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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

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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The fanfare used in the Paramount Pictures logo is found only in this film. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.
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by Christopher Davis, Billy Squier, Joseph Simmons (as Joseph Ward Simmons),
Darryl McDaniels (as Darryl Matthews McDaniels), Lawrence Smith & Jason Mizell
Performed by Union Turnpike
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
Contains a sample of "The Stroke"
Written & Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains a sample of "Jam Master Jay"
by Joseph Simmons (as Joseph Ward Simmons), Darryl McDaniels (as Darryl Matthews McDaniels),
Lawrence Smith & Jason Mizell
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc./Arista Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Excellent Remake, In My Opinion... And Bob Sapp Still Rules!
5 June 2005 | by (Calimesa, California) – See all my reviews

The remake here was surprisingly good and pretty true to the original movie but will be most enjoyed by Adam Sandler fans or fans of the original. Except for a few exceptions to keep it up to date and a few to screw with those that saw the original, the stories are pretty much identical. The main character were all the same as well, but the supporting cast, especially the guards and cons, were changed up a bit.

Former NFL quarterback Paul Crewe (Sandler, replacing the original Burt Reynolds) is arrested and faces a 3 year sentence for GTA, DUI and I am sure some other stuff which is unimportant. After his sentencing, Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) pulls a few strings to get Crewe placed in his prison so he can coach his semi-pro team. Upon the urging of Captain Knauer (William Fichtner), Crewe declines, which sets the wheels in motion for an eventual game between Crewe and the convicts against Knauer and the guards.

The supporting football players were the real highlights of the movie, most notably Bob Sapp and Kevin Nash (I hate to say it but Nash did a good job. If only he was this good a wrestler), with honorable mentions to Nelly, Michael Irvin, Bill Goldberg, Steve Austin, Bill Romanowski & Brian Bosworth. Also, who could forget Chris Rock as Caretaker? This could not have been cast better.

Overall, A good comedy worth seeing. Especially if you are a Sandler fan.

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