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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caretaker (as Jim Hampton)
Harry Caesar ...
John Steadman ...
Jim Nicholson ...
Ice Man
Warden's Secretary
Pervis Atkins ...
Tony Cacciotti ...
Michael Fox ...


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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Release Date:

30 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golpe Baixo  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)

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Early examples of product placement on stadium signs include Eastern Airlines, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Tony Lama Boots, Gatorade, Rawlings, Coca-Cola, Continental Trailways, Adidas, Goodyear and Muriel Cigars. See more »


During the swamp scene, one of the guards calls out Crew (Reynolds) to have Granville attached to him. When Crewe turns, we see his bottom lip very swollen and a lot of the skin shows to be red. But when Granville is finally attached to Crewe, Crewe doesn't have a swollen lip and the red is barely noticeable. See more »


[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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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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