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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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(earlier screenplay "The Longest Yard"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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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
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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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David Reid ...
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David Cropman ...
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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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Taglines:

It's Not Just About Football, It's About Pride Inside! 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

Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Vas Blackwood and Jake Abraham were all in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), which also produced by Matthew Vaughn. Guy Ritchie was an executive producer on the film. 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

[In his role as the team's "owner," Sykes is sitting on the team bench, smoking a cigar]
Massive: 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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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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Need more of these from our British cousins!
19 July 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I could understand not liking this movie if someone was expecting Citizen Kane (and if you were, you should be flogged). For a straight to video/cable movie, it had great prod. value, sharp dialogue, and a great supporting cast of Guy Ritchie characters. Throw in some solid football and you have a film to help you forget the worries of your day. The commentary by the two Bobs alone makes it worthwhile. Jones is good, but Statham steals the show in almost all of his scenes. Like the original (The Longest Yard), it was made to entertain the audience, not to provoke some deep introspective thought on the existence of God. See it, rent it, buy it! If you cant discern the heavy British slang, throw on the subtitles. If you don't have a DVD player, how in the hell are you managing to read this?


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