Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. Whilst in jail, he doesn't recieve any favours because of his celebrity status in the outside world. He is out numbered and many prisoners constantly barrage him with insults for letting down his country in a crucial World Cup game. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. These prisoners have the chance to put one over the evil guards. The prisoners are lead by Danny and the whole of the prison, guards aside, are behind them. Game on...... Written by
This is a british remake of The Longest Yard (1974) with Burt Reynolds, who also starred in the remake The Longest Yard (2005) with Adam Sandler. This movie is sandwiched in between the two American movies 27 years and 4 years apart. In all three movies, the story line is the same, except the British version features Football (Soccer) and not American Football. See more »
When Danny Meehan is talking to the Governor in the showers at half-time, the scar on his right cheek is missing. See more »
[In his role as the team's "owner," Sykes is sitting on the team bench, smoking a cigar]
Boy, Mr. Sykes, you look the part. All you need now is a...
[He trails off as a man drapes a sheepskin coat over Sykes' shoulders]
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Based on Keenan Wynn's 'The Longest Yard', Fletcher adds Brit wit to the screenplay as Skolnick directs a splendid film. Of course the story isn't anything new (like most sports flicks) but the humour brings out the charm. The characters are fun to watch and funnily enough the actors have famously starred in Guy Ritchie films. It's as if they were in prison for the crimes they committed in those films. But, just to avoid any misconception, this isn't a crime-flick and it's very different from the Ritchie films, both in style and content. One doesn't have to be a football fan to enjoy it as the entertainment value is universal. The football match sequence was hilarious and if only the real matches were half entertaining! All the actors do a fine job but it is Vinnie Jones who carries the movie and it's nice to see him as a guy who gets beaten up in comparison to the tough guy roles he's typecast in. Overall, this is a fun little film, not one to be taken too seriously.
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