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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »


During one of the scenes where Unger is in the guard's locker room, he sees Halo 2 being played by one of the guards. If you look at the screen closely, it is actually a Halo 2 demo which technically can't be played since it was just for the E3 preview. See more »


[first lines]
Lorenzo: I love that dress.
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by Scott Kirkland & Ken Jordan
Performed by The Crystal Method featuring Scott Weiland
Courtesy of Outpost Recordings/Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Totally unworthy of its predecessor
8 September 2005 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

I wonder, will some corporate guy actually get a bonus for having thought that a remake of Mean Machine starring Adam Sandler would be a great idea? What kind of productive thinking is that? This movie not only adds nothing in the mean machine brand, but it serves as a Trojan horse that can destroy the myth from within. What is the redeeming value of having endured 2 hours of Adam Sandler and co? I couldn't find any. Even to say that it conveys an anti-racist message is a longer shot than those we see in the movie itself. The music is pathetic, but at least that was expected. Oh and I forgot, it is a comedy? Where are the jokes then?

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