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Mean Machine (2001)

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

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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:

It's Not Just About Football, It's About Pride Inside! 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:

£2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,573,594 (United Kingdom), 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,870, 24 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$92,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,310,206
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Doc: Come on where's your manners Danny what would your old mum say?
Danny Meehan: [smiles] Fuck me!
Doc: Wish I met her.
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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 »

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Not a bad football/soccer and prison film
22 September 2004 | by StayinFrostySee all my reviews

Based on the 1974 American movie, The Longest Yard, Mean Machine is about an ex-pro footballer/soccer player who is sent to prison. Hated at first, he gains friends when he begins to coach an all-convict soccer team against the prison guards' already-established team.

I haven't seen the original so I can't compare them but I found Mean Machine pretty enjoyable. Vinnie Jones does a good job as Danny Meehan and it's nice to see him in a role where he's not the scary one. I liked the subtle humour as well, from Massive's ironic name to the unpredictable Monk (the crazy "Scot even the Scots are afraid of" - convincingly played by Jason Statham) to the pair of commentators, Bob and Bob at the final match.

The DVD I saw included audio tracks for both the original UK theatrical release and the "domestic" (i.e. American) release. After watching the original, I learned that the American had a few words re-dubbed to make the language easier to understand for these audiences. I then watched the second version and didn't find much of a difference between the two. There were some things that the character Nitro said that were noticeably re-dubbed (which didn't help much considering the way he shouts!) and a few slang terms were changed to more international expressions. I think some reviewers of this film may have been unaware of this and so complained about the more obvious dubbing.

The only one I actually found helpful was when a character says he's in prison "for [an abbreviation]." I didn't catch what he said and the American version replaced the letters with "assault and battery." I found one change a bit puzzling though: Mr. Sykes gives the governor of the prison tips for horse racing, writing letters next to his choices on a newspaper. After losing money on a false winner ("W"), Sykes explains to the governor that "it got smudged in the rain. It says EW: either way." This was changed to "EW: to place." I thought the original was quite clear and the new one no longer matches the letters.

Overall, it's not a bad film. I liked it enough to watch it twice and if you like football/soccer and prison films, there aren't many that combine the two to choose from.


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