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The Longest Yard (1974)
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The Longest Yard (1974)

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The movie is based on a real-life association football game in 1942 between German soldiers and Ukrainian prisoners of war during World War II, known as the Death Match. An ex-football star doing time is forced by the warden to organize a team of inmates to play against (and get pummeled by) his own line-up of guards. 
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TV Guide
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March 21, 2007

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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Bullz-Eye.com
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July 05, 2005

The football sequences are excellent, which makes sense given that half of the actors were college or pro ballers themselves.
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Time Out
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February 09, 2006

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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Reno Gazette-Journal

June 02, 2005

The film drags until it reaches the climactic football game, and the contest itself doesn't justify the two-hour run.
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Film4
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July 31, 2008

If it ultimately descends into macho nonsense, then that's all part of the fun.
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TIME Magazine
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August 04, 2008

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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Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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October 11, 2007

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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New York Times

May 09, 2005

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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FulvueDrive-in.com

February 18, 2006

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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Combustible Celluloid
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May 30, 2005

One of Robert Aldrich's biggest hits, The Longest Yard (1974) combines his ferocious worldview with a new kind of rambunctious audience appeal...
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Variety
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August 04, 2008

An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life.
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Film Threat
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July 03, 2005

Aldrich...created Paul Crewe just as much as Reynolds did.
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