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The Junction Boys

4.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Berenger, Bernard Curry, Fletcher Humphrys, Ryan Kwanten, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009W5F7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Junction Boys" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Coach Bear Bryant began his storied career at Texas A & M before moving to the University of Alabama. In this video, Bryant pushes his athletes beyond the brink, far beyond the realm of sanity. If coaches,now, began training camp like this, they would be fired before training camp ended; however, the Junction Boys gives us an idea of how far Bryant would push the envelope, and more importantly, how the boys would respond. The ending shows the respect the players had for their coach decades later; it is apparent that both sides grew in understanding of the human spirit as time passes.
An excellent film...
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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. This story takes place early in his career, and tells a story about a man learning how to coach. If you love college football you will enjoy this. If you remember Bear Bryant and watched football during the time that he was coaching you will LOVE it!
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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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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 too much. I guess at home he wasn't like that!
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