The 1st and Ten Blogathon – The Longest Yard (1974) – Encore Review

This is my 5th of 6 submissions for the The 1st and Ten Blogathon being run by J-Dub over at Dubism and Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In

Tnx for letting me take part!

“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, 7 April 2013 and 5 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A former star football player goes to prison and is coerced by the warden to create a football team to play against the guards.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it over 30 years ago largely because it’s so much fun from start to finish.

Burt Reynolds does an amazing job here in the lead role and helps make things feel so realistic by the way that he plays this character.

The character arc is presented really well and it feels genuine in the way that things play out for him over the course of the film.

The best part about this film is actually the fact that they never take themselves very seriously, but things still work really well since they are able to keep things interesting and enjoyable throughout.

The choice to make this film focus so heavily on the football match itself is amazing because they are able to spend nearly half of the film allowing us to watch the cons and guards inflict so much pain on each other without a feeling of things being repetitious at all.

The game actually gets more and more exciting as things move along and there are so many really fun scenes that keep popping up along the way.

The supporting cast is also great here and I loved seeing Eddie Albert, Richard Kiel, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Harry Caesar and Bernadette Peters all partake in this film especially since each of them add so much to the overall story.

Great message that rings true throughout.

Bottom Line – Great film that is so much fun the entire way through. Reynolds is superb in the lead and makes this film feel so realistic by the way that he plays his character. The story never takes itself 100% serious throughout, yet still works because it it makes things so interesting the whole way through.  Love how the film spends so much time on the game itself and even at close to half of the run time, they never make the story or scenes feel repetitious as the guards and cons inflict so much pain on one another as the game gets more and more exciting as it moves along. Great supporting cast! Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Some of the actors had previously played professional football. Burt Reynolds played for Florida State University, and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts. Mike Henry played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams. Joe Kapp played quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Ray Nitschke was a middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Pervis Atkins played for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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3 thoughts on “The 1st and Ten Blogathon – The Longest Yard (1974) – Encore Review

  1. Pingback: The “1st and 10” Movie Blog-A-Thon Is Here! | Dubsism

  2. I love this movie, and I love that it became part of this blog-a-thon. I’ve written about this movie myself; it was an examination of how Warden Hazen is really underrated as one of the great movie villians of all time.

    And for some fun with the theme, take a look at my all-time NFL “all locked up” team…

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  3. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1974 | MovieRob

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