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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Meehan
... Doc
... Governor
... Burton
... Massive
... Trojan
... Ratchett
... Charlie Sykes
... Tracey
... Billy the Limpet
... Bob Likely
... Monk
Martin Wimbush ... Z
David Reid ... Barman
David Cropman ... Second Barman
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

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

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26 December 2001 (UK)  »

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A Máquina  »

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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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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

Hayter: I wouldn't get too close, Miss.
Tracey: Why? You're not dangerous, are you, Mr. Footballer?
Danny Meehan: Only if you've got the ball, Miss.
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Connections

Referenced in Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) See more »

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Strings for Yasmin
Written by Lindasy Edwards and Darren Stokes
Performed by Tin Tin Out
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unmatched soccer movie, great prison film
1 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of sport movies and I am not able to watch a soccer match without dozing off, but this one got me. A sympathetic cast I know from the Guy Richie's Snatch with lovely variety of British accents, this film features a lively plot, very funny quotes and a good physical humor, elaborate shots, and an interesting range of prison characters. No matter the characters are rather flat, this simplification I was willing to accept, since the story was so good.

Even though I may have seen better prison movies, and even some that are similar in plot; the Mean Machine is unmatched in the rather distant, ironical view of the prison world, honoring fair-play and manly virtues. Moreover, I was very happy not to see any homosexual relationships among the prisoners, no matter the actual prison reality. (On the other hand, I liked the bookie, he had a style.)

All in all, I enjoyed this film very much. Do not expect food for thought but rest assured this is not a dumb entertainment either.


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