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Mean Machine (2001)

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

Director:

Barry Skolnick

Writers:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

GBP2,500,000 (estimated)

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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Did You Know?

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

[after Billy volunteers for the demonstration, Chiv begins lecturing on dirty tricks in football]
Chiv: Numero uno: the accidental treading the toe. It's an obvious one, but it works.
[Monk stamps on Billy's foot]
Billy the Limpet: AH! Fuck...
Chiv: Numero... two. Right, Billy, run towards the Monk.
Billy the Limpet: What, now, eh?
Chiv: Off you go, half-pace.
[Billy trots toward Monk, who throws up an elbow that spears him in the face]
Chiv: The cunningly-titled "elbow in the face." Very, very effective, but you do tend to get sent off, so if you're gonna...
[...]
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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

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

Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Crazy
Written by Walter Donaldson
Performed by Bob Brozman
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The Longest Yard Redux
27 October 2003 | by vanessa_aitonSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this flick. Perhaps because I always enjoy sports related flicks, or because I am a huge fan of Vinnie Jones, thanks to Guy Richie, or maybe because I am in love with Jason Statham, also thanks to Guy.

But why I watched it in the first place was because I had always enjoyed The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, in fact the only flick of his I enjoyed, and was very happy to see a British version of the football classic. I loved the characters, the seamless transition from American football to European football, and the accents. Vinnie Jones gives yet another great performance, and it was nice to see so many characters return from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels as well as Snatch (great flicks!).

I give this flick 4 1/2 stars, only because it didn't showcase "Monk" enough for my tastes.


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