AnnapolisDirector: Justin Lin
A poor but ambitious young man strives to make good in one of the most competitive institutions on Earth in this military drama. Jake Huard (James Franco) is a young man from a small Maryland town who grew up in a blue-collar family with few opportunities. Wanting to make something of himself after completing high school, Jake set his sights on attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he narrowly makes the cut and becomes one of the 1,200 applicants selected for the freshman class. Jake finds that life as a "plebe" is intellectually challenging and physically punishing, and he soon develops a powerful adversary in Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson), his training commander, who pushes Jake to the limit to see if he has what it takes. Standing on the razor's edge of failing as both a student and a soldier, Jake makes a brave but dangerous gesture toward proving himself by entering the Brigade Championships, a Naval boxing competition where he'll go into the ring against the best fighters in the Navy -- including Lt. Cole. Jake soon has one person on his side when he strikes up a friendship with Ali (Jordana Brewster), a pretty young officer who believes Jake has what it takes to go the distance. Annapolis also stars Donnie Wahlberg, Chi McBride, and Vicellous Shannon; the film was directed by Justin Lin, who debuted with the acclaimed independent feature Better Luck Tomorrow.
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- Touchstone / Disney
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|James Franco||Jake Huard|
|Donnie Wahlberg||Lt. Cmdr. Burton|
|Gloria Gresham||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Vincent Lascoumes||Asst. Director|
|Danny Mitchell||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Steve Nicolaides||Executive Producer|
|Patti Podesta||Production Designer|
|John Stifanich||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Christopher Tandon||Art Director|
|Brian Tyler||Score Composer|
1. Stay Away [3:21]
2. The Academy [7:35]
3. Naval Officer [2:33]
4. Lieutenant Cole [6:52]
5. Restricted Diet [7:12]
6. Persons of Integrity [4:31]
7. Cheap Shot [4:55]
8. On Break [9:31]
9. Huard Present [5:27]
10. Training for Brigades [9:55]
11. The Brigades [5:28]
12. Semifinals [3:48]
13. Obstacle Course [6:19]
14. Mississippi [4:26]
15. The Finals [15:22]
16. End Credits [5:55]
Plebe Year: The Story of Annapolis
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Penny Sweating/Risa Thanks Jake
Smoker at the Graveyard
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Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
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This movie was a complete waste of my time. Stereotypical characters abound and the acting is second-rate. You get to see nothing of the real town of Annapolis which is a great disappointment.
This is a good film. The characters are well done, believable, not exaggerated. There is more than enough excitement and suspense. I wondered what the academies would be like with women. I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1971, well before women were admitted. If this is an acurate tail, then some of the severe hazing I remember is still in place. Good film. Recommend it.
Acting was amateurish at best, story was boring, and characters weren’t developed enough. There was a lot of potential in the movie but none of it was realized.
I live in Maryland and love visiting Annapolis. You get to see NOTHING of the town in this boring movie. I'm sorry I wasted my time. It was unrealistic. How can you hit your superior TWICE and not get thrown out ? Especially when they kick out another guy for not showering ? And there is no way an overweight guy would have made it into the Academy like the previous reviewer stated. Uninteresting. Pass on this one.
This is my top reason for watching this movie!!
When a film is entitled ANNAPOLIS one expects to see something that resembles or in some part reflects the title. Unfortunately, this is based on a small, twice-told story rendered in what appears to be a Frankenscript made up from parts of other scripts from feature films superior to it. It's a superficial story at that. It's also obvious that the neither writer nor director served in either the US Navy or the USN Marines Division, nor apparently bothered to hire a knowledgeable consultant for it lacks authenticity and is marred by technical errors. For example, there's a line where Midshipman Cole (well played by the striking Tyrese Gibson) a former Marine that we later learn will return to the Marines after graduating Annapolis refers to himself as a "soldier." This is a rather grinding mistake because no Sailor or Marine ever refers to himself as a soldier even while intoxicated and spouting philosophic euphemisms. It just never happens. Perhaps the most glaring error is the entire writing of the "Twins" character (once again very well played by Vicellous Reon Shannon) who is an overweight, physically unqualified plebe. In truth the entry examination for Annapolis is done in two parts and one part covers an entire day on physical qualifications that all candidates must pass. Physically unqualified students are never found at the Naval Academy. The part should simply have never been written as it is. The idea itself obviously comes from any number of old boot camp films where it not only happens but where this characterization has long ago become trite. At this writing I do not know why the picture was not made at Annapolis itself but this fact encompasses an entire basket of missed opportunities. If one were to entitle a film ANNAPOLIS the story might have been told similarly to John Ford's THE LONG GRAY LINE (1955) where through the experience of one man we get the emotional impact and historicity of West Point. USNA Annapolis is one of the greatest institutions of the United States, having been officially created in 1850. Its grounds and buildings are stunning when one sees the parades of midshipmen pass in review. There is nothing in this film that comes close to illustrating or in any way demonstrating the glory of the Academy. Boxing, which is the highlight of this unfortunate film is but a small aspect of life there. Yet, the activity eats up the entire conclusion of this film. Better to have named it, "Rocky's Younger, Midshipman Brother." There is one small plus side however, the cast is always engaging and talented so what little is there is salvaged by their performances. If you want see a strong melodrama about the trails and tribulations of a young man's aspirations to become a naval officer, see the original movie. However, if you have the chance to see "Annapolis", you would be well advised to pass on the opportunity.