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The Longest Yard (1974)

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Crewe
... Warden Hazen
... Captain Knauer
... Nate Scarboro
... Caretaker (as Jim Hampton)
... Granville
... Pop
... Unger
... Rassmeusen
Jim Nicholson ... Ice Man
... Warden's Secretary
Pervis Atkins ... Mawabe
Tony Cacciotti ... Rotka
... Melissa
... Announcer
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Storyline

A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release, but he is also concerned about the inmates' lack of self-esteem. Written by Matt Heffernan <msh6880@cs.rit.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

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30 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kampfmaschine  »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,008,075, 31 December 1974
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final shot of Paul Crewe and Pops leaving the stadium silhouetted in the tunnel was a homage to the famous final shot of "The Searchers". See more »

Goofs

When Crewe goes up and over to score the final touchdown he is shown landing with just his upper body and the ball across the goal line. In the next frame from another angle his entire body is across the goal line. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa: How long do we have to keep watching this crap?... Only a moron can sit and watch two football games, one after the other.
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Soundtracks

Saturday Night Special
Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Edward King (as Edward Calhoun King)
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Recording Supervised by Al Kooper
Courtesy of Sounds of the South/MCA Records
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Real men; no schtick
3 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

"The Longest Yard" does not depend on the tiresome innocent-man-behind-bars schtick to evoke the inmates' humanity. Crew, Caretaker, et al are not men because they have been falsely accused, but because they maintain their manhood under conditions of mental and physical cruelty. Their humanity isn't a plot or script convention, but the core of their character. It's refreshing to discover that you're cheering for criminals despite their unapologetic bravado. IMHO, the best "prison" film ever made.


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