The Longest Yard
The Longest Yard (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.

Variety Staff

An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life.

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Nora Sayre
New York Times

Though The Yard is a terrible picture, I'll admit to having unwillingly enjoyed some of the football practice and parts of the final game -- even though it's much too long.

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TV Guide

Part prison film, part football film, this violent but outstanding comedy-drama by gifted action director Robert Aldrich explores the brutality inherent in both the American penal system and football.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

What saves it, aside from good performances by Burt Reynolds and a thundering herd of supporting grotesques, is, of all things, a tough, tiny nut of valid social criticism.

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If it ultimately descends into macho nonsense, then that's all part of the fun.

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Chuck O'Leary

The original has just the right mix of toughness and humor. Burt Reynolds was born to play incarcerated quarterback Paul Crewe.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Very exciting, very witty, and elevated above its action-movie status by Aldrich's deliberate references to Nixon in Albert's characterisation of the warden.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Pardon me if I wasn't blown away by all its simplistic machinations and lighthearted appeal to one's baser instincts.

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Gerardo Orlando

The football sequences are excellent, which makes sense given that half of the actors were college or pro ballers themselves.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This is one of the originals people, a movie that influenced a whole host of other sports movies and has seen a fair few remakes to boot. This movie really had… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Burt Reynolds plays a football player who goes on a spree and is locked in jail and forced to play football. There are a few disturbing things, like the old… More
Jim Hunter
An inmate forms a football team to compete against the prison guards' team. Almost all sports film invariably devolve into cliches. There's something… More
Mister Caple
The movie that cemented Burt Reynolds as a bonafide action superstar of the 70's
Alex roy
Decent enough sports film, The Longest Yard for me, has been s tad overhyped and its reputation slightly killed the tone of the film for me. The film is far… More
xGary Xx
Gritty and brutal sports-prison film hybrid that sees Burt Reynolds at his most watchable, sticking it ot the man via american football. It has shades of… More