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The Junction Boys (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sport  -  14 December 2002 (USA)
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Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives.

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Paul 'Bear' Bryant
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Skeet Keeler
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Claude Gearheart
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Johnny Haynes
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Smokey Harper
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Perch
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Pine
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Mike Hess
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Welch
Mark Lee ...
Gilmore
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Betch
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Luke Mason
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Jimmy Nubbs (as Matthew Edgerton)
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Dr. Wiedeman
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Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives.

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Gene Stallings, a Junction Boy who later went on to coach at Texas A&M, in the NFL with with the St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals and then at Alabama, disputed the way both "The Junction Boys" book and movie portrayed Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. In a September 2006 interview with Tuscaloosa Magazine, Stallings had this to say: "Junction, Texas, was tough, but I didn't like the way the book...and movie portrayed Coach Bryant. He wasn't brutal; he was tough. That's a big difference. He wanted to bring us together, away from distractions, unite the team." See more »

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During one of the practice scenes at Junction, a current-day, padded belt designed to protect the ribs can be seen underneath a players' jersey. This piece of football equipment was not available in 1954. See more »

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Pine: [to Gearhart] Hey, me and some of the other fellas heard you tellin' off Smokey Harper. Not real smart, Gearheart. But what you said, you said for a lot of us.
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Lots of Potential - Lots of Disappointment - Come on, ESPN
27 January 2003 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that Tom Beringer is an outstanding and under rated actor of the highest regard. His performance as a ruthless coach is on a par with his role in Platoon.

THAT SAID...

This ESPN film is a disgusting excuse for entertainment. It had the potential to be the Full Metal Jacket of football movies. Instead, it should be put in a metal jacket and thrown out of a moving vehicle somewhere near Junction, Texas.

You sit through the hell camp pre-season, and then are left only to return to the "modern" Bryant reminiscing and looking at clippings of the horrible year A&M had following that initial "Camp".

I recommend watching right up until they get off the bus in Junction. If you do that, you will have seen what I think ESPN was hoping to inject - football is king in Texas. After that it's a death camp "documentary" of the inhumane and insane. That would be fine if there were some resolution like seeing them perform on the field - doing to opponents what Bryant did to them, but sorry - they sucked.

This movie sucks too.

Remember the Titans is a much more worthwhile effort.


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