Annapolis 2006 PG-13 CC

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(104) IMDb 5.8/10
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A poor young man dreams of attending the U.S. Naval Academy.

Starring:
James Franco, Tyrese Gibson
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Annapolis

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Product Details

Genres Sports, Drama, Romance
Director Justin Lin
Starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson
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

This film has a great story and great acting.
KevinB
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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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 David Sanchez on February 4, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: DVD
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.
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