Annapolis 2006 PG-13 CC

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A poor young man dreams of attending the U.S. Naval Academy.

Starring:
James Franco, Macka Foley
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

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Annapolis

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Drama, Romance
Director Justin Lin
Starring James Franco, Macka Foley
Supporting actors Jim Parrack, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Goodman, Billy Finnigan, Jordana Brewster, Katie Hein, Jimmy Lin, Charles Napier, Heather Henderson, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Roger Fan, McCaleb Burnett, Wilmer Calderon, Tyrese Gibson, Chi McBride, Cynthia Webb, Matt Myers, Lisa Crilley
Studio Touchstone Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It borrows far too much from far too many other films.
Andrew Ellington
I will start this review by saying Annapolis is not a bad film, that however does not necessarily mean that it's a good film either.
Bryan A. Pfleeger
He is a loner, doesn't ask for help--so you know a valuable life lesson will need to be learned.
K. Harris

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Williams on May 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Younger fans of Hollywood films will no doubt give this movie the thumbs up. But for those Hollywood film fans old enough to remember the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentleman" starring Richard Gere, "Annapolis" is a poor imitation. "An Officer and a Gentleman" told the melodramatic story of Zack Mayo, played by Richard Gere, whose self-absorption came into harsh conflict with the communitarian values of his drill instructor Emil Foley played by Lou Gossett Jr . The extra-curricular affair between Zack and a local girl served to illuminate his self-interested attitude in which the interests of others were held in little regard. Only after Mayo's best friend Sid Worley commited suicide over an unhappy romance did Zack come out of his culturally-programmed adolescence and then mature into adulthood.

That said, younger audiences will like the melodramatic plot of "Annapolis". James Franco plays Jake Huard, an amateur boxer and shipyard worker who wants to climb the class ladder to become a midshipman. And this is where Jake Huard parts company with his predecessor Zack Mayo. Zack Mayo was always officer material, just pre-absorbed with getting ahead and not taking notice that others were trying to get ahead also. Jake Huard, however, is in search of his estranged father's approval and determines to suffer whatever it takes to become an officer. Whereas Mayo matured into an officer, Huard remains a self-absorbed boxer in a Navy uniform - although less self-absorbed because he is able to get the monkey off his back and win his father's approval.

In a style reminiscent of "Boom Boom" Mancini, Huard battered his Congressperson with requests for over 30 days straight in order to secure a letter of recommendation to Annapolis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Smith on February 23, 2013
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Even thou he was in several things before Annapolis, I consider this to be James Franco's breakthrough role. Just the training and studying alone, must have been as intense as the film itself. Franco plays Jake Huard, a first year student at the Naval academy. The story takes you inside one the hardest and most secretive schools in America, showing you just what it takes to even make it past your first year. The story itself is very inspirational and the acting is top notch. This isn't just a good film, it's one that you know took a lot out of everyone involved. I was entertained, excited, and inspired by an underdog who just wouldn't give up. This is a tremendous film that fell under the radar, because of a then, unknown cast, but it really is a must see for fans of inspirational, military and sports dramas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy J. on July 24, 2006
Format: DVD
I don't understand why all the reviews of this film seem to be bad. It was well acted by James Franco and Tyrese Gibson. It was entertaining from start to finish. If you like military school action films then you will definitely like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on August 12, 2006
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James Franco plays Jake Huard, a young man from a shipbuilding family who has looked across the river at Annapolis since he was a boy, and was encouraged by his mother to go there. After his mother's death, Jake received no encouragement from his father, but he persisted in seeking entrance to the academy. Being admitted is only the first hurdle, as the young plebe learns to accept unfair discipline and to watch his friends being harrassed by upperclassmen. He participates in boxing and seeks revenge on a midshipman who has been particularly harsh with him. Other reviews are very unfavorable, but I enjoyed this feel-good story of a poor boy who succeeds against all odds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Sanchez on February 4, 2013
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The plot and sound effects of movie were excellent on Blu-ray, thoroughly enjoyed the entire movie from beginning to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on October 23, 2012
Format: DVD
Jake has entered the Navy Academy to realize his dream. Standing between him and his dream is Midshipman Lt. Cole. Lt. Cole is a veteran Marine and defeating him will be the toughest challenge Jake has ever faced.

I really enjoyed this movie. This film has a great story and great acting. It's is an inspiring tale of determination and courage that will touch almost anyone who watches it. It's definitely worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gassenjunge on September 7, 2012
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This movie had all the right stuff I'd ever expect to see in a highly satisfying movie. Jake Huard was a guy I could've really cared about as a person and I would've done anything for him as a friend. His character - all the characters - were very credible and the storyline couldn't have been stronger. If you're a son or a dad, a member of the military or romantic, you'll easily identify with several of the characters in this high quality production.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2006
Format: DVD
Annapolis is supposed to be a story of the underdog, who rises above the fray to achieve glory, but the movie is riddled with so many clichés and rip-offs and features such an absolutely astounding lack of imagination on behalf of the director Justin Lin, that it becomes almost impossible to take any of it seriously. It doesn't help that for much of the time, Annapolis just can't figure out what it wants to be - a picture about boxing or a hard-edged military drama. I rented it for the beefcake - so go figure.

This competently made but rather bland take on An Officer and A Gentleman and Rocky stars James Franco as the melancholy Jake Huard. Jake is a working-class kid who works with his father (Brian Goodman) on the Annapolis shipyards, drinks beers with his buddies at night, but in reality harbors dreams of attending the Naval Academy across the bay.

Jake is also an amateur boxer, and his undeniable talent in the ring gets the attention of an officer from the Academy. Soon he's admitted into Annapolis and becomes the nemesis of Tyrese Gibson's ex-Marine midshipman Lt. Cole, the film's titular villain but really just a nice guy at heart. Lt. Cole seems determined to undermine Jake as well as prove he's the superior force in the real life Brigade Championships.

The poor Jake - and his "plebe" mates - are forced to undergo all kinds of humiliations in order to toughen them up for officer material, he encounters merciless rules, the dogged and resolute brotherhood, and the unsparing superior Lt. Cole, and the film does do a good job of portraying some of the rigors of training. But all too often the film falls into sadistic stereotyping and much of what we see doesn't always come across as true.
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