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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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Burton
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Massive
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Trojan
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Ratchett
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Charlie Sykes
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Tracey
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Billy the Limpet
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Bob Likely
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Z
David Reid ...
Barman
David Cropman ...
Second Barman
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

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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:

$2,297,447 (Europe) (28 December 2001)

Gross:

$92,770 (USA)
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Trivia

David Kelly replaced Warren Mitchell. See more »

Goofs

When 'Nitro' is bundled into the back of a prison van, he knocks a guard's hat off. As the prison van doors are slammed shut, the guard's hat is still firmly on his head. 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 The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Mambo Jambo
Written by Perez Predo
Performed by Dave Barbour
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Rage Against The Machine
1 June 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

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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