Synopsis: An announcement that the venerable Bunker Hill Military Academy, a 141 year old institute, is to be torn down and replaced with condos sets off the young cadets led by their stodgy commander. Under the command of a student cadet major, the cadets seize the campus, refuse entry of the construction crews and ultimately confront the real military.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Harold Becker
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

"All men who have felt the power

of the joy of battle

know what it's like

when the wolf rises in the heart."

He knew and I know

that man was meant to be a warrior.

We're all sons of our Viking fathers.

Try to eat a little something,

just to keep up appearances.

Otherwise I'll get an earache from Mrs Malloy.

It's delicious, sir.

I don't imagine I had much appetite

when I was appointed cadet major.

My God. Can't be 45 years ago.

Nobody's that old.

Wasn't General Black commander then, sir?

- General Black?

- Yes. Yes, General Black.

We cadets used to say

that his name described his heart.

But we respected the hell out of him.

He went the whole nine yards.

It didn't matter whether it was war

or growing roses or making men.

You know that picture of him

in the admin building?

When I was a plebe

it used to scare me walking under it.

That's why they hung it there.

The truth is you would have loved him

like a father. I know I did.

Speaking of fathers, Mr Moreland,

is your dad still at Fort Benning?

No, sir, he's at Fort Polk now.

Well, a good top sergeant

is worth his weight in gold.

I know many a colonel who's had

his ass saved by a clever sergeant.

Excuse me, Mrs Malloy.

I'm sure he's very proud of you, son.

- I hope he is, sir.

- Oh, thank you.

My doctor allows me one of these a day.

This is my third.

I wish I could tell you that there are more old

generals than old doctors, but it's not true.

Mrs Malloy, my officers and I

will have coffee and brandy in the study.


I'm afraid I can't vouch for the vintage,

but ultimately

it is the company that counts, isn't it?

So, what shall we drink to?

I tell you what. Let's drink

to the one thing that never changes.

To the one permanent part of a man's life.

- What's that, sir?

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Darryl Ponicsan

Darryl Ponicsan (; born May 26, 1938) is an American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1970 novel The Last Detail, which was adapted into a 1973 film starring Jack Nicholson. A sequel, Last Flag Flying, based on his 2005 novel of the same name, was released in 2017 and he also co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Linklater. He also wrote the 1973 novel and screenplay Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan. Ponicsan writes mystery novels under the pen name Anne Argula. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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