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Mean Machine (2001)

A football star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Director:

Barry Skolnick

Writers:

Tracy Keenan Wynn (earlier screenplay "The Longest Yard"), Charlie Fletcher (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinnie Jones ... Danny Meehan
David Kelly ... Doc
David Hemmings ... Governor
Ralph Brown ... Burton
Vas Blackwood ... Massive
Robbie Gee ... Trojan
Geoff Bell ... Ratchett
John Forgeham ... Charlie Sykes
Sally Phillips ... Tracey
Danny Dyer ... Billy the Limpet
Jason Flemyng ... Bob Likely
Jason Statham ... Monk
Martin Wimbush Martin Wimbush ... Z
David Reid David Reid ... Barman
David Cropman David Cropman ... Second Barman
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Storyline

Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. Whilst in jail, he doesn't recieve any favours because of his celebrity status in the outside world. He is out numbered and many prisoners constantly barrage him with insults for letting down his country in a crucial World Cup game. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. These prisoners have the chance to put one over the evil guards. The prisoners are lead by Danny and the whole of the prison, guards aside, are behind them. Game on...... Written by James Phillips

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Taglines:

It's Not Just About Football, It's About Pride Inside! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Костолