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The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Sport | 27 May 2005 (USA)
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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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It was hard to put a team together... until they found out who they were playing. See more »

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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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27 May 2005 (USA)  »

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$82,000,000 (estimated)

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

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£4,382,307 (UK) (7 October 2005)
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The movie was filmed in a closed down part of the New Mexico State Penitentary called "Old Main". It was this part of the prison where one of the worst prison riots in U.S. history occurred on 2 February 1980. The state offers the building for rent for film purposes. See more »

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Number 55 of the Guards is knocked incoherent during a play during the beginning of the game. Yet on the next play, when Turley knocks Michael Papajohn through the bench, #55 can be seen jeering Turley on the sidelines. See more »

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[first lines]
Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #2.8 (2015) See more »

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Narcotic
by Tommy Lee, Timothy Murray, Scott Kirkland & Scott Humphrey
Performed by Methods of Mayhem featuring Scott Kirkland
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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it's trade-off: less character development, more laughs
25 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to this film thinking it was going to suck. I was a big fan of the original. Loved it as a kid, although I know it's not a great film or anything.

I was surprised at how fun the remake was, although it is a superficial kind of fun. The original had better casting and stronger character development. Reynolds and Eddie Albert are so wonderful in their roles, Sandler and the new warden are pretty damn lame in comparison. And the original spent more time building the characters, so that by the end, the film really resonated in a way the remake does not.

BUT, the remake is a fun & energetic piece of pop entertainment. It goes much more for broad comedy and pretty much succeeds. It's not super- hilarious, but it's funny enough and much funnier than the original. Although Sandler is wrong for the part, he's likable enough. Chris Rock is funny, as are some of the others. And the overall brisk pace keeps the whole thing afloat.

Yes, it's a disposable movie. It lacks the dark undercurrents that made the first one so good. It even seems to self-consciously acknowledge that it will never stand outside the shadow of Burt Reynolds. No, it doesn't have as much substance, but it has its own childish charm.


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