The Longest Yard (1974)

Robert Aldrich directs Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert and Ed Lauter in the prison sports movie where a disgraced NFL star is tasked with putting together a team from the chain gang.

The edgiest TV sitcom never made. Everything about it is indulgent and overlong. You hope it will at least snap into shape once the big game begins, split screen and all. Even that treats every shot of coverage as essential subplot. Features early noteworthy roles for Richard Kiel and Bernadette Peters.


Perfect Double Bill: Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

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