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The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard

Peter Segal (2005)

108min
12 Certificate
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Review

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Adam Sandler teams up for the third time with director Peter Segal for this remake of 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy The Mean Machine. Sandler plays a washed-up football star who ends up in jail after a night of drinking and a car chase through downtown Los Angeles. Prison warden James Cromwell asks Sandler to train a group of convicts to take on a team of guards for a warm-up match but, encouraged by motormouth Chris Rock, the failed player sets his sights on winning the game. Lazy, deeply predictable but warmly humorous, this avoids complex characterisation in favour of well-worn clich├ęs - sadistic guards, brutes who just want to be loved, the inevitable spell in solitary confinement - as motivation for the underdog team. The sports section of the movie, in which all that sadism is avenged, is far more successful due to tight choreography of the game and the pleasure of seeing bullies punished. Ultimately, the film will appeal to you only if you're excited by slow-motion shots of sweaty hulks smashing into one another and rallying speeches aplenty.

Summary

A washed-up quarterback ends up in jail after a drunken night out, and is ordered by the warden to put together an American football team to take on the guards, with the help of a former college champ. Remake of 1974 comedy The Mean Machine, with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Nelly and Burt Reynolds, who starred in the original.

Cast & Crew

Paul "Wrecking" Crewe Adam Sandler
Caretaker Chris Rock
Coach Nate Scarborough Burt Reynolds
Earl Megget Nelly
Warden Hazen James Cromwell
Captain Knauer William Fichtner
Deacon Moss Michael Irvin
Unger David Patrick Kelly
Guard Lambert Bill Romanowski
Battle Bill Goldberg
Errol Dandridge Walter Williamson
Skitchy Rivers Edward Bunker
Lena Courteney Cox
Punky Rob Schneider
Lynette Cloris Leachman
Duane Ed Lauter
Cheeseburger Eddy Terry Crews
Brucie Nicholas Turturro
Turley Dalip Singh
Ms Tucker Tracy Morgan
Guard Dunham Steve Austin (2)
Guard Garner Brian Bosworth
Director Peter Segal
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 9 Sep 2005

Comedy Drama

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