The Junction Boys (2002)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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 in 120 degree heat, without food or water. Ultimately, only 35 players make the cut, among them such gridiron luminaries as Gene Stallings and Jack Pardee (though, outside of Bryant, none of the players' actual names is mentioned in the script). "Bear"'s grueling regimen is tough, relentless and perhaps unfair, but the football players emerge as a unified whole, dedicated both to victory and to their tireless coach. The second feature film produced especially for the ESPN cable network, The Junction Boys was based on the book by Jim Dent, and originally aired on December 14, 2002.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Television
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Orly Adelson Productions


Tom Berenger
as Paul `Bear' Bryant
Fletcher Humphrys
as Skeet Keeler
Ryan Kwanten
as Claude Gearheart
Bernard Curry
as Johnny Haynes
Nick Tate
as Smokey Harper
Jimmy Nubbs
as Mathew Edgerton
Dwayne Hess
as James Smilie
Luke Ford
as Perch
Mark Lee
as Gilmore
Josef Ber
as Pine
Ryan Johnson
as Mike Hess
Ewen Leslie
as Luke Mason
Mathew Edgerton
as Jimmy Nubbs
David Webb
as Dr. Wiedeman
Peter Hansen
as Reunion Attendee
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for The Junction Boys

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

Quote not available.

October 4, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Junction Boys


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.

Nate McNamara
Nate McNamara

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.

Christopher Staaf
Christopher Staaf

I remember very little about this.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

The Junction Boys Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Junction Boys on our Movie forum!

News & Features