Longest Yard 2005

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Product Overview

A former pro football quarterback suddenly lands in a maximum security prison and is ordered to put together a team of cons to play a grudge game against te guards.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 40719823
UPC 097363434948
UPC 14 00097363434948
Format DVD
Release Date 2/15/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Competitions
Crime
Football Players
Prison
Prison/Prisoners
Theatrical Release
Violence
Editors Note
Note Director Peter Segal (50 FIRST DATES, ANGER MANAGEMENT) and comedian Adam Sandler are at it again in a fun remake of the 1974 classic, THE LONGEST YARD. In the role of Paul "Wrecking" Crewe, first immortalized by Burt Reynolds (who appears here as Nate Scarborough), Sandler plays an ex-football star whose career ended amidst allegations of point shaving. Fed up, he drunkenly steals his unfriendly wife's (an uncredited Courtney Cox) luxury car and drives it into a multi-car pileup. This lands Crewe in a cruel Texas state penitentiary. His only respite comes from Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) who wants Crewe to help lead his well-equipped prison-guard football team to the league championship. Crewe timorously agrees, suggesting the creation of an opposing team of convicts to the give the guards an easy tune-up before the season. To the ragtag inmates, this is the chance they've been waiting for, and they hustle to get their team together so they can exact some revenge on the harassing guards.^In THE LONGEST YARD, Sandler steps out of the spotlight he enjoyed in films like BILLY MADISON and HAPPY GILMORE and is instead content to let his sizable cast of costars shine in the comedic light. Both the guard and the convict teams are infused with solid contributions from a swath of entertaining personalities: ex-football stars Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski and Brian Bosworth; pro wrestlers Bill Goldberg and "Stone-Cold" Steve Austin; ESPN anchors Chris Berman and Dan Patrick; and famed rapper Nelly. However, it is Chris Rock, as Crewe's friend Caretaker, whose scenes never fail to steal the show, providing some of the movie's most memorable laughs.
Reviews
USA Today "[M]ore smoothly crafted than the 1974 slapstick version....The new version has the zip of a 96-yard punt return..." 05/27/2005 p.8E
Directors
Peter Segal
Actors
Burt Reynolds
Adam Sandler
Chris Rock
Cast & Crew
Adam Sandler - Actor
Albert S. Ruddy - Writer
Barry Bernardi - Executive Producer
Burt Reynolds - Actor
Chris Rock - Actor
Dean Semler - Cinematographer
Jack Giarraputo - Producer
James Cromwell - Actor
Jeff Gourson - Editor
Peter Segal - Director
Sheldon Turner - Screenplay
Teddy Castellucci - Musical Score
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 343494
UPC 00097363434948
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Reviews
ReviewSource LA Weekly
Review Peter Segal's film, a predictable, choppy affair at best, boasts an understated, likable performance by Sandler, but here we never feel, as we did with the original, invested in the outcome of the final game, or convinced of the redeemability of the movie's sordid protagonist.
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Reviewer Kim Morgan
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review It's an honest remake of the original "The Longest Yard" (1974), in contrast with all the disguised remakes that have popped up in the intervening decades. Before "The Longest Yard," there had been other sports movies, but "LY" was the first to show that the depiction of a game could serve, not just as a movie's climax, but as a lengthy act in itself -- that audiences would gladly sit and watch a fictional game just as they'd watch a real game on television, with the same focus and concentration. Sports movies have capitalized on that discovery ever since.
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Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This afternoon I attended a press conference of the Cannes jury. Its president, Emir Kusturica, said at one point that Cannes "kills uniformity." Its films are made one at a time. "To be global," he said, "to make a film that plays everywhere, you have to be slightly stupid." How do you like that; the bastard went and spoiled "The Longest Yard" for me.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Sandler,Adam
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC Adam Sandlers best, funniest movie...
Joe Leydon, Variety Sandler impressively assumes the Reynolds role here, with strong support by Reynolds himself...
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly ...each scene with Sandler a reaffirmation of the old friendship between the two successful SNL alums.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a ripsnorter that is irresistibly entertaining.

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