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The Junction Boys (2002)

Tom Berenger , Fletcher Humphrys , Mike Robe  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Fletcher Humphrys, Ryan Kwanten, Bernard Curry, Nick Tate
  • Directors: Mike Robe
  • Writers: Mike Robe, Jim Dent
  • Producers: Adam J. Sher, Eric M. Bennett, James Dalthorp, John H. Williams, Jonathan Eskenas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009W5F7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Junction Boys" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "SportsCentury" feature on Paul Bear Bryant
  • "Outside the Lines: The Real Junction Boys"

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Tom Berenger leads an outstanding cast in this bone-crunching dramatization of legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's debut at Texas A&M in the summer of 1954. The often unnerving story finds Bryant ducking the school's good ol' boy network of rich, influential alumni by spiriting his new team away to a makeshift training base in a tiny town called Junction. There, Bryant runs the equivalent of a POW camp, brutalizing an oversized, underdeveloped bunch of rowdy young men and tormenting those who seek medical attention for cracked spines and deadly heat exhaustion. Berenger delivers a warts-and-all performance as the vulgar, monstrous, yet much-respected Bryant, and the direction by seasoned television vet Mike Robe (Son of the Morning Star) is brisk and almost explosively charged. Whatever one thinks of Bryant's punishing methods, the film does not flinch from telling its powerful tale. --Tom Keogh

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The Junction Boys

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What I saw happen... February 14, 2006
Format:DVD
I first watched this movie while working as a Behavioral Health worker with borderline criminial Adolecents age 12-17. A fellow co-worker brought the film in as a suprise "treat movie" for the kids.

In all my years (there have been many) I have never seen a reaction to a film from this population in all my life. The story of the team and Mr. Bryant and how it wa portrayed in this film made the kids begin to think of their own lives , and how they could do better for people.

It was a strange reaction to this film, but it truly moved them and myself.

As far as the film itself goes Berringer is great as is the support cast and the studio did an excellent job. I have heard the book is even better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Movie January 3, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
This movie really shows the tough practices at Junction with Bear Bryant. It was a very good movie and the story was great. The book is alot more descriptive, and the movie and book both share a story that will be remembered for a long time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars for the movie. 5 stars for the extra features. December 31, 2006
By F.J
Format:DVD
The extra features on this disk are well worth the price but the movie itself is full of holes. Too much is left out. Paul Bryant comes out looking like a bad guy here which I'm sure doesn't sit well with many college football fans. The extra features however are excellent. The ESPN presentations of Sports Century and The Real Junction Boys alone make this a worthy addition for any football fan. If you are interested in this story buy the book. It's much more informative and portrays Bryant in a much better and understandable light. Was he mean? Yes! Was he ornery? Always! But you will understand why he became this way at this point in his career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and I hope Historical November 7, 2007
Format:DVD
I enjoyed the Junction Boys DVD as I have lived during this time period. My son, who plays HS football now, did not like it. He felt like the camp in Junction was cruel and unusual punishment. From a historical point of view I remember things like this happening during that time in our history. I know coaches did things differently then; I am glad we have grown as humans since then. I also was pleased at how the movie ended. I have read the biography of Paul "Bear" Bryant and feel that the movie did a good job of depicting him as a man and coach of a time past. I was entertained and so it is a good movie in my estimation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine sports film................. June 6, 2005
Format:DVD
There is nothing about this movie that sugar coats what happened at junction in 1954. Even coach bryant knew that he went too far and was too rigid with his rules and standards. So rigid that even players who were sick and injured from the ordeal were not allowed to stay on the team if they couldn't practice. After A&M lost their first game in a blow out bryant said "that one was on me" because the players were too beat up. That 1-9 season was bryant's only losing season ever! Understand the historical significance? The greatest college coach ever had a 1-9 team because of junction!

We need to have a historical perspective here. First of all texas a&m was not a small school. It is a big time major football school with a long history of winning. Back in the 1950s and even into the 60s it was not uncommon for coaches to work their players half to death in searing heat with no water. They believed then that it toughened them up. Read about bud wilkinson at oklahoma and you see the same thing. Also at that time you had a lot of walk ons. Students who played high school football but didn't get a scholarship trying out for the team. These walk ons were treated very cruel as a means of thinning them out quickly. That happened here but it happened everywhere.

This is a movie about survival under incredibly tough circumstances. The fact that those circumstances were forced upon them doesn't change that. Bryant loved those 35 men because he knew he pushed them too hard; because he knew he went too far. That is why he wore that ring to his grave And most of those 35 men loved him. The movie depicts a legendary 70 year old coach nervous like a school girl ready to meet these men 25 years later. He doesn't know how many would be there or how they would respond to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one happy customer April 7, 2014
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exactly as shown, great service, his is one great movie, covers a part of Bear Bryants history most people don't know about
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story January 14, 2014
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I like the this story, but I am an old school coach myself. It reminds me of the young boys that I coached and then watched go off to war. Few of todays athletes would endure such abuse, and it was abusive, but listening to the interviews of the survivors that is included in the DVD, it is obvious that they have a special love for this coach, Bear Bryant. The selflessness that these boys learned became a virture that carried them through life. Even though that lesson was learned from brutal challenges, most of them did not seem bitter. Imagine what it was like to graduate from high school and then get drafted to go fight in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, or any war for that matter. Life can be tough, and to grow up as strong men, boys need a disciplined (but not abusive) upbringing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome November 15, 2013
By Jake
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This shows what the heart of football is all about. The respect you learn for each other. Its a must see in today's politically correct world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good snippet of info about how things were during that camp. I happen to know one of the Original Junction boys! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Just the movie I was looking for my boyfriends birthday, he is a Bama fan and he is happy! Roll tide!
Published 5 months ago by jeff grimm
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bear and his Boys
My grandson is a big Alabama fan so we gave this to him for his birthday. He watched it almost immediately!
Published 6 months ago by Cajungirl
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
one of my favorite movies and it is an awesome story about the bear's time at Texas A&M. This is a must watch movie for everyone
Published 7 months ago by Nick DiDonato
3.0 out of 5 stars Junction Boys
Wanted to see this movie since I am a Texan and A & M is my favorite college team, but this movie was just ok. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. M. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars The book was better!
The movie was good also, but so was the movie where Gary Busey played The Bear! The family pulled that movie three days after it opened because it portrayed Coach Bryant as cussing... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Firefox J
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear Bryant
Good movie - Interesting story about Bear Bryant it's truly a wonder these kids survived to play the game and learn to respect the coach.
Published 13 months ago by GmaJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul "Bear" Bryant
Even though I grew up a UGA fan and eventually went to college there, during my formative years Bear Bryant dominated the college football scene like few others. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Speedy
5.0 out of 5 stars A-one service.
First disc would not play. They sent another and a return postage paid envelope for the defect disc. Would definitely use it again.
Published 14 months ago by ';EVELYN THE FINDEROUTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bear Bryant
While it was not completely true, that is the way it is with movies. However Tom Berenger did an excellent job and the movie gets to real meat of how football was coached in those... Read more
Published 15 months ago by O. L. Williamson Jr.
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