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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.

Director:

Mike Robe

Writers:

Jim Dent (book), Mike Robe (teleplay)
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Cast

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 ... Coach Betch
Martin Grelis ... Recruiting Coach
James Smillie ... Dwayne Hess
Alan Dukes ... Nervous Alum
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ... Good Ol' Boy Alum
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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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Drama | Sport

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

A sign reads "Texas A&M University". Texas A&M did not become a "university" until 1962. In the 1950s, it was called "Texas A&M College." See more »

Quotes

Bear Bryant: [Johnny Haynes gets knocked over] No, no, no! Haynes, you rinky-dink! Get up!
[grabs Haynes by the pads]
Bear Bryant: A senior, and you don't know how to whip a block? Give me a three-point stance!
Bear Bryant: Blow the whistle, coach!
[the whistle blows; Bryant knocks Haynes down hard]
Bear Bryant: That's how you do it! Son, you have got to get down low underneath your man and straighten him up!
[turns to the players]
Bear Bryant: Now I am sick and tired of this playing grab-ass!
[notices Watts without his helmet on]
Bear Bryant: Watts, you puke! Why is your hat off?
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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 9 October 2015 (2015) See more »

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Interesting sports tale that sucked this non-sports fan in.
26 December 2002 | by lacrescentaSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Jogadores do Texas See more »

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Color:

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