Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Annapolis (Touchstone Movie)

“Annapolis” is a drama film released in 2006, directed by Justin Lin. The movie stars James Franco as Jake Huard, a young man from a working-class background who aspires to become a Naval Academy midshipman.

The story follows Jake, who dreams of attending the prestigious United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Despite facing financial and personal challenges, he manages to secure a spot in the academy, fulfilling his lifelong ambition.

Once at the Naval Academy, Jake encounters numerous obstacles, including the rigorous physical and mental demands of training. He also faces the disapproval of his commanding officer, Midshipman Lieutenant Cole (played by Tyrese Gibson), who believes that Jake doesn’t belong and is not up to the task.

Determined to prove himself, Jake trains tirelessly and forms friendships with other midshipmen, including Ali (Jordana Brewster), a fellow recruit with her own ambitions. The film explores themes of perseverance, determination, and camaraderie as Jake navigates the challenges of academy life.

As the story unfolds, Jake’s personal journey is intertwined with the intense training and competition in the annual Brigade Championships, a boxing tournament that becomes a significant test of his resilience and character.

“Annapolis” is a character-driven drama that showcases James Franco’s emotional and physical commitment to his role. The film highlights the values of teamwork and sacrifice among the military trainees, as well as the transformative power of pursuing one’s dreams.

While “Annapolis” received mixed reviews from critics and faced some criticism for its predictable storyline, it resonated with audiences who appreciated its themes of determination and the portrayal of life at a military academy.

The film’s attention to the details of life at the Naval Academy and its portrayal of the challenges faced by aspiring military officers have made it a touchstone for fans of military-themed dramas. “Annapolis” offers an inspiring and emotional look into the journey of a young man determined to prove his worth and fulfill his dreams within the context of a demanding and prestigious institution.

Additional Details


  • James Franco: Midshipman 4th Class Jake Huard
  • Tyrese Gibson: Midshipman 1st Class/2nd Lieutenant Matthew Cole
  • Jordana Brewster: Midshipman 2nd Class Ali
  • Vicellous Reon Shannon: “Twins”\Marcus Nance
  • Roger Fan: Loo
  • Wilmer Calderon: Estrada
  • Donnie Wahlberg: Lieutenant Commander Burton
  • Chi McBride: McNally
  • Brian Goodman: Bill Huard
  • Billy Finnigan: Kevin
  • Rocco Rosanio: Jake’s Friend
  • Jim Parrack: A.J.
  • Charles Napier: Supt. Carter
  • Heather Henderson: Daniels
  • McCaleb Burnett: Whitaker
  • Matt Myers: Mr. Nance
  • John Fahy: Midshipman
  • Sam Winder: Flaming Midshipman


  • Director: Justin Lin
  • Producers: Damien Saccani and Mark Vahradian
  • Writer: Dave Collard

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