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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Tracy Keenan Wynn (earlier screenplay "The Longest Yard")
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Release Date:
26 December 2001 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Not Your Usual Suspects See more »
Plot:
A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Vinnie Jones ... Danny Meehan

David Kelly ... Doc

David Hemmings ... Governor

Ralph Brown ... Burton

Vas Blackwood ... Massive

Robbie Gee ... Trojan

Geoff Bell ... Ratchett
John Forgeham ... Charlie Sykes

Sally Phillips ... Tracey

Danny Dyer ... Billy the Limpet

Jason Flemyng ... Bob Likely

Jason Statham ... Monk
Martin Wimbush ... Z
David Reid ... Barman
David Cropman ... Second Barman
Tim Perrin ... Policeman
Paul Mari ... Policeman
Nicholas Moss ... Hayter (as Nick Moss)

Stephen Walters ... Nitro
Andrew Grainger ... Ketch
Jake Abraham ... Bob Carter
Jeff Innocent ... Bald friend

Joseph Rye ... Walker

Jamie Sives ... Chiv

Omid Djalili ... Raj
Elwin 'Chopper' David ... Jerome McFife

Adam Fogerty ... Mouse
Rocky Marshall ... Cigs
J.J. Connolly ... Barry the Bookie
Stephen Bent ... Referee
Perry Digweed ... Marsden
Charlie Hartfield ... Prisoner footballer
Nevin Saroya ... Prisoners Footballer
Wally Downes ... Prisoner's Physiotherapist
Marc Alexander ... Guards' Footballer
Peter Downes ... Guards' Footballer
Paul Fishenden ... Guards' Footballer
Brian Gayle ... Guards' Footballer
Danny Hibert ... Guards' Footballer
Mark Lovell ... Guards' Footballer

Marc Egan ... Nick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Fisher ... Inmate commentator
Darren Luckin ... Matt
Andy Skinner ... Prisoner - Footballer (uncredited)
Kriss Sprules ... Inmate (uncredited)
Ben Wee ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Skolnick 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tracy Keenan Wynn (earlier screenplay "The Longest Yard")

Charlie Fletcher (screenplay) and
Chris Baker (screenplay) &
Andrew Day (screenplay)

Produced by
Adam Bohling .... line producer
Georgia Masters .... co-producer
Cynthia Pett-Dante .... executive producer
Guy Ritchie .... executive producer
Albert S. Ruddy .... executive producer
Matthew Vaughn .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marilyn Manson 
John Murphy 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Barber (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eddie Hamilton 
Dayn Williams 
 
Production Design by
Russell De Rozario 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Wales 
 
Set Decoration by
Jenny Lawrence-Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Stephanie Collie 
 
Makeup Department
Lucy Lebow .... makeup artist
Julie Nightingale .... key hair stylist
Julie Nightingale .... key makeup artist
Dulcie Spencer .... hair stylist
Dulcie Spencer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fleur Fontaine .... post-production supervisor
Daniel Toland .... production manager (as Dan Toland)
Maria Walker .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Hosking .... second assistant director
Alessandra Mele .... assistant director
David Reid .... first assistant director
Lee Tailor .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Matthew Camacho .... scenic painter
John Daynes .... scenic painter
Billy Edwards .... on-set props
Anthony Gilsenan .... head scenic painter
Lee Gordon .... property master
Russell Hanson .... dressing props
Joe Howard .... art department assistant
Graham Humphreys .... storyboard artist (as Graham Humphries)
Stefan Kopec .... on-set rigger
Matt Langley .... on-set carpenter
Ashlie Love .... production buyer
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Dave Paley .... construction manager
Ian Paley .... stagehand
Sandra Phillips .... assistant art director
Alan Tagg .... scenic painter
Mark White .... props (live action)
Dave Wilson .... supervising carpenter
Larry Wilson .... carpenter
Paul Wolstencroft .... stagehand
Terry Woods .... on-set props
Ruth Wynne .... dressing props
 
Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound editor
Ricky Butt .... foley artist (as Ricki Butt)
Craig Butters .... sound effects editor
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist (as Felicity Cotterell)
Peter Crooks .... sound editor
Rony Esher .... sound recordist
Arthur Fenn .... boom operator (as Arthur Turner)
Richard Fettes .... foley editor
Jamie Gambell .... sound assistant
Peter Gates .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Gates .... supervising sound editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Simon Hayes .... sound mixer
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Lafbery .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Richard Welsh .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Adrian White .... sound recordist
Gareth John .... second boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Hollow .... special effects supervisor
Jim Davey .... colour correction scanning and recording: Cineimage (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Fabienne Arbogast .... auto conforming
Steve Boag .... visual effects supervisor
Martin Bullard .... optical supervisor
Ian Differ .... visual effects
Charles Green .... color grader
Carl Grinter .... digital post producer
Matthew Symonds .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunt coordinator
Ray Nicholas .... stunts
Paul Kennington .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Bell .... generator operator
Balazs Bolygo .... additional photographer
Mick Diannotti .... generator operator
Stuart Graham .... camera operator: additional camera
Sam Hodgson .... assistant camera
Stuart Howell .... additional photographer
Stuart Howell .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dean Kennedy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Onkar Narang .... electrician
Kevin Robertson .... chief lighting technician
Daniel Smith .... still photographer
James Smith .... a camera loader
Mark Stibbs .... electrician
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Terry Williams .... camera grip
Will Willis .... focus puller
 
