A former marine and former cop named J.T. Hope, owner of a ranch called the "Circle Hope Ranch" starts a program for juvenile delinquents to help rehabilitate them.



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Cast overview:
J.T. Hope
Colt Webb
June Andersen
Sam Brooks
Keith Frazier
Isabelle Howell ...
Molly (as Isabell Howell)
Nicholas Hill ...
Dortch / Leather Jacket (as Nico Hill)
Tina Illman ...
Uniformed Juvie Officer


A former marine and former cop named J.T. Hope, owner of a ranch called the "Circle Hope Ranch" starts a program for juvenile delinquents to help rehabilitate them.

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Even the most troubled teen can get a second chance at a place called Hope Ranch.


Family | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content




Release Date:

2 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Bad Kids  »

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1.33 : 1
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A great TV movie.
28 July 2013 | by (Normal, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

When this TV movie came out back in 2002 on Animal Planet, I watched "Hope Ranch" when it aired on Animal Planet for the first time and I really loved this movie. A well done TV movie, the first TV film by Animal Planet and I loved it, still do.

A great TV movie about how teens can get a second chance at a ranch called "Circle Hope Ranch" owned by former marine and cop named J.T. Hope. A movie with a great message about life lessons and that how people can learn somethings about themselves and learn for their mistakes and learn to earn their keep. The 3 teens who get sent to Circle Hope Ranch do later on better themselves with the help of J.T. Hope, and with Hope's ranch hands Shorty, and Colt.

Bruce Boxleitner is awesome as J.T. Hope. I always been a fan of Bruce Boxleitner, he was always awesome in the 1980s hit TV series "Scarecrow & Mrs. King" and in the 1990s hit science fiction TV series "Babylon 5" as Captain/President John Sheridan and his role in the hit 1982 Walt Disney film "Tron" as Alan Bradley/Tron and the 2010 sequel "Tron: Legacy".

A great cast in this TV movie, Lorenzo Lamas is awesome as Colt Webb, a former juvenile delinquent who bettered himself with the help of J.T. Hope.

Barry Corbin is awesome as Shorty, a good friend of J.T. Hope.

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