The Longest Yard
It was hard to put a team together… until they found out who they were playing.
If you can’t get out, get even
It’s time to even the score
Hit hard or go home.
Courteney Cox as: Lena
Release Date: 27 May 2005 (USA)
Walt: What happened?
Lena: He locked me in the closet and left me to die.
Walt: [gasps] He’s deranged!
Lorenzo: I love that dress.
Lena: Of course you do, Lorenzo, you made it.
• Snoop Dogg was attached to the film but dropped out.
• Gary Oldman was in talks to play the prison warden but negotiations fell through.
• Steve Austin tore his hamstring while training for the football scenes.
• Burt Reynolds and Ed Lauter are the only two actors from the original film to appear in this remake.
• This movie was shipped to theaters under the name “Uncle Bill”.
• Chris Berman’s play call of “Look at that little Meggett run!” is a reference to a famous “NFL Monday Night Football” (1970) incident. Howard Cosell’s original call of “Look at that little monkey run!” in describing Washington Redskin Alvin Garrett sparked a controversy and accusations of racism because Garrett was black. Berman even tries to imitate Cosell’s voice on the call. Berman also used this line and voice on ESPN when describing the play of former New York Giants running back Dave Meggett.
• The movie was filmed in a closed down part of the New Mexico State Penitentary called “Old Main”. It was this part of the prison where one of the worst prison riots in U.S. history occurred on 2 February 1980. The state offers the building for rent for film purposes.
• Tim Herlihy, Sandler’s preferred screenwriter, was brought in to rewrite some dialog. He didn’t receive any credits.
• Was to be filmed in Jefferson City, Missouri at a prison that was recently closed. However, city workers weren’t able to prepare the prison in time for production.
• Edward Bunker’s last film.
• Filming of the football game occured during El Camino College’s fall semester. As a result, the stadium set stayed up during El Camino’s home football games. Some of the extras in the crowd during the stadium scene are El Camino College students.
• ‘Burt Reynolds’ wears the same number in both versions of the movie. He’s #22.
• The video game played by the guards is Halo 2.
• One of the police officers who pulls Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) over is Dan Patrick from “SportsCenter” (1979). He’s the tall officer with the mustache.
• The cast of the movie includes WWE superstars. They are The Great Dalip Singh, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kevin Nash and Bill Goldberg. Also in the movie are former professional football players Michael Irvin, Bill Romanowski and Brian Bosworth. Singer Nelly is also in the cast.
• The numbers that Michael Irvin and Bill Romanowski wore (88 and 53) were the numbers they wore in the NFL.
• Michael Irvin played a practical joke on Bill Romanowski while filming a scene in the locker room. Irvin replaced the fake, collapsible locker door that Romanowski head butts with a real, solid locker door. This can be seen as an outtake on the DVD.
• The Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Saturday Night Special” featured in the early part of the chase scene at the film’s beginning was the same song used in the original 1974 version.
• Brian Mann, quarterback of the Arena Football League team the Los Angeles Avengers, was Adam Sandler’s stunt-double.
• Brian Bosworth jersey number was 44, which was his college football number
• Adam Sandler’s character (Paul Crewe) was supposed to have played college football for Florida State Univesity and Pro football for Pittsburgh. Burt Reynolds, who starred in both films, was an All-American running back at Florida State and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
• Five of the six members of the rap group D12 made cameo appearances as convicts playing basketball. The missing sixth member is Eminem who is referenced when Paul is referred to as “Slim Shady”.
• The fanfare used in the Paramount Pictures logo is found only in this film.
• Crewe mentions a “tune-up” game in which he states “In college, we’d start every season against Appalachian State or some slack Division II team. Kick the living shit out of them.” Two years after this movie was released, Appalachian State went on to win 3 National Championships in a row in Division IAA as well as defeating then number 5-ranked Michigan in a “tune-up” game.