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

... believeth all things,

hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth.

But whether there be prophecies,

they shall fail,

whether there be tongues,

they shall cease,

whether there be knowledge,

it shall vanish away.

For we know in part

and we prophesy in part,

but when that which is perfect is come,

then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child,

I understood as a child, I thought as a child.

But when I became a man,

I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass darkly,

but then face to face.

Now I know in part, but then shall I know

even as also I am known.

And now abideth

faith, hope, charity, these three,

but the greatest of these is charity.

No call to arms has ever gone unheeded

by a graduate of Bunker Hill Academy.

In defence of our country and her principles,

many of our brothers

have nobly and selflessly

made the ultimate sacrifice.

To honour them, we will close

this baccalaureate service

as we close all services here,

by reading from the book of remembrance.

This will be the last reading

of the book for this year.

Williams, Robert S. Class of '60. Plei Ku.

Taps November 19, 1967.

Yancey, Scott A. Class of '45. Pork Chop Hill.

Taps April 26, 1953.

Young, Henry R. Class of '38. Omaha Beach.

Taps June 6, 1944.

Youngman, Clarence M. Class of '64. Plei Me.

Taps November 22, 1967.

Zimmerman, James J.

Class of '12. The Argonne.

Taps September 27, 1918.

Hey, yo, Jackie! Wait up!

McGonigle, Harry the Horse, class of '22.

Sing Sing Prison.

Give it a rest.

- Ferrilli, Rocky, class of '42.

- Give it a rest.

Lefty's Bar and Grill.

- Brian, Dungeons and Dragons tonight?

- Not tonight, Shawn.

Nice of you to ask.

Have a good day.

Billy, who are you

rooming with next summer?


- Carry on.

- Thank you, sir.

Larry, what troop are you in next year, D or F?

- Keep it down!

- I'm in F.

All right! I got into Company A!


Boy, I'm not gonna miss your socks...

- How's the T-shirt, Pigpen?

- Turn it out, Pigpen.


As you were, gentlemen.


Oh, God, thank you!

- Hey, Brian. You seen Shovel?

- Not since morning.

He got this summer care package

from his mother. One-way douche bag hid it.

The thing's the size of a Volkswagen.

Home-made fudge,

carrot cake, date nut bread.

I'm hot on the trail of that sucker.

When I see him, I'll...

Hey, Shovel!

Come here with that food!

Sorry, Hulk.

Want me to touch up your shoes, sir?

I mean, you won't want to go to the general's

with your shoes all grungy.

You know what

I'm gonna hate next year, Charlie?

- Breaking in a new plebe.

- Yeah.

Yes, sir.

Zen is no laughing matter.

- Yes, sir.

- Carry on.

Thank you, sir.

Four, five, six.

I can never hear that sequence of numbers

without feeling a rush in my blood.

The siege itself

was almost as bad as the assaults,

and the assaults were out of this world.

They kept coming at us, wave after wave.

Totally indifferent to casualties. The Chinese

always had plenty of bodies to spare.

They seemed to be fascinated

with our Springfield 1903.

The rifle our snipers used.

They called it the weapon of the silent death.

I wish I could remember that phrase

in Chinese. It was rather beautiful.

In battle, sir,

how do you keep from being scared?

You don't. My God, was I scared!

I must have lost about 20 pounds,

all of it brown!

But fear has a way

of providing you with a little bonus.

It gives you... the wolf.

The wolf?

It's a quotation from Theodore Roosevelt.

Let me see.

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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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