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It's Beautiful Man, Beautiful !!!


Lorenzo D. What a very powerful scene at the end of Taps
when Tom Cruise shouted these words to
Timothy Hutton! Of course he had no idea at
that moment that his would be the last
words spoken as the squad leader of his
rifle company!!


Lawrence Sunny California

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true, very true.

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Far as I am concerned, David Shawn got what he deserved, in the end.

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The military needs more "David Shawn's"

I'm Lana's number 1 enemy

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My family and I are watching it right now on FMC, and Tom Cruise's voice, it's so odd hearing him sound like a teenager. I remember watching this as a kid myself, and now I'm watching it with my 8 year old. And wow, how young they all were!

It's your life, rise up and live it.

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Ughhh! Don't remind me hahaha!

Funny thing... I watched Valkyrie with Cruise and a short while before I watched Yes Man with Jim Carrey and there's a point where Carrey says the line "It's Beautiful!!" when he's jumping on the bed. Reminded me of the scene in Taps.

"It is not enough to like a film. You must like it for the right reasons."
- Pierre Rissient

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I never did like the character of David Shawn, let alone Tom Cruise. Tom may be from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, but that doesn't mean that I have to like the SOB. And believe me, I don't!

As I stated in my previous post, I thought David Shawn got what he deserved in the end. The only thing that I wish that could have happened differently would have been "SPOILER ALERT!" Alex Dwyer(Sean Penn)getting killed along with him instead of Brian Moreland(Timothy Hutton).

I think that, if Moreland had survived, it would have given the film more dimension. If Dwyer had been killed along with Shawn, it would have made Moreland realize how wrong he had handled the situation, and that the situation had gotten way out of control(i.e. the wrong execution of the right idea). The death of his two friends would have been a horrifying experience that Moreland would have had to live with, had he survived in the end.

And yes, I don't like Sean Penn, either. He, too, is an SOB as far as I am concerned.

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Tom Cruise and Sean Penn are probably SOB's but both have gone a long way compared to Timothy Hutton in their film career.

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Maybe so, but Timothy Hutton is still a better actor and he still works in films, whether they are far and few in between, or not.

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I can't stand Sean Penn in real life, but he is a hell of an actor.

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Skinny, scrawny Timothy Hutton could not have played all the action heroes Tom Cruise did.



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I don't think it was necessary to kill Dwyer. I think Moreland (Hutton) realized it was out of control and had remorse when Charlie was shot and killed.

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You are a moron. I bet you want 1 million Mogadishus too, you ungrateful douche

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It's all true!!! Sean Penn should have been the one shot dead with Cruise, and Hutton would have given up the fight upon learning of this. Can't believe that, It's my best favorite scene of Taps 30 years on! I like CDT CPT David Shawn so much this scene makes me think that I'm gonna face the same destiny that he faced in the film if that happens.

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