The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Sport

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Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.




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  • Adam Sandler at an event for Total Request Live (1998)
  • Nelly and Michael Irvin in The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Chris Rock at an event for Total Request Live (1998)
  • Kevin Nash and Bill Romanowski in The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard (2005)

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28 May 2005 | jellyneckr
Peter Segal's best film since TOMMY BOY
In 1994, Peter Segal made his feature film directorial debut with NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, the hilarious concluding chapter of the NAKED GUN series. His follow-up was the even funnier TOMMY BOY in 1995, one of the best comedies of the 1990s. His next film, MY FELLOW Americans, was pretty funny but failed to generate the same number of laughs as his two previous films. Still, it seemed like Segal was destined to become one of the next great comedy directors. That is until 2000's NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, a lame rehash of the 1996 remake. Since then, he's continued to direct pretty mediocre comedies like ANGER MANAGEMENT and 50 FIRST DATES so I had low expectations when I heard he was to direct the THE LONGEST YARD. Luckily, THE LONGEST YARD, his latest movie, is his best film since TOMMY BOY thanks to Segal's great comedic direction. In addition to handling the comedy well, he also does a fantastic job with the football scenes. In fact, I think it is safe to say that because of Segal's direction, THE LONGEST YARD is the best football film of the 2000s so far.

Anybody that knows me knows that if there is one type of movie I hate, it's remakes. There is no reason for them, making them pointless. However, for whatever reason, I actually enjoyed this one. From the great opening shot of a beautiful girl swimming in a pool to the very last shot of Warden Hazen (James Cromwell) getting Gatorade poured all over him, I found myself having a ball. It's just an all around fun film. Everyone does a great job with their roles (especially Sandler and Rock) and for an almost two hour movie, THE LONGEST YARD is fast-paced.

Still, THE LONGEST YARD has its fair share of problems. The rap sound track doesn't seem to fit the picture very well, some of the jokes fall pretty flat(i.e. most of the gay jokes), and there's not nearly as much character development as there was in the original. Despite these flaws, THE LONGEST YARD remains one of the highlights of 2005. Recommended.

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Michael Papajohn (Guard Papajohn) was Adam Sandler's stuntman in The Waterboy (1998), making the hard hits as Bobby Boucher. In this movie, things came full circle as Michael has his own stuntman.


Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.


When Scarborough is giving them the trick play for the final points, Deacon is shown standing right next to him with his helmet off. Immediately after that, Deacon is not beside Scarborough, and he has his helmet on. Then immediately after that, he's next to Scarborough again, with his helmet off again.

Alternate Versions

On cruise ship and airline versions, the profanity has not only been redubbed, but quite a bit of alternate footage has been inserted to tone the language down. For instance, Caretaker's line "Tell Ronnie you got knocked the fuck out" has been changed to "Well, tell Ronnie he should have warned you about that truck". Also, when Caretaker is telling the prison "women" that "it's football, not balls-ball", it has been replaced with "it's football, not *that* kind of ball". And when Ms. Tucker tells Brucie that his "breath smells like eight cans of shark shit", this has been replaced with "your breath smells so bad, I don't know whether to get you a toothbrush or some toilet paper". Cuts have been made to the video sequences between Crewe and the Warden's assistant, and to the one with Brucie and Ms. Tucker. In the final football game, the repeated statement "I think he just shit himself" has been changed to "I think he broke his freakin' neck".


Tommy Lee, Timothy Murray, Scott Kirkland & Scott Humphrey
Performed by Methods of Mayhem featuring Scott Kirkland
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises


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Comedy | Crime | Sport

Box Office


$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,606,480 29 May 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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