The Longest Yard 2005

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Comedy about a pro quarterback Paul Crewe and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro, who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game 'fixed' to turn out quite another way.

Starring:
Walter Williamson,Burt Reynolds
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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The Longest Yard

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Peter Segal
Starring Walter Williamson, Burt Reynolds
Supporting actors James Cromwell, Michael Irvin, Nelly, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
The second remake of Robert Aldrich's The Longest Yard is a typical bit of modern product: slick, commercial, soulless and forgettable, going through the motions without ever really making contact. It's better than 2001's Vinnie Jones British version from the same studio, The Mean Machine (the UK title for the original), and it isn't quite as lowbrow as you might expect coming from the director of The Nutty Professor 2, but it doesn't stand comparison with the Aldrich film even as Saturday night entertainment. Adam Sandler isn't the first person you'd think of to play a disgraced quarterback sentenced to three years for stealing and wrecking his girlfriend's car, and as if his physical slightness wasn't enough of a problem, unlike Burt Reynolds in the original, he doesn't have the courage to play unlikeable at the film's beginning. It's not bitterness or self-loathing that gets him into prison, it's high spirits and a smartass attitude that we're supposed to like. That need to be liked extends to the convicts as well, who are all loveable innocents played purely for laughs, which not only takes the danger and semi-realism out of it but also make everything come too easy to the characters even before the star is given a literal Get Out of Jail Free card: they don't really earn their chance to knock the excrement out of the guards and the violence is more cartoonish as a consequence. Worse, the film spoonfeeds the audience, explaining everything in the blandest fashion possible and underlining every big speech with would-be inspiring music because it knows the words and the scene themselves just aren't up to doing it for themselves.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jut on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
He's got the shakes that'll make you quake, he's got the fries that'll cross your eyes, he's got the burgers that'll make . . . . he's just got burgers. And thats the truth, with some cheese on it! aint no meatloaf between these buns!
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Paul Crewe was a 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 the Warden, 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 guards. With the help of convict Caretaker, and an old legend named Nate Scarborough to coach, Crewe is ready for 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....

Here is another movie that proves that Sandler is capable of making a very good movie, that not only makes you laugh, but it's exciting to boot too.

it's a remake of a movie I haven't seen (which in turn was remade in 2001 as mean Machine with Vinnie Jones, which was awful), but everything you would expect from an underdog movie is all here and present.

Everybody ridicules him at first,

One guy from a gang joins, and all the others join in turn,

The warden feels threatened so he threatens Crewe in return,

It all turns out good in the end, but nearly goes the wardens way, before Crewe has an epiphany.

Troupes like this are rife throughout all these sorts of movies, but they work, even though we know what will happen long before it's hit the fifteen minute mark.

The cast are great, and Sandler yet again has provided us with some random characters that are utterly hilarious.

Its a fun movie, nothing serious, but entertaining.
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The Longest Yard was released in 2005 and I understand is a remake of a 1974 film that also starred Burt Reynolds.

The plot of this one focuses on Paul Crewe, an ex American Football player, who is sentenced to 3 years in a Texas prison for drink driving. Fortunately for him, the warden of the prison loves football and wants Crewe to help his team of guards prepare for the prison league. To prepare for this, he initiates a football game: Crewe will gather a team of cons to play the guards. What follows is a film that, in my book, is absolutely hilarious and never, ever fails to bring a smile to my face.

What you really want here is the characters - the film is jam-packed with an hilarious cast of characters you won't soon forget. Also, for me, another selling point to this film is the inclusion of former and (at the time, anyhow) current Pro Wrestlers. Among the cast, you have Bill Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Great Khali. All of these men actually 'can' act and so do not 'upset' the film in any way.

So, to conclude, if you want to laugh, and laugh out loud, then The Longest Yard is definitely for you! However, in saying that, it's not all laughs. There's a small bit of tragedy along the way and, by the end of the film, one should feel a tear or two coming on. I know I did!

Buy this film - guaranteed laughs here and most definitely money well spent!

Thanks for reading.
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