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The Longest Yard (1974)

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

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Caretaker (as Jim Hampton)
Harry Caesar ...
John Steadman ...
Pop
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Rassmeusen
Jim Nicholson ...
Ice Man
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Warden's Secretary
Pervis Atkins ...
Mawabe
Tony Cacciotti ...
Rotka
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Melissa
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A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release, but he is also concerned about the inmates' lack of self-esteem. Written by Matt Heffernan <msh6880@cs.rit.edu>

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30 August 1974 (USA)  »

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Die Kampfmaschine  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

After the decimated Citroen was fished out of the water, producer Albert S. Ruddy sold it for $7000 on the strength of it being the car from the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Crewe comes up behind the center during the first scrimmage to have the ball hiked to him, his chin strap is snapped on the right side; the next shot shows his chin strap snapped on the left side only. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa: How long do we have to keep watching this crap?... Only a moron can sit and watch two football games, one after the other.
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Connections

Remade as Captain Masr (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

You Gotta Be a Football Hero
by Al Sherman (as Sherman), Al Lewis (as Lewis) and Buddy Fields (as Fields)
Performed by The Soul Touchers Band and Chorus
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Real men; no schtick
3 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Longest Yard" does not depend on the tiresome innocent-man-behind-bars schtick to evoke the inmates' humanity. Crew, Caretaker, et al are not men because they have been falsely accused, but because they maintain their manhood under conditions of mental and physical cruelty. Their humanity isn't a plot or script convention, but the core of their character. It's refreshing to discover that you're cheering for criminals despite their unapologetic bravado. IMHO, the best "prison" film ever made.


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