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The Longest Yard Academy Award Nomination! 

By Bill Desowitz

Director Robert Aldrich had a knack for depicting outsiders with originality and authenticity. Much like The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Yard is a popular fable about integrity and group unity. It possesses a requisite toughness along with the loneliness that accompanies the outsider status. Compromise is never easy in an Aldrich film. There's always a bitter price to pay.

Burt Reynolds, in peak form, plays a former pro quarterback ostracized for shaving points. After beating up his girlfriend and resisting arrest, Reynolds winds up in prison, where he's taunted by warden Eddie Albert to help his semiprofessional team of guardsmen win a championship. Naturally, the inmates despise Reynolds, and naturally he redeems himself in one of the great movie football matches of all time.

Academy Awards

The Longest Yard received an Academy Awards nomination for Film Editing (Michael Luciano).

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Director: Robert Aldrich

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Jim Hampton, Bernadette Peters, Mike Henry, Charles Tyner, Harry Caesar, Richard Kiel, Robert Tessier, Malcolm Atterbury

Released: October 22, 1974

Availability: DVD VHS


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