The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard

DVD - 2005
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Filmed on location at the Georgia State Prison, semi-pro football is played with the cons as the heroes and the guards as the heavies.
Publisher: Hollowood, Calif. : Paramount Home Video, 2005
Edition: Lockdown ed
ISBN: 9781415711606
Branch Call Number: DVD F Lon


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I saw THE LONGEST YARD on its original release, the summer of 1974, in a massive movie theater not unlike the old, now-demolished UA 150 on Sixth Avenue downtown. It's impossible to recapture the sensation of a ten-year-old boy watching the beginning of the movie when Burt Reynolds, clad in a hipster leisure suit, assaults the wealthy woman who is keeping him as a gigolo, steals her foreign sports car and humiliates the police in a road race -- all to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Saturday Night Special." It is as if the world was exploding in fireworks. Watching THE LONGEST YARD again last weekend, I didn't get as high as when I was ten. It is an excellent movie though. Reynolds is at the peak of his powers. Eddie Albert is terrific as the warden. The script is lean and efficient and appropriately anti-establishment in the age of Vietnam and Watergate. It might have been the high-water mark in the United States.

Sep 23, 2014

Silly, but enjoyable football prison comedy. Burt Reynolds is at his swaggeringest as a washed up football player who gets tossed into prison for stealing his girlfriend's car and resisting arrest and then puts together a team of cons to play the guards. The football game takes up nearly the entire second half of the film. Eddie Albert ("Green Acres") is the sadistic prison warden (are there any other kind?) and James Hampton (the dad from "Teen Wolf"), Ed Lauter, and Richard Kiel ("Jaws" from the Bond films) co-star. Robert Aldrich ("The Dirty Dozen") directs. Also see "North Dallas Forty" and "Semi-Tough." Remade in 2005 with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Reynolds.

marmie Jan 01, 2013

Burt Reynolds played football for Florida State and is believable as the central character, unlike Adam Sandler in the remake. Go with the original, it's so much better. Very entertaining and funny.


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