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Mean Machine (2001)

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

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Doc
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Governor
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Burton
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Massive
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Trojan
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Ratchett
John Forgeham ...
Charlie Sykes
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Tracey
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Billy the Limpet
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Bob Likely
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Martin Wimbush ...
Z
David Reid ...
Barman
David Cropman ...
Second Barman
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Storyline

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 James Phillips

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Not Your Usual Suspects See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 December 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Máquina  »

Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,573,594 (UK) (28 December 2001)

Gross:

$92,191 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this film Vinnie's character (Danny) played for England. In real life despite being born in England. Vinnie Jones chose to play for Wales, qualifying through his Welsh grandfather. See more »

Goofs

During the explosion in the final scene, the wall can be seen to flex, indicating that it is made of something more flimsy than a real prison wall. See more »

Quotes

Bob Likely: Good afternoon, I'm Bob Likely, and you've joined us live from the recreation field.
Bob Carter: Yes, I'm Bob Carter, and thanks once again to our esteemed governor...
[they cover their mikes]
Bob LikelyBob Carter: [whispering] Wanker.
Bob Carter: For providing our splendid facilities here, as part of his progressive rehabilitation campaign.
Bob Likely: And for our captive audience who are cooped up inside, here's a weather report. Bob?
Bob Carter: Well, it's a beautiful day, Bob.
Bob Likely: And what a day it is!
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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Baggy Trousers
Written by Chris Foreman (as Christopher Foreman) and Suggs (as Graham McPherson)
Performed by Madness
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Top class Brit flick!
23 January 2004 | by (Swindon, England) – See all my reviews

You simply cannot put this movie down, a great all British cast and a great all British sport, being British and a great lover of Manchester United, i was up for this film and it didn't diasappoint me in the slightest. Vinnie Jones was brilliant as Danny Meehan and Jason Statham as the 'Monk' was simply classic vintage stuff. The match is what the watchers of this film want to see and it is fantastically constructed, just one tip of advice, don't p*** of the 'Monk'

10/10 stars, classic stuff


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