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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.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (screenplay), Albert S. Ruddy (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Paul Crewe
Eddie Albert ... Warden Hazen
Ed Lauter ... Captain Knauer
Michael Conrad ... Nate Scarboro
James Hampton ... Caretaker (as Jim Hampton)
Harry Caesar ... Granville
John Steadman ... Pop
Charles Tyner ... Unger
Mike Henry ... Rassmeusen
Jim Nicholson Jim Nicholson ... Ice Man
Bernadette Peters ... Warden's Secretary
Pervis Atkins ... Mawabe
Tony Cacciotti ... Rotka
Anitra Ford ... Melissa
Michael Fox ... 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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THE AUDIENCES DON'T JUST SEE IT - They talk to it! They cheer it! They roar with it! They explode with it! They love it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Kampfmaschine See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,008,075, 31 December 1974
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the DVD version, James Hampton said that he was originally supposed to play Unger, but wanted to play Caretaker instead. Charles Tyner was given the Unger role. See more »

Goofs

During the swamp scene, one of the guards calls out Crew (Reynolds) to have Granville attached to him. When Crewe turns, we see his bottom lip very swollen and a lot of the skin shows to be red. But when Granville is finally attached to Crewe, Crewe doesn't have a swollen lip and the red is barely noticeable. 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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Connections

Referenced in Sharky's Machine (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Teach Me to Cheat
Sung by Judy Kester
Recording Surpervised by Jim Foglesong
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Real men; no schtick
3 January 2000 | by julikellSee 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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