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Mean Machine

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2001
  • Barry Skolnick
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Prison sports comedy based on the 1974 Burt Reynolds film, starring Vinnie Jones as disgraced footballer Danny Meehan. In jail after assaulting a police officer, Meehan offers to coach a team of prisoners for a football match against the guards, but soon finds himself in conflict with the corrupt prison governor.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Vinnie Jones doesn't stray too far from home for his first leading role, working with several of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock company including Snatch producer Matthew Vaughn and an ex-footballer-turned-jailbird role. But what this remake of Robert Aldrich's 1974 movie The Mean Machine - remember, ex-football pro Burt Reynolds trained his fellow convicts to take on the guards - really misses is the creativity and vitality of Ritchie himself, since it's first-time director Barry Skolnick who's in charge here. That said, if you can overlook the rather thin characters and simplistic plot, the film's final third - an ill-tempered soccer match between warders and inmates - is very well filmed and highly entertaining. Jones isn't bad in a made-to-measure role, though the movie's best moments involve Jason Statham's maverick keeper and Jason Flemyng's unconventional commentator. Definitely one for the boys.

Credits

Cast

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Danny MeehanVinnie Jones
DocDavid Kelly
GovernorDavid Hemmings
BurtonRalph Brown (2)
MassiveVas Blackwood
TrojanRobbie Gee
RatchettGeoff Bell
SykesJohn Forgeham
TraceySally Phillips
Bob LikelyJason Flemyng
Billy the LimpetDanny Dyer
MonkJason Statham
RajOmid Djalili

Crew

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DirectorBarry Skolnick

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2001-12-26
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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