The Junction Boys (2002)

The Junction Boys





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Long before his legendary association with the Alabama Crimson Tide, football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was athletic director at Texas A&M University. In this made for TV movie, the hard-as-nails Bryant (played by Tom Berenger) shepherds 100 potential college football players into the desolate village known as Junction, Texas, in the summer of 1954. Determined to find out which of his boys has the guts and fortitude to play winning football, Bryant forces the applicants to train eight hours a day … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Robe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2003



as Paul `Bear' Bryant

as Skeet Keeler

as Claude Gearheart

as Johnny Haynes

as Smokey Harper

as Mathew Edgerton

as James Smilie

as Perch

as Gilmore

as Mike Hess

as Luke Mason

as Jimmy Nubbs

as Dr. Wiedeman

as Reunion Attendee
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All Critics (2)

A riveting sports drama about the hell legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant called training camp. Tom Berenger is well cast as Bryant.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

October 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Junction Boys

I remember very little about this.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Terrific acting performances by Berenger, Humphrys, and Kwanten, but the characters had no development, there were no "Oh my God!" moments, and it overall wasn't all that exciting.


While this was one of the first ESPN films and set a good tone, it needed more work. Tom Berenger was very good as Bear Bryant but the rest of the actors could not measure up. I think Mike Robe went wrong by focusing too much on the Bear himself. The Bear of course is/was a magnetic figure and the audience would have gravitated toward the Bear naturally. So why not focus more on players and the camaraderie built in the hellish training camp in 1954? The last lines of the film were epic. Bear compared football to war to a World War II veteran and the World War II veteran put the Bear in his place. If that actually happened, I would have shook the veteran's hand. I love football but it is not the military. Definitely worth seeing but it could have been much better.

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