Longest Yard
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Longest Yard

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Director: Peter Segal

Cast: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds

     
 

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One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) was once a famous professional football player, but after several years out of the limelight and an alcohol problem have taken their toll, Crewe is arrested for a serious traffic accident aggravated by the fact he was drunk.… See more details below

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One of the toughest and best-remembered sports movies of the 1970s gets a humorous makeover in this comedy. Paul "Wrecking" Crewe (Adam Sandler) was once a famous professional football player, but after several years out of the limelight and an alcohol problem have taken their toll, Crewe is arrested for a serious traffic accident aggravated by the fact he was drunk. Crewe is sentenced to Allenville Penitentiary, where Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) is something of a football fan. Hazen had organized his guards into an impressive football team, and clears a healthy profit by taking bets on their games. Looking to make the competition more interesting, Hazen suggests that Crewe put together a team from the inmate population to play his guards. With the help of fellow prisoner Caretaker (Chris Rock), Crewe recruits the heaviest hitters from the cell block for the team, but the guys don't play like a unit until Crewe and Caretaker get some help from Nate Scarborough (Burt Reynolds), a former college and NFL coach doing hard time. Adapted from Robert Aldrich's 1974 box-office smash of the same name, The Longest Yard also features rap star Nelly and Nicholas Turturro; the film has previously been loosely remade in 2001 as Mean Machine, with the action moved to England and the game changed to soccer.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the year’s most pleasant surprises, Adam Sandler’s remake of the hugely successful 1974 prison drama not only does justice to the original but, arguably, improves upon it as well. Disgraced former gridiron star Paul Crewe (Sandler, in the Burt Reynolds role), sent to prison on a reckless-endangerment conviction, is ordered by hard-bitten Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) to organize a football squad made up of convicts, and then engage the guards’ team, headed by sadistic Captain Knauer (William Fichtner), in a televised exhibition game. Expected to lose badly -- while giving the guards some much-needed practice -- Crewe gets unexpected help from another imprisoned football player, old-timer Nate Scarborough (Reynolds), and a well-connected inmate, Caretaker (Chris Rock). Like the original, this Yard juxtaposes the brutish quality of competitive football with the equally brutish reality of prison life. The hardened inmates initially reject Crewe’s recruitment effort -- until they realize that a game would give them the opportunity to inflict physical punishment on the guards who mistreat them. What’s genuinely surprising is how credibly Sandler handles the physicality of a very demanding role. He does most if not all of his character’s onscreen gridiron stunts, handling and throwing the football with a lot more skill than anybody has any right to expect from a Saturday Night Live alumnus. And he lets his fellow cast members, especially Rock, get most of the laughs -- of which there are many. This is yet another indication that Sandler is trying to distance himself from the imbecilic screen comedy that made him a top box-office draw. Nobody will ever confuse him for a classically trained Shakespearean actor, but he’s definitely maturing. As for the Big Game, even if the outcome is never in doubt, you’ll find yourself swept up in the same rush of enthusiasm felt by the characters themselves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
UPC:
0097360462845
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00

Special Features

First Down and Twenty-Five to Life; The Care and Feeding of Pro Athletes; Lights, Camera, Touchdown; Extra Points with commentary by director Peter Segal; Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Peter Segal; Music video: "Errtime" by Nelly; Here Comes the Boom; Fumbles and Stumbles; Full screen version; Dolby Digital - English 5.1 surround, English 2.0 surround, French 2.0 surround; English and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Paul "Wrecking" Crewe
Chris Rock Caretaker
Burt Reynolds Nate Scarborough
Nelly Meggert
James Cromwell Warden Hazen
William Fichtner Captain Knauer
Michael Irvin Deacon Moss
David Patrick Kelly Unger
Bill Romanowski Guard Lambert
Bill Goldberg Battle
Brian Bosworth Guard Garner
Kevin Nash Guard Engleheart
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin Guard Dunham
Bob Sapp Switowski
Dalip Singh Turley
Cloris Leachman Lynette
Nicholas Turturro Brucie
Tracy Morgan Ms. Tucker
Terry Crews Cheeseburger Eddy
Lobo Sebastian Torres
Ed Lauter Duane
Courteney Cox Actor
Jim Rome Announcer
Dan Patrick Actor
Chris Berman Actor
Rob Schneider Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Segal Director
Alan Au Art Director
Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Allen Covert Executive Producer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Ewing Executive Producer
David Gale Executive Producer
Marc C. Ganis Associate Producer
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
Kevin Grady Associate Producer
Tim Herlihy Executive Producer
John Hockridge Asst. Director
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
John Papsidera Casting
Heather Parry Co-producer
Albert S. Ruddy Executive Producer,Original Story
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Sheldon Turner Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Longest Yard
1. Trained Monkey [1:05]
2. A Very Public Break-Up [4:37]
3. Welcome to Allenville [2:41]
4. Hornet's Nest [6:26]
5. Football Tree-Outs [:13]
6. Nate Scarborough [6:26]
7. Recruiting [:47]
8. One on One [4:35]
9. Brokeded Nose [3:03]
10. Snitch [:20]
11. There Goes the Neighborhood [4:44]
12. Acting Like Convicts [2:00]
13. Caretaker's Gifts [4:48]
14. Mean Machine [3:40]
15. Unsportsmanlike Conduct [:08]
16. Schoolyard Bull$#!+ [3:38]
17. Quite a Predicament [2:31]
18. Confession [1:58]
19. The Old Man's Turn [6:59]
20. Game Ball [6:37]
1. Hopscotch - Ext/Alt [:27]
2. Huddle - Ext/Alt [:19]
3. Broken Nose - Ext/Alt [1:04]
4. Chicken Dinner [1:35]
5. Battle & Knauer - Ext/Alt [1:09]
6. Engleheart Butt Slap - Del [:21]
7. Red McCombs - Vikings Owner - Del [:25]
8. Hurting Now - Del [:23]
9. Ms. Tucker Tag - Del [:27]

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