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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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A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

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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)  »

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

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 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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Connections

Referenced in Haz la loca... no la guerra (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Saturday Night Special
Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Edward King (as Edward Calhoun King)
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Recording Supervised by Al Kooper
Courtesy of Sounds of the South/MCA Records
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Jokey jock-brutality
11 June 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Disgraced ex-pro football player Burt Reynolds is sent to prison after dumping his lover's car in the drink and assaulting two police officers; once behind bars, the oily warden coerces him into turning the other inmates into football players to compete with the guards in a game. Great story for a funny farce, but "The Longest Yard" isn't all cartoonish fun, it has some dimensions, and director Robert Aldrich is easy on the transitions in tone. The inmates look a bit long-in-the-tooth to be playing an extended, crushing game on the gridiron, but Reynolds' comic double-takes are very amusing, and the supporting cast is full of colorful characters, particularly James Hampton as Caretaker, Michael Conrad as Scarboro and Bernadette Peters as a secretary (whose beehive is a punchline all on its own). There's too much emphasis on what a jerk warden Eddie Albert is, and too many shots of him looking aghast, and Ed Lauter's menacing act as the chief guard is tiresome, but the movie is surprisingly low-keyed and looks convincing. The split-screen visuals once the game gets going are fantastic, showing Aldrich's keen eye in capturing different behavior, although the game itself seems to go on forever--these players would be passed out from sheer exhaustion--and the warden's threats still hang in the air, unresolved. *** from ****


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