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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.

Director:

Peter Segal

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Al Ruddy (story) (as Albert S. Ruddy), Tracy Keenan Wynn | 1 more credit »
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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's time to even the score 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:

The Longest Yard 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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

David Patrick Kelly played pyromaniac Unger in this movie. He also played T-Bird in The Crow (1994), another character obsessed with fire and explosions. See more »

Goofs

During the game, there is a split screen of the guards on offense and the cons on defense. Knauer yells, 'White 50', you can clearly see one of the guards jump and the refs should've called a false start. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #12.28 (2004) See more »

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by Asani Charles & Bryan Bonwell
Performed by Natasha Barr
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group/BZEE ROC Music
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Peter Segal's best film since TOMMY BOY
28 May 2005 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

In 1994, Peter Segal made his feature film directorial debut with NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, the hilarious concluding chapter of the NAKED GUN series. His follow-up was the even funnier TOMMY BOY in 1995, one of the best comedies of the 1990s. His next film, MY FELLOW Americans, was pretty funny but failed to generate the same number of laughs as his two previous films. Still, it seemed like Segal was destined to become one of the next great comedy directors. That is until 2000's NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, a lame rehash of the 1996 remake. Since then, he's continued to direct pretty mediocre comedies like ANGER MANAGEMENT and 50 FIRST DATES so I had low expectations when I heard he was to direct the THE LONGEST YARD. Luckily, THE LONGEST YARD, his latest movie, is his best film since TOMMY BOY thanks to Segal's great comedic direction. In addition to handling the comedy well, he also does a fantastic job with the football scenes. In fact, I think it is safe to say that because of Segal's direction, THE LONGEST YARD is the best football film of the 2000s so far.

Anybody that knows me knows that if there is one type of movie I hate, it's remakes. There is no reason for them, making them pointless. However, for whatever reason, I actually enjoyed this one. From the great opening shot of a beautiful girl swimming in a pool to the very last shot of Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) getting Gatorade poured all over him, I found myself having a ball. It's just an all around fun film. Everyone does a great job with their roles (especially Sandler and Rock) and for an almost two hour movie, THE LONGEST YARD is fast-paced.

Still, THE LONGEST YARD has its fair share of problems. The rap sound track doesn't seem to fit the picture very well, some of the jokes fall pretty flat(i.e. most of the gay jokes), and there's not nearly as much character development as there was in the original. Despite these flaws, THE LONGEST YARD remains one of the highlights of 2005. Recommended.


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