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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.

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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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30 August 1974 (USA)  »

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Die Kampfmaschine  »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,008,075, 31 December 1974
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Trivia

Actor Richard Keil is too big for the Mean Machine helmet in the dressing room scene where you can see him struggling to fit a normal helmet and failing. Later in the game scenes you can clearly see his helmet is a different design to the other players. See more »

Goofs

Crewe and another inmate are fighting (wrestling) in the swamp When Capt. Kenauer strikes Crewe on the back with a baton during the fight, the rectangular padding is visible under Crew's shirt. 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 Lizzie McGuire: The Longest Yard (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Born Free
by John Barry (as Barry) and Don Black (as Black)
Performed by The Soul Touchers Band and Chorus
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Real men; no schtick
3 January 2000 | by See 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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