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Mean Machine (2001)

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A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

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Barry Skolnick

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Tracy Keenan Wynn (earlier screenplay "The Longest Yard"), Charlie Fletcher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinnie Jones ... Danny Meehan
David Kelly ... Doc
David Hemmings ... Governor
Ralph Brown ... Burton
Vas Blackwood ... Massive
Robbie Gee ... Trojan
Geoff Bell ... Ratchett
John Forgeham ... Charlie Sykes
Sally Phillips ... Tracey
Danny Dyer ... Billy the Limpet
Jason Flemyng ... Bob Likely
Jason Statham ... Monk
Martin Wimbush Martin Wimbush ... Z
David Reid David Reid ... Barman
David Cropman David Cropman ... Second Barman
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Storyline

Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. Whilst in jail, he doesn't recieve any favours because of his celebrity status in the outside world. He is out numbered and many prisoners constantly barrage him with insults for letting down his country in a crucial World Cup game. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. These prisoners have the chance to put one over the evil guards. The prisoners are lead by Danny and the whole of the prison, guards aside, are behind them. Game on...... Written by James Phillips

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Taglines:

Not Your Usual Suspects See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Костолом See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,573,594 (United Kingdom), 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,870, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$92,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,310,206
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Danny played for England. In real life despite being born in England, Vinnie Jones chose to play for Wales, qualifying through his Welsh grandfather. See more »

Goofs

When Danny Meehan is talking to the Governor in the showers at half-time, the scar on his right cheek is missing. See more »

Quotes

[standing at Doc's grave, after Doc was killed by a bomb]
Danny Meehan: I reckon you're quits now, old man.
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Alternate Versions

In the US version some phrases and terms were changed to make the film more understandable for American audiences. For example, when Doc is talking to Danny about why he is in jail, the original dialogue "his little nipper and his bird" are looped with "his little baby and his girl". Additionally in the US version, Nitro has a softer, Liverpool accent, whereas in the original version, he has a Newcastle accent. See more »

Connections

References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Crazy
Written by Walter Donaldson
Performed by Bob Brozman
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Brilliant final third, and a good Jones, despite the flaws this is an above-average sports/prison drama
26 January 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

If sometimes just lacking the creativity and vitality of the 1974 film, this is an above average sports/prison drama. There are some flaws though, one or two of the characters are thinly sketched, the plot is a touch simplistic and the first half hour just lacked the energy of the latter half of the film. That said, this is well worth watching. The whole film is excellently filmed and directed, and the soccer scenes are very well done. The final third is absolutely riveting, and really makes you want to see what the outcome is at the end. The music score is fine, and the performances are very good. Vinnie Jones is convincing in his first leading role, and David Kelly is stellar as the benevolent Doc. The best pieces of casting are (despite the accent) Jason Statham as maverick keeper and Jason Flemying's rather unconventional commentator. In conclusion, this is a good film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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