Cinema: Dirty Eleven

THE LONGEST YARD

Directed by ROBERT ALDRICH Screenplay by TRACY KEENAN WYNN

Basically, The Longest Yard is a cynical, often brutal, crudely stated movie that blends two seemingly unmixable genres—the slice of sadistic prison life and the equally ancient tale of an underdog football team conquering impossible odds to win the Big Game.

What saves it, aside from good performances by Burt Reynolds and a thundering herd of supporting grotesques, is, of all things, a tough, tiny nut of valid social criticism.

Reynolds plays a former star expelled from pro football for shaving points, fired as a gigolo when he beats up his patroness and...

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