The Longest Yard

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Overview

Ex-football star Paul Crewe Burt Reynolds ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen Eddie Albert. Strong-armed into forming an inmate football team, Crewe manages to instill an esprit de corps previously lacking in the prisoners' lives. Besides, they now have the chance to beat the guards' football team, headed by the hissable Capt. Knauer Ed Lauter. Hazen orders Crewe to throw the match; otherwise, Crewe will never get the pardon he's been promised. The football game that follows consumes ...
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Overview

Ex-football star Paul Crewe Burt Reynolds ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen Eddie Albert. Strong-armed into forming an inmate football team, Crewe manages to instill an esprit de corps previously lacking in the prisoners' lives. Besides, they now have the chance to beat the guards' football team, headed by the hissable Capt. Knauer Ed Lauter. Hazen orders Crewe to throw the match; otherwise, Crewe will never get the pardon he's been promised. The football game that follows consumes nearly a third of the picture.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
In keeping with Hollywood's shifting values in the early '70s, the protagonists of this prison comedy are inmates, and not the guards and wardens who oversee them. As in The Last Detail or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the film's representatives of mainstream society are evil or banal, while its rebellious heroes are irreverent and vital. And, as in those films, a charismatic leader helps the audience to identify with the counter-culture heroes -- a role ably filled here by Burt Reynolds. An accomplished football player in college, Reynolds scored his first post-Deliverance hit with The Longest Yard, cementing his status as a Hollywood sex symbol. Filmed on location at a prison in Georgia, the picture has the naturalistic look and "experimental" editing common to films of the time. Michael Luciano was nominated for an Oscar primarily for his energetic editing of the climactic football game, which takes up a full half-hour.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302406
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,973

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Reynolds Paul Crewe
Eddie Albert Warden Hazen
Pervis Atkins Mawabe
Malcolm Atterbury
Michael D. Ford Announcer
Tony Reese Levitt
George Jones Big George
Ed Lauter Capt. Knauer
James Hampton Caretaker
Mike Henry Rassmeusen
Joe Kapp Walking Boss
Joseph Dorsey Bartender
Jack Rockwell Trainer
Sonny Shroyer Tannen
J. Don Ferguson Referee
Chuck Hayward Trooper I
Alfie Wise Trooper
Joe Jackson Little Joe
Robert Tessier Shokner
Michael Conrad Nate Scarboro
Harry Caesar Granville
John Steadman Pop
Charles Tyner Unger
Bernadette Peters Warden's Secretary
Pepper Martin Shop Steward
Ernie Wheelwright Spooner
Richard Kiel Samson
Dino Washington Mason
Ray Nitschke Guard Bogdanski
Mort Marshall Assistant Warden
Anitra Ford Melissa
Sonny Sixkiller The Indian
Ray Ogden Schmidt
Tony Cacciotti Rotka
Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Clifford C. Coleman Asst. Director
Frank De Vol Score Composer
George Hively Editor
Allan Jacobs Editor
Charles James Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Luciano Editor
Albert S. Ruddy Original Story, Producer
James D. Vance Production Designer
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer
Tracy Keenan Wynn Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. All-American SOB [1:22]
2. Behind Bars [5:55]
3. A New Game Plan [1:32]
4. Swamp Reclamation [:28]
5. Fighting Dirty [1:17]
6. Pros & Cons [1:46]
7. Assembling the Team [6:00]
8. The Specialists [7:11]
9. Three Gigantic Rip-Offs [1:34]
10. Caretaker [4:49]
11. Mean Machine [7:44]
12. "I Think I Broke His "F***ing Neck!" [:45]
13. Crewe Cuts Deal With Warden [4:12]
14. Hardball [5:54]
15. Game Ball [2:10]
16. Roster [8:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English
      Audio Options: Fran├žais
      Audio Options: Commentary By Burt Reynolds and Writer/Producer Albert S. Ruddy
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary By Burt Reynolds and Writer/Producer Albert S. Ruddy
      Doing Time on the Longest Yard
      Unleashing the Mean Machine
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Exclusive Look: The Longest Yard [2005]
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GRIDIRON GREATNESS

    Before getting mucked up in a series of 1980's celluloid trash, Burt Reynolds proved he was a solid dramatic actor with a series of great parts, this one right before re-teaming with Robert Aldrich and co-star Eddie Albert, in HUSTLE. Be you a football fan or not, this is a winner of a film. A great (familiar) cast and witty dialogue that scores on every series.

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