The Longest Yard (1974)

 Rated R, you mean machiners.

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As the Super Bowl approaches, it’s the right time for a gab about one of the most-famous football flicks of ’em all. This 17th edition of Scoring At The Movies shows much love for Burt Reynolds, who was just starting a run of dominance at the box office…and in fan’s cockles. We talked a lot about the Adam Sandler almost-good remake and also about how Burt’s original version just isn’t very funny. Robert Aldrich’s flick has some real tonal problems. It deals with some serious issues like racism and prison brutality, then doles out some dated and often offensive “jokes”. This bag is mixed. But as Mo from The Simpsons might say, it’s not without its charm. Get to listenin’!

For The Record: The final score in the big game is 36-35.


Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1974 in film

1974 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: the 2005 Longest Yard and Cool Hand Luke and Rocky and Smokey And The Bandit and Rudy and Boogie Nights and Friday Night Lights

YouTube links: Paul breaks up violently with his lady friend and the car chase and recruiting the Mean Machine and things get rough in the big game and Wrecking Crewe runs ‘er home and Wrecking Crewe stupidly chases after the ball

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Cool Runnings

February 7th on Scoring At The Movies: Ready To Rumble