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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul 'Bear' Bryant
Johnny Haynes
Skeet Keeler
Claude Gearheart
Smokey Harper
Luke Mason
Mike Hess
Coach Gilmore
Coach Betch
Recruiting Coach
Dwayne Hess
Nervous Alum
Kim Knuckey ...
Good Ol' Boy Alum


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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Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

14 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Jogadores do Texas  »

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Did You Know?


With the movie being filmed in Australia, virtually all of the young men playing prospective Aggie football players were Australian. Therefore, all of the Texas accents - as convincing as they might've been - were indeed fake. See more »


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 »


Bear Bryant: [as Hinshaw's broken arm is being mended] Serves you right for getting married, Hinshaw. All your football's runnin' out the end of your prick!
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 9 October 2015 (2015) See more »

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School of Hard Knocks
7 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know what makes this film truly great? It's the unspoken, unwritten bond that develops between a coach and his team, despite whatever differences may separate them.

It's about respect.

It's about trust.

It's about winning attitude, sacrifice, and the price people are willing to pay for a shot at glory.

This is an insightful movie, especially for those who know nothing about the legendary Coach Bryant.

The acting is superb and the story is what it is, a story about an isolated football camp in the blistering heat of Junction City, Texas.

Players were put through a meat grinder in Junction, but in the end, their respect shines bright, and that's the premise.

I watch this film every football season, and I accept it for what it is. It's not the best football movie ever made, but it is a must-see for any football fan, or even anyone who maybe knows nothing about Bryant and his methods. Bear Bryant is a legend and he should be remembered (well, he should be remembered well beyond the scope of just this film). He did win multiple national championships at Alabama and this movie doesn't touch on that, but this movie isn't Bryant-specific; this is about the 8 grueling days of Junction and all those who participated.

My hope with this review is to compel you to watch this film and ignore the negative critique's. This film is what it is, and anyone expecting something more should write a different film.

Thanks, and enjoy.

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