Cinema: Sour Notes

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Directed by Harold Becker Screenplay by Darryl Ponicsan and Robert Mark Kamen

Shed a manly tear, sound a mournful bugle call, maybe even fire off a several-gun salute for good old Bunker Hill Military Academy. For a century and a half it has been turning out cadets who have exemplified duty, honor, country, that sort of thing. Now, however, times having changed, those qualities are regarded as antiques, and the trustees have voted to shut the place down and sell it to condominium developers.

Over, as it turns out, the dead bodies of General Harlan Bache (George C. Scott), the commandant,...

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