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The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Sport  |  27 May 2005 (USA)
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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.


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Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team. Written by mystic80

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Comedy | Crime | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Spiel ohne Regeln  »

Box Office


$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,613,245 (USA) (27 May 2005)


£4,382,307 (UK) (7 October 2005)

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After Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) comes back in after having betrayed his teammates the O-line doesn't block the guards. On the second sack, guard Lambert (Bill Romanowski) spits on Crewe as he's getting off of him. In real life Romanowski, an NFL linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders from 1988 to 2003, (at the time a Bronco) spit in the face of 49ers' WR J.J. Stokes. See more »


When Crew is stopped by police, he flees the scene. As he leaves the police officers are both shown talking on their portable radios at the same time. Assuming they are partners riding in the same car, they would be operating on the same radio frequency. Thus, they would not both be able to transmit at the same time, because it would just be jumbled garbage to anyone(dispatcher) listening. See more »


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Not the original. Get used to it.
4 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read bad comment, after bad comment, about this movie, and I saw it, and I am sick and tired of everybody giving it a bad rap. People are downsizing it because it isn't enough like the original. But to truly enjoy this movie, you have to realize that it isn't really a remake. It's an homage. All it has is the same basic idea, and the characters. I found this an absolutely brilliant comedy, filled with frequent references to the original. It's genius characterizations of what some prison inmates might act like work perfectly. Especially Richard Kiels character turned into a weightier, less intelligent black man. I also quite enjoyed the frequent humor derived from taking scenes from the original and changing the words into PG-13. Although it originally seems silly, the player sh***ng himself scene is so much better when you realize it was originally the broke his f****ng neck scene. Also, the million one-liners, I guess could be taken badly, but only if you're looking for them to be. Possibly the reason everybody hates this so much is because they're looking for it to be the original. If you're going to see this, remember, it's not the original. Its an Adam Sandler movie making homage to the Longest Yard.

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