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting
Sam Stevenson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Georgina Gunner .... wardrobe mistress
Kate MacNiece .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Alex Creacy .... assistant editor
Simone Grattarola .... colorist
Simon Leppington .... digital intermediate supervisor
Ross Porter-Ward .... assistant editor
Mike Stainer .... color grader
Gary Szabo .... colorist
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Jason Alexander .... music supervisor
Kenny Clark .... music editor
Simon Denny .... score engineer
Simon Denny .... score producer
Rochelle Holguin .... music coordinator
James Hyman .... music supervisor
Ian Neil .... music consultant
Jeff Cardoni .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialect coach: adr
Heather Clarke .... production coordinator
Wally Downes .... soccer coordinator
Jean-Claude Fauchez .... first production auditor
Kevin Freemantle .... production auditor
Sasha Gibson .... unit publicist
Mary Haddow .... script supervisor
Tom Harrell .... assistant location manager (as Tom Harrel)
James Hyman .... consultant
Caroline Lovelace .... assistant: Mr. Vaughn
Paul Mason .... production assistant
Nick Moss .... production assistant
Tarquin Pack .... production assistant
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Carlos Peres .... production assistant
Manuel Puro .... development executive
Ben Russell .... production assistant
Eddie Standish .... location manager
Marcus Trevor .... production assistant (as Marc Trevor)
Phil Wiseman .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for language and some violence
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99 min
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Trivia:
At the end of the movie the match commentators give the following speech: "Guards of Pentonville, guards of Wandsworth, Walton nick in Liverpool, policemen of Britain, traffic wardens and parole officers, wheel clampers, your boys have taken a hell of a beating today! A hell of a beating!" This speech is a direct reference to Norwegian sports commentator Bjørge Lillelien who made British headlines, when in 1981, Norway beat England during the 1982 World Cup qualifiers and he gave the following emotional response: "[In Norwegian] We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England 2-1 at football! It is totally incredible! We have beaten England! England, home of giants: Looooord Nelson, Looooord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana. We have beaten them all, we have beaten them all! [In English] Maggie Thatcher, can you hear me? [In Norwegian] Maggie Thatcher, I have a message to you during the election: We have beaten England out of the World Championship in football! Maggie Thatcher, as they say in your language in the boxing-bars around Madison Square Garden: [in English] Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!" However, despite the loss, England continued on to qualify for the World Cup finals, while Norway did not.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Monk is described as having killed over 20 people, which would make him one of the UK's most prolific serial killers. At the start of the movie, Longmarsh prison is described as a Category B prison. Monk would almost certainly be deemed a high risk Category A restricted status prisoner, and would be imprisoned somewhere like HMP Belmarsh.See more »
Quotes:
[to Meehan]
Sykes:So my ass is on the line, and by my ass, I mean your ass.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in She's the Man (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Strings for YasminSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
1-0 to the Mean Machine., 30 December 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Mean Machine is an English reworking of Robert Aldrich's 1974 beefcake Burt Reynolds starrer, The Longest Yard. Substituting Gridiron for Soccer, director Barry Skolnick, along with his roll call of British "faces", is only aiming for one market.

That of the footie worshipping clan that primarily resides within the United Kingdom.

Very much a long way from competing on the same playing field as Aldrich's superior movie, Mean Machine does have enough about it to make it an enjoyable viewing outside of the excellently constructed soccer match that fills out the last third of the piece. But with the film's reputation being far from good, the chance that many others feel the same as me are pretty remote. About as remote as Accrington Stanley winning the English premiere League one feels. The problem would seem to lay with the first hour, violence and humour thrust together does not always yield great rewards, and so it be with the wet behind the ears direction from Skolnick. Caught between a tough portrayal of British prison life and outright slapstick, it's an odd bedfellow that Skolnick can't quite get right. And with Guy Ritchie on the sidelines donning the "supervising producer" shirt, one can't help thinking that Ritchie would have made substantially more with the material to hand. But as "I" say, there's enough there for the discerning fan of blood and banter.

Led by the watchable Jones, the cast, outside of the miscast David Hemmings as the Governor, pull out the stops to entertain the terrace faithful. Danny Dyer haters will enjoy him getting knocked about as he plays simpleton Billy Limpet, while Jason Statham is a joy as Monk, a Jock that even the Jocks are afraid of. While also putting in scene stealing shifts of note are Jamie Sives, Vas Blackwood and Omid Djalili. It's no piece of work to rank in the higher echelons of British movies; or sports movies in general for that matter. But in spite of its soggy formula and over reliance on the template film its working from, it's very funny at times; and if you like soccer? Well the actual match is well worth the wait. 6.5/10

Footnote: The Longest Yard/Mean Machine was met with another re-imaging in 2005 with Adam Sandler as the disgraced lead protagonist. Proof positive that it's either a formula that many can't resist? Or that it's one that some feel still hasn't yet met its potential?

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