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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.

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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 Martin Grelis ... Recruiting Coach
James Smillie ... Dwayne Hess
Alan Dukes ... Nervous Alum
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ... Good Ol' Boy Alum
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Storyline

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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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:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Claude Gearheart: [Johnny has suffered from heat stroke] Smokey! Get some help for Johnny here!
Smokey Harper: Tell him to suck it up.
Claude Gearheart: Well, give him somethin'.
[Smokey pulls an aspirin tablet out of his pocket]
Claude Gearheart: Aspirin?
Smokey Harper: What else you want me to do?
Claude Gearheart: You damn witch doctor! We ain't cattle! Now, you help my buddy!
Smokey Harper: All right, I'll have Luke Mason grab him a bag of ice.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 9 October 2015 (2015) See more »

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27 January 2003 | by klaatu2See all my reviews

We've all seen the "Win One for the Gipper Format". Junction Boys appears to show what would have happened if the Hitler Youth were coached by Jozef Mengele. Bryant's sadism and complete disregard for player safety and health isn't good coaching, it is ego run mad. The intimidation of players and insistence they play with broken vertebrae, and complications from heatstroke doesn't show dedication it shows the power of a cruel leader to abuse his relationship with exploited working class kids. I don't know the later health problems experienced by the Junction Boys but I am voting for "diverse and serious" If this was some attempt to tap into the "Duty Honor Country" vein since 9-11 it missed the mark. Maybe next month ESPN can try a more sweeping epic "The Caligula Boys"


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