Cinema: Winning Ugly


Directed by Michael Chapman

Screenplay by Michael Kane

Everybody's somebody's baby, especially when Hollywood goes on a field trip for new stars. Nothing succeeds like last year's success, and this year the talent scouts came back with Tom Cruise, who looks like a baby-faced Christopher Reeve. Here he is, Superman in miniature (Reeve is 6 ft. 4 in., Cruise 5 ft. 9 in.): the hooded eyes, the sculpted body, the off-beat comic timing, the self-deprecating manner, the winning smile. Cruise played a psychotic cadet in Taps, a winsome greaser in...

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