The Longest Yard

The Longest Yard is about former popular professional quarterback Paul Crewe who is sent to prison. He decides to create a makeshift team of inmates to face off against a team of prison guards in a game of football.

Released 1974; Runtime 121 minutes
Remade 2005; Runtime 113 minutes

Concepts for 2005 release
  • Aggression & Violence: Both the inmate and guard teams are extremely aggressive towards each other when playing.
  • Coaching: Paul coaches the inmates despite many of them not knowing much about football.
  • Motivation (Extrinsic): Paul uses a variety of tactics to motivate his team, but none is more motivating then the mean prison warden.
  • Substance Abuse: A major alcohol problem at the beginning of the movie was the reason the quarterback was imprisoned.
  • Team Cohesion: The inmates helped each other in many ways to pull off the win against the prison guards.
  • Underdogs: The inmates' football team is clearly the underdog in the movie; at first they don't even believe they have a chance at winning.