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The Longest Yard

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The Longest Yard (1974)

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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. ~

The Longest Yard is a 1974 American film, part comedy, part drama, about inmates at a prison who play football against their guards. Burt Reynolds portrayed Paul "Wrecking" Crewe in this, then the coach Nate Scarborough in the 2005 remake.
The 1974 original was also the basis for the 2001 movie Mean Machine (a shortened version of the title used for the original's UK release), starring Vinnie Jones as Danny Meehan, based on the character of Paul Crewe, and featuring association football instead of American football.
Green Bay Packers legend Ray Nitschke appeared in the 1974 version as did the country music legend George Jones

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