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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

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Caretaker (as Jim Hampton)
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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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Release Date:

30 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kampfmaschine  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reynolds wanted to film in his hometown of West Palm Beach, FL. but was denied access. Despite this he refers to it both on camera and with a sign saying "Entering West Palm Beach" but that was filmed in Savannah, GA. See more »

Goofs

When Crewe hits Bogdanski in the lower regions in the "all curl" play, its first and 10. The sidelines are celebrating, and the scoreboard shows 2nd down with 17 to go, with 2:29 left, though the penalty had not yet been assessed. As the Mean Machine comes to the line for a repeat of the "all curl" play, the announcer calls it "third and 32". After the 2nd "errant pass" from Crewe, another cut to the sidelines shows its still 2nd down and 17, but with 2:34 left in the game. 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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Soundtracks

Born Free
by John Barry (as Barry) and Don Black (as Black)
Performed by The Soul Touchers Band and Chorus
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"Hey Pop, the time you hit Hazen in the mouth, was it worth 30 years?/ For me it was./ Then give me my damn shoe!"

Burt Reynolds plays Paul Crewe, a reprehensible character discovering, in a prison, dignity and esteem… You see him, at the beginning of the movie—as a rising star—beating up a woman, stealing her car, drunken driving, insulting cops in a bar, resisting arrest… He's seen so funny when he insulted the miniature cop who's about to arrest him, while the cop's partner is laughing openly…

Eddie Albert was very charming when he meets Paul Crewe at his arrival to Citrus State Prison… Aldrich wanted to play Warden Hazen as the guy who had the veneer of normalcy, the veneer of being a good executive, the veneer of keeping it all together till it starts unraveling… He really was just a despicable, oily, warden type… In one game scene, we see him over and over again, getting up just with that same look of shock on his face…

Ed Lauter (Captain Knauer) is wonderful… He runs the football team… He is a bad guy and he represents everything that is wrong with that prison system and everything else… He changes as a result… And to see that is just so delightful… He's got the classic Ed Lauter's scene at the end… James Hampton plays Caretaker, the character who brings the team all together and pushes Burt's character ahead to win the game…

Ray Nitschke plays the toughest, meanest linebacker in football… Richard Kiel, Bob Tessier, Charles Tyner, Michael Conrad, and Harry Caesar give the film a certain veracity, you almost thing you are in jail…


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