THE SCHOOL IS OUR HOME, WE THINK IT’S WORTH DEFENDING.
Bunker Hill Military Academy is about to be closed; the young cadets refuse to accept that and occupy the school with military means. A bunch of well-armed kids defending their school like it’s the Alamo may not count as a very believable concept, especially since the idea doesn’t come (as you might expect) from an inspirational, adult leader. An interesting film nevertheless, although a tad drawn out. George C. Scott is good as the stern warrior who meets an untimely end, and the cast is full of young, familiar faces, especially Timothy Hutton who had already won an Oscar that year.
1981-U.S. 126 min. Color. Directed by Harold Becker. Cast: Timothy Hutton (Brian Moreland), George C. Scott (Harlan Bache), Ronny Cox (Kerby), Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Brendan Ward… Giancarlo Esposito.
Trivia: Penn’s film debut.