Harold Becker (1981)

A Certificate


Our Score
This marked Tom Cruise's first impact in the movies, Sean Penn's debut, and Timothy Hutton's follow-up to his Oscar-winning role in Ordinary People. They play cadets who take over their military academy when it's threatened with redevelopment, in Harold Becker's fascinating film with echoes of if.... It sometimes gets hysterical and loses its narrative way, but the bright young stars and George C Scott as the iron-jawed commander see it through. Entertaining, especially if its musings on military values aren't taken too seriously.


When a military academy is threatened with demolition, the fiercely loyal cadets break out the contents of the armoury and fight to defend the institution from the invading developers - ultimately leading to a confrontation with the real army. Drama, starring George C Scott, Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise.

Cast & Crew

General Harlan Bache George C Scott
Brian Moreland Timothy Hutton
Colonel Kerby Ronny Cox
Alex Dwyer Sean Penn
David Shawn Tom Cruise
Charlie Auden Brendan Ward
Edward West Evan Handler
Derek Mellott John P Navin Jr
Director Harold Becker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD