The Longest Yard (1974) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert
Length: 121 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 4 out of 68 found boring (5.88%)

One-line Reviews (41)

It's highly engaging as a comedy piece whilst also being octane inventive as an action junkie's series of events.

" Overall, I just felt like this film was somewhat dated and runs at a pretty slow pace.

Rough, rousing, ribald comedy drama fantasy with a great football game.

Tongue and Cheek satire and sports movies generally are not exactly two movies genres that you combine together, however Burt Reynolds did not believe that, and as a result he starred in a movie that manages to be funny, poignant, intense, and everything in-between.

Along the way, Burt gives us his normal glib-but-entertaining wisecracks and personality and we get some wild characters to go with him, such as the very likable "Caretaker" (James Hampton).

But there are down sides, like some of the scenes are so slow and boring you loose interest in the story.

But the final half hour of the movie, like the remake, is entertaining enough to be watched at least once for fun.

When the team begins practicing, how they go from being really really bad to fairly decent is as entertaining as the rest of the film.

The editing was sharp, hey – it won an Oscar, but when the editor uses boxes to make the game seem more exciting, I was just distracted further from the game.

In any case, others might find this more enjoyable than I did.

Highly Entertaining Mix of Laughs and Drama .

Albert is a far cry from his amiable sitcom persona and is surprisingly intense and even scary in his role.

Very entertaining flick .

Personally I Found This Movie Really Boring .

It's extremely well made and very well written, and I thought Eddie Albert was fantastic as the sadistic and asshole Warden, plus it has some exciting Football action as well.

I could see the reason to bring some style to the game, but the boxes, different pans, and multi-angles just felt cliché and randomly inserted to keep the attention of the viewers.

Reynolds, near the beginning of his wild ride to fame, is close to his sexiest in this cheeky, rough, but very entertaining, prison/football flick.

I loved the ending as it had Burt running in for the touchdown in slow motion as that was really neat, and the scene where Burt is driving/running away from the cops was really funny as well, as it was cool how he outsmarted them, plus It also has some good serious moments as well, as some of the scenes with Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert were quite intense!.

The sex scene with Burt and Bernedette Peters was especially entertaining (what was up with her hair?

Burt's second best film behind Deliverance but far more entertaining.

The football game itself is very exciting.

An All-American and macho movie, yes, but it should be enjoyable by all.

Overall, a brainless-but-lots of fun flick and very fast-moving one, typically sleazy (er, "gritty," as critics preferred to call them) movie of its decade.

What most people remember about The Longest Yard is the big game, but everything leading up to it is just as enjoyable.

It sets the stage for engaging football scenes and whole lotta fun.

I guess it helps that I like Burt Reynolds, but there's something about the picture itself that makes it memorable as well as entertaining.

Reynolds is entertaining as a former pro football star who's sent to prison.

Sounds real good to Albert who has a mean streak in him that Reynolds is slow to realize.

Harry Caesar is excellent as Granville he was quite likable and rather intense.

This movie overall was very entertaining and a must see for Burt Reynolds fans.

Very Entertaining Movie .

"The Longest Yard" is entertaining through and through; there is not one sequence in the movie which drags on.

So with this step up he really gives an all out entertaining performance as Paul Crewe and the characters really make the movie in a special way.

)If you're bored, give this one a try...

All Pro Cast Supports Predictable Material .

Fairly entertaining prison / action comedy .

Eddie Albert is brilliant as the sadistic asshole warden he was extremely unlikable I hated him, he also had some very intense scenes with Reynolds.

A totally preposterous plot it is, but that's part of what makes this film so enjoyable.

Still, it is entertaining from beginning to end and worth the money.

Overall an entertaining film.

Robert Aldrich directs with panache, the music is very good, the story is gripping, the script is sharp and the acting is excellent.