The Junction Boys (2002)
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as Paul `Bear' Bryant
as Skeet Keeler
as Claude Gearheart
as Johnny Haynes
as Smokey Harper
as Mathew Edgerton
as James Smilie
as Mike Hess
as Luke Mason
as Jimmy Nubbs
as Dr. Wiedeman
as Reunion Attendee
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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.
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.
I remember very little about this.
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