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Mean Machine (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  26 December 2001 (UK)
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A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

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Cast

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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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Taglines:

It's Not Just About Football, It's About Pride Inside! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | 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:

$16,870 (USA) (22 February 2002)

Gross:

$92,191 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Trivia

Two top billed actors in Mean Machine were professional athletes before starting their acting careers. Vinnie Jones was an accomplished British footballer, playing on various teams. He earned a reputation as a, "Hard man," for his aggressive playing style. Jason Statham was a British National Team diver, finishing 12th in the 1992 world championship. See more »

Goofs

When Danny Meehan is talking to the Governor in the showers at half-time, the scar on his right cheek is missing. See more »

Quotes

[Watching the monk practice karate]
Doc: Apparently he killed 23 men with his bare hands.
Danny Meehan: Maybe I should take up karate.
Doc: That was before he took up karate.
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References Victory (1981) See more »

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Wings
Written by Tim Sullivan and Michael Flannery
Performed by Little T and One Track Mike
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Good football film! Apart from First 30 minutes!
3 January 2002 | by (Stoke-on-Trent, England) – See all my reviews

The Mean Machine starts badly, poor acting, TV movie quality, cheesy storyline and Vinnie Jones very wooden. Every prison movie cliche is there and it is awful for the first thirty minutes.

Then things start going right, Vinnie looks a lot more comfortable and the movie starts to get going and goes from strength to strength with loads of gags and some occasional violence to break things up a bit.

However, what this film is about is Football (Soccer) and what it delivers in so-far as Football action is excellent, I doubt if any film has captured the sport so captivating and also so funny!

I came out of this film happy that I had been well entertained for at least an hour, grit your teeth for the first thirty minutes and then sit back relax and watch some excellent Football action!!!


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