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Townies harassing cadets outside at the ball


What I don't understand is; why were those townie kids outside provoking and shouting at the cadets and their guests at the ball? What was the motivation ? Did they really have nothing better to do ? It just didn't make sense to me.

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I remember asking a guy this same question -- he was a cadet like these boys and transferred to my high school shortly after this film came out. He said that a lot of these military academies buy land in in small towns because they can get it cheap. So you get a lot of lower-class "townie" types who resent the presence of these guys living there, stealing their girls, etc. Kinda like the townies in "An Officer and a Gentlemen" harassing Richard Gere in that one bar scene.

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At that time too in the early 80's we were less than a decade out of Vietnam and that war left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths so it's possible the town kids resented the cadets, plus like another said, it's likely that a majority of the girls were from that town which of course wouldn't sit well with the local boys.

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They were drunk as the proverbial skunk.

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Because the cadets are easy targets, they are supposed to fight back. Of course when they do you get your arse kicked and cry victim just as these townies did. In fact one gets shot.

The cadets were stupid to get involved and the Academy Dean or whatever his title was, was an idiot to come out armed like that.

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Cause they were taking all their girls. The townies in An Officer and A Gentleman were peeved for the same reason.

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