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The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Sport | 27 May 2005 (USA)
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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

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Peter Segal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Paul Crewe
Chris Rock ... Caretaker
Burt Reynolds ... Coach Nate Scarborough
Nelly ... Megget
Michael Irvin ... Deacon Moss
Walter Williamson ... Errol Dandridge
Bill Goldberg ... Battle
Terry Crews ... Cheeseburger Eddy
Bob Sapp ... Switowski
Nicholas Turturro ... Brucie
Dalip Singh ... Turley
Lobo Sebastian ... Torres
Joey Diaz ... Big Tony (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Steve Reevis ... Baby Face Bob
David Patrick Kelly ... Unger
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Storyline

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe was a revered football superstar back in his day, but that time has since faded. But when a messy drunk driving incident lands him in jail, Paul finds he was specifically requested by Warden Hazen (James Cromwell), a duplicitous prison official well aware of Paul's athletic skills. Paul has been assigned the task of assembling a team of convicts, to square off in a big football game against the sadistic guards. With the help of fellow convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for what promises to be a very interesting game. It's only the warden and the guards who have no idea who or what they're up against, with Paul the driving force behind the new team. Written by mystic80

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Taglines:

It was hard to put a team together... until they found out who they were playing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, violence, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiel ohne Regeln See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,613,245, 27 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$158,119,460, 6 October 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$190,320,568
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The inmates call their team the Mean Machine. The UK's adaptation of The Longest Yard (1974) was called Mean Machine (2001). See more »

Goofs

Many of the convicts have long hair and facial hair. In the Texas prison system, convicts are required to be clean shaven, and hair cut very short. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.
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Alternate Versions

On cruise ship and airline versions, the profanity has not only been redubbed, but quite a bit of alternate footage has been inserted to tone the language down. For instance, Caretaker's line "Tell Ronnie you got knocked the fuck out" has been changed to "Well, tell Ronnie he should have warned you about that truck". Also, when Caretaker is telling the prison "women" that "it's football, not balls-ball", it has been replaced with "it's football, not *that* kind of ball". And when Ms. Tucker tells Brucie that his "breath smells like eight cans of shark shit", this has been replaced with "your breath smells so bad, I don't know whether to get you a toothbrush or some toilet paper". Cuts have been made to the video sequences between Crewe and the Warden's assistant, and to the one with Brucie and Ms. Tucker. In the final football game, the repeated statement "I think he just shit himself" has been changed to "I think he broke his freakin' neck". See more »

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Featured in The Sandlerverse (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Back (Clean Rock Mix)
by Ludacris (as Christopher Bridges) & Dominic Bazile
Performed by Ludacris featuring Lazy Eye
Additional vocals by 'Dollar boy' as Dolla Boy & Brolic D
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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It made HOW MUCH????
4 December 2005 | by TOMASBBloodhoundSee all my reviews

People who lined up to bash this film had better get used to seeing more like it. Hollywood these days is stuck in a rut where three types of films account for nearly every film they release. Those are: remakes, sequels, and films based on comic book characters. The Longest Yard would of course fit into the first category. It is a slightly updated, but fairly faithful remake of the 1974 film of the same name. This time, we have Adam Sandler who plays the incarcerated quarterback that Burt Reynolds played in the original. Reynolds is on hand to play a minor role which the original film also contained. The plot is still the same. Prisoners vs guards in a game of football. Pretty simple.

Did the film make me laugh? Sure it did. There are more than a few chuckles, but not much in the way of side-splitting material. Sandler is actually not that memorable in this film. Some of the best performances actually come from people you might not expect. I was truly impressed with Nelly and Michael Irvin. Both men had their characters down, and really proved they could actually act. Chris Rock is about as good as you'd expect. Your own personal opinion of him will determine how you rate his performance. James Cromwell plays the corrupt warden about as well as you might expect. He's pretty much got the market cornered on evil white guy roles, since J.T. Walsh's untimely death. The rest of the cast becomes a game of "see if you can spot the NFL player, WWE combatant, or famous sports journalist". And what on earth was Cloris Leachman doing in the Bernadette Peters role from the original? Did she lose some kind of bet with Sandler on the set of Spanglish or something?

Should this film have been made? Well, we film critics can argue that point all day. The truth of the matter is that this film grossed over $150,000,000!!! As far as the studio bosses are concerned, this film was more than worth it. This was actually one of the more profitable comedies released this year, so you can expect more like it in the near future. I'll give it 6 of 10 stars. Don't expect anywhere near the film we got in 1974. But there are plenty of worse films on the shelves at your local video store.

The Hound.


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