In Annapolis: The United States Naval Academy

Neil Turner

The movie Annapolis got terrible reviews by just about everybody. I found it to be a mildly entertaining variation of An Officer and a Gentleman, but as a resident of Annapolis, I found it to be horribly inaccurate in the visual representation of the Naval Academy and its surrounds. In the film, there is a huge shipyard with belching factory smokestacks across the Seven River from the academy. In reality, there is Pendennis Mount - a prime place to live if you have the money. There is a naval research station further down the river, but it is not across from the academy and is certainly not a huge, dirty shipyard.
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The only ship or boat to be seen in the film is the one being constructed in the non-existent shipyard. Nowhere are we offered the sailing tradition that is so important to the academy and the midshipmen. There is a fine new sailing center at the academy, and of course, rows of sailing vessels upon which the future naval officers train and race.
Harvard Square Commentary, September 11, 2006





The academy has a beautiful campus and Bancroft Hall which is the world's largest dormitory. Beneath the magnificent chapel is the final resting place of John Paul Jones who looks over all those young women and men who have not yet begun to fight.
It may be the ambition or dream of every graduate to someday return to the academy and live in the superintendent's quarters or one of those idyllic houses on campus for senior officers and their families. Even if the dream is not fulfilled, each graduate knows she or he attended an honorable institution in which the gross injustices in the film would never be tolerated.