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Annapolis (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 27 January 2006 (USA)
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Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.

Director:

Justin Lin

Writer:

David Collard (as Dave Collard)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Jake Huard
Macka Foley Macka Foley ... Ref
Jim Parrack ... AJ
Donnie Wahlberg ... Lt. Burton
Brian Goodman ... Bill Huard
Billy Finnigan Billy Finnigan ... Kevin
Jordana Brewster ... Ali
Katie Hein ... Risa
Jimmy Lin Jimmy Lin ... Midshipman Lin (as Jimmy Yi Fu Lin)
Charles Napier ... Supt. Carter
Heather Henderson ... Daniels
Vicellous Shannon ... Twins
Roger Fan ... Loo
McCaleb Burnett ... Whitaker
Wilmer Calderon ... Estrada
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Storyline

Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'd make it to Annapolis 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 unsupportive father's gloating returns just in time. Stubborn Jake finds support with mates as well as Ali, his lover-to-be, and a discipline he may excel in: the 'brigade' boxing tournament, open to all ranks. Written by KGF Vissers

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Where Heroes Are Born And Legends Are Made. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Annapolis - Ahol a hősök születnek See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,681,171, 29 January 2006

Gross USA:

$17,127,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,496,992
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson have worked together along with director Justin Lin in the Fast and Furious franchise. Brian Goodman and Zachery Ty Bryan also appeared in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). See more »

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The order of the eight count body builders is incorrect in the training sequences. See more »

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Jake Huard: What are you looking at? Porn?
Twins: It's not porn.
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Not quite Annapolis
27 January 2006 | by merrywoodSee all my reviews

When a film is entitled ANNAPOLIS one expects to see something that resembles or in some part reflects the title. Unfortunately, this is based on a small, twice-told story rendered in what appears to be a Frankenscript made up from parts of other scripts from feature films superior to it. It's a superficial story at that. It's also obvious that the neither writer nor director served in either the US Navy or the USN Marines Division, nor apparently bothered to hire a knowledgeable consultant for it lacks authenticity and is marred by technical errors. For example, there's a line where Midshipman Cole (well played by the striking Tyrese Gibson) a former Marine that we later learn will return to the Marines after graduating Annapolis refers to himself as a "soldier." This is a rather grinding mistake because no Sailor or Marine ever refers to himself as a soldier even while intoxicated and spouting philosophic euphemisms. It just never happens.

Perhaps the most glaring error is the entire writing of the "Twins" character (once again very well played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) who is an overweight, physically unqualified plebe. In truth the entry examination for Annapolis is done in two parts and one part covers an entire day on physical qualifications that all candidates must pass. Physically unqualified students are never found at the Naval Academy. The part should simply have never been written as it is. The idea itself obviously comes from any number of old boot camp films where it not only happens but where this characterization has long ago become trite.

At this writing I do not know why the picture was not made at Annapolis itself but this fact encompasses an entire basket of missed opportunities. If one were to entitle a film ANNAPOLIS the story might have been told similarly to John Ford's THE LONG GRAY LINE (1955) where through the experience of one man we get the emotional impact and historicity of West Point. USNA Annapolis is one of the greatest institutions of the United States, having been officially created in 1850. Its grounds and buildings are stunning when one sees the parades of midshipmen pass in review. There is nothing in this film that comes close to illustrating or in any way demonstrating the glory of the Academy. Boxing, which is the highlight of this unfortunate film is but a small aspect of life there. Yet, the activity eats up the entire conclusion of this film. Better to have named it, "Rocky's Younger, Midshipman Brother."

There is one small plus side; however, the cast is always engaging and talented so what little is there is salvaged by their performances. For those of us who were disappointed by this amateurish, non-visionary production we hope that the film will play well with the younger school-age audiences. It's not a total loss.


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