violent movie for older teens only.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that several of the main characters are killed in this film, mostly by shooting. One character catches on fire. The students of Bunker Hill Academy get into a fistfight with local kids who gay-bait them, calling them "queers," "fag," and "faggot." The film's graphic violence may be too much for sensitive or younger viewers. Brian's father hits him. Brian leads his peers into a siege and battle with adults, doing what he thinks is right, but with fatal consequences.
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- Release Date:December 11, 1981
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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