“Alright men, now here’s the play we’re gonna use. I don’t think the guards know this formation. It’s called ‘incidental punishment after the ball is blown dead.’ Remember, any man you tackle gets an elbow, knee, or kick in the mouth.” – Granville
Number of Times Seen – at least 5 (on video in the 80’s and the 90’s and 7 April 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Paul Crewe, a former pro football quarterback is imprisoned and in order to ease his sentence, he must organize a pick-up game between the guards and prisoners
My Take on it – As a teenager, one of my brother’s and a friend of his use to bring home “older” movies from the 70’s and I would watch the movies together with them. This along with The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) were my favorites. Coincidentally both movies have been remade and neither of the remakes are even close to the genius of the originals. It always amazed me how easy it was for Crewe and his crew (pun intended) to recruit team members from the most vicious cons in the prison while the whole time the warden and also the captain of the guards football team didn’t care. They all thought that it would be a piece of cake for them to mow over the unorganized prisoner team.
I’m not a big football fan, but I was pleased to see that nearly half of the running time of this movie was dedicated to the actual game and the training was shown mostly in snippets. When watching the game, you don’t seem to care who wins since you see how much fun the prisoners are having while viciously playing the equally brutal guards. I’m not a fan of violence for violence sake, but it always was entertaining watching this movie.
Bottom Line – Great fun, very enjoyable movie. Even after seeing this movie so many times, I still crack up at the insane brutality between the guards and prisoners during the game. Recommended
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)