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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
Matt Edgerton ...
Jimmy Nubbs (as Matthew Edgerton)
David Webb ...
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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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Interesting sports tale that sucked this non-sports fan in.
26 December 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I'm not really a football fan but even *I've* heard of the great Bear Bryant. I didn't know how interesting I'd find this film, but found myself sucked in by it. I cared about the Junction boys, worried about them, and was shocked at what they had to endure. I stuck it to the end of the film, because I cared about their fate. I also was intrigued by the character of Bear Bryant. What was the deal with him? Why was he so tough and mean? What portion of this meanness was justified, and what wasn't?

I thought all the acting was pretty good. I confess I admired Tom Berenger's willingness to be seen looking rather "seedy". He still has the looks to play a leading man, (a middle-aged leading man, sure, but leading man nonetheless). So to be seen looking pot bellied, sweaty and a little dissipated was a bold and daring move, in my opinion. And he does a good job in his role; his accent is authentic, his tough meanness (and then humble contrition) is effective.

Nick Tate was excellent as Bryant's hard-drinking, grizzled assistant and I really got a kick out of him. The character of Johnny (Bernard Curry) especially made an impression. His sincere devotion to the game and his self-sacrificing willingness to put up with almost *any* abuse amazed me, and I especially found myself touched by his story.

I don't know much about football, and I certainly won't present myself as an expert on the story of Bear Bryant or Texas A & M. But I found this tale to be interesting enough.


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