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Annapolis [WS] [DVD] [2006]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary
    • "Plebe Year: The Story of Annapolis" - the making of the movie
    • "The Brigades" - an in-depth look at the boxing sequences, including training, choreography and camera techniques
    • Filmmaker audio commentary
    • Closed Captioned


    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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • James Franco
      James Franco - Jake Huard
    • Tyrese Gibson
      Tyrese Gibson - Cole
    • Jordana Brewster
      Jordana Brewster - Ali
    • Donnie Wahlberg
      Donnie Wahlberg - Lt. Cmdr. Burton
    • Vicellous Shannon
      Vicellous Shannon - Twins

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      good movie


      n many ways, this film seemed more realistic and believable than "An Officer and a Gentleman". I remember a scene in "An Officer and a Gentleman" where Lou Gosset Jr's character has a bare-fisted fight with Richard Gere. Both of them fight as if they were martial arts experts. First of all it's highly unlikely that they would know how to fight like that and also both the Sergeant and the Officer candidate would be kicked out of the school for hurting each other like that. In this film, there is fighting but it's believable in that it's in the boxing ring. When fighting does happen outside of the ring however there are consequences. Another thing is that people in leadership roles in the military (particularly for special units and schools) will almost never put pressure on a candidate to give up. If the candidate can't meet the high standards, it's only a matter of time before he will drop out or be dropped. In this film Tyrese Gibson's character (the company comander) is at odds with James Franco the plebe, but he doesn't go great lengths to try to get him to quit like is done "An Officer and a Gentleman". Actually, the company comander gives James Franco's character a big break which made the film for me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've only seen this movie once, but thought it was so good, I wanted to own it for my video library. This is one of those great "over coming the odds, and rising to the occasion movies", that has you cheering in the end.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Shipping was fast and product in great condition. Really enjoy this movie and have actually shown it in my classroom a few times in the past with good dicussions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      This movie is highly underrated. It has a good story and the cast is really good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Navy Film


      When I had saw this film I knew I had to have it!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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