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The Junction Boys (2002)

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.


Mike Robe


Jim Dent (book), Mike Robe (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Paul 'Bear' Bryant
Bernard Curry ... Johnny Haynes
Fletcher Humphrys ... Skeet Keeler
Ryan Kwanten ... Claude Gearheart
Nick Tate ... Smokey Harper
Ewen Leslie ... Luke Mason
Luke Ford ... Perch
Josef Ber ... Pine
Ryan Johnson ... Mike Hess
Mark Lee ... Coach Gilmore
Andy Anderson Andy Anderson ... Coach Betch
Martin Grelis Martin Grelis ... Recruiting Coach
James Smillie ... Dwayne Hess
Alan Dukes ... Nervous Alum
Kim Knuckey 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Jogadores do Texas See more »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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: [after several raps on the door] Is that a knock, or you humpin' the keyhole?
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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 toadwriterSee 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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