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Code Breakers (2005)

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In 1951, a cheating scandal rocks West Point academy, as eighty-three cadets -- including the son of the school's football coach (Scott Glenn) -- are implicated and ultimately dismissed.


Rod Holcomb


G. Ross Parker (teleplay), Bill McWilliams (book)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Brian Nolan (as Zachery Bryan)
Jeff Roop ... George Holbrook
Jake Busey ... Straub
Corey Sevier ... Bob Blaik
Theo Rossi ... Desantis
Robin Dunne ... Trager
Adam Grimes ... Culpepper
Jude Ciccolella ... Commandant Paul D. Harkins
Dan Petronijevic ... Corely
Richard Zeppieri ... Asst. Coach Vince Lombardi
Scott Glenn ... Coach Earl 'Red' Blaik
Jeremy Akerman ... General MacArthur
John Bourgeois ... Major General Frederick A. Irving
Jennifer Dale ... Mrs. Nolan
James Downing ... Colonel Collins


In 1951, a cheating scandal rocks West Point academy, as eighty-three cadets -- including the son of the school's football coach (Scott Glenn) -- are implicated and ultimately dismissed.

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At West Point, Honor Is A Code That Must Never Be Broken


Drama | Family | Sport



Official Sites:

ESPN [United States]





Release Date:

10 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Ehrenkodex See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is based on a true story. See more »


During the film strip scene Glenn uses the term "sack the quarterback" That term was not used until the 60's (attributed to either Deacon Jones or George Allan). He should have used the term "dump the quarterback" See more »


Brian Nolan: I see. Tell the truth but not too loud, right dad?
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References Twelve O'Clock High (1949) See more »

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Worth watching again and again!
2 January 2012 | by Little-MikeySee all my reviews

The DVD is made by ESPN Home Entertainment. It was probably featured on ESPN. So those who are either indifferent or just plain not interested in sports, would likely pass on this movie, which would be a shame because this movie is much more than "just another movie with a sports related theme". While the movie has a sports related theme, namely Army football, the story is rooted in the keeping of the honor code, a code that must never be broken. Loyalty is also a code that must never be broken. The movie, which is based on a true story, is about a group of cadets at West Point who after operating a cheating ring so they could play football for the greatest team in the country and maintain their grade average, are forced to choose between honor (a cadet never cheats) and loyalty (a cadet never betrays the trust of his fellow cadets). A lot of research went into this movie and a lot of homework was done to make this movie as authentic as possible, successfully capturing West Point as it was in 1950, complete with haircuts, uniforms, etc. I had to give this movie an 8 only because Harkins' ribbons were worn out of order and his collar device was worn wrong. As a (Go Navy) retiree, I have seen ribbon infractions on high ranking officers. So maybe I shouldn't be too hard on the make up crew for allowing the uniform infractions on Harkins' uniform. This is an excellent movie that could be watched over and over again.

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