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The Longest Yard (1974)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robert Aldrich

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About the Movie

In this rough-and tumble movie, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prison, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' semi-pro football team to the national championship. Burt Reynolds plays one-time pro quarterback Paul Crewe, now behind bars for leading State Police on a wild chase in a "borrowed car" and more. He agrees to organize a prisoners' team to play the guards. The warden intercedes to assure that his goon squad will meet only passive resistance from Crewe's "Mean Machine." But the license to pound on their hated guards is a big incentive for murderers and thieves to learn strategy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Nora Sayre, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An outstanding action drama, combining the brutish excitement of football competition with the brutalities of contemporary prison life. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: If it ultimately descends into macho nonsense, then that's all part of the fun. – Film4, Jan 24, 2014

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Customer Reviews


has anyone seen this movie, because I have not but i have seen the new one.

The first and the best

Thank you iTunes!! I have been waiting for this one for a while. This version is a whole lot better than the remake. Check it out; you won't be disappointed.

One of the all time classic sports movies

This is one of the movies you never get tired of watching. An all time classic. One of Burt Reynolds' best movies. So glad iTunes decided to get this one.