When he won a coveted admission spot to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, local kid Jake Huard (James Franco, “James Dean”) thought all his dreams had come true – but his battle to become the man he wants to be is only just beginning.

Now, uncertain if a regular kid from a poor blue collar family can fit into the Academy’s pressure-cooker atmosphere, and barely making the grade as a Freshman “plebe,” Jake (James Franco) has one last shot at proving he has what it takes to become an officer in an institution that boasts a venerable 137-year history of focused discipline and determined excellence.

With nothing left to lose, Jake decides to enter the notoriously fierce Navy boxing competition known as the Brigade Championships – and face off against his arch-nemesis, Midshipman Lt. Cole (Tyrese Gibson).

Everything Jake has ever hoped for stands in the balance: the chance to make his father proud, to validate his lieutenant’s faith in him, to stand up for his fellow plebes, and most of all, to forge a different future. Directed by critically acclaimed indie director Justin Lin (“Better Luck Tomorrow”), comes this exhilarating comeback story of a courageous young sailor who discovers that some opportunities in life are worth fighting for.

Jake’s fellow classmates are comprised of a dynamic young cast that includes Jordana Brewster as the alluringly tough, female commander who helps to train Jake; Donnie Wahlberg as Lt. Cmdr. Burton, the officer who first decides to take a chance on Jake; and Chi McBride as the boxing coach who takes Jake from amateur swinger to focused warrior.

CAST James Franco Tyrese Gibson Jordana Brewster Donnie Wahlberg Chi McBride Vicellous Shannon

DIRECTOR Justin Lin

WRITTEN BY Dave Collard

PRODUCERS Mark Vahradian Damien Saccani

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Steve Nicolaides

TOUCHSTONE PICTURES Genre: Drama
Release Date: Fall 2005

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