A wide variety of eccentric competitors participate in a wild and illegal cross-country road race. However, the eccentric entrants will do anything to win the road race, including low-down, dirty tricks.
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
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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 »
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 »
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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"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 movieas a rising starbeating 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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