In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with ... See full summary »
Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'ld make it to Anapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman, he's selected despite dubious grades. Once inside, Jake soon proves sub-standard academically. Constantly challenged to his limits, repeatedly made the 'over-cocky' reason for the entire class to suffer, Jake nearly quits, but after facing his utterly un-supportive father's gloating returns just in time. Stubborn Jake finds support withs mates as well as Senor Ali, his lover-to-be, and a discipline he may excel in: the 'brigade' boxing tournament, open to all ranks. Written by
At least one exterior scene taking place in Washington, DC was actually filmed on the grounds of Girard College in Philadelphia, founded in 1848. See more »
Cole describes himself as a "soldier". A Marine or former Marine would NEVER describe himself or herself as a "soldier", because a "soldier" refers to someone in the Army. A Marine would describe himself or herself as a "Marine". See more »
As a graduate of the US Naval Academy, this movie was disappointing. It depicts the academy in a manner far from reality. Read the comments of the USNA Superintendent posted on IMDb and come to your own conclusion. The Academy offered its support to help make a film true to the ideals and environment of USNA but was turned down by the film makers.
If you are looking for a realistic portrayal of the US service academies, their values and mission, this movie misses the mark in a big way. If you're just looking for a good yarn, it won't satisfy in that regard either.
An accurate and compelling story could have been told with sets and context true to Annapolis and might just have been a money maker for the production company as well as a positive message for the Navy.
Unfortunate, as these times call for strong leadership and excellence in the role our military occupies on the world stage, and that story deserves accuracy, not Hollywood fantasy.
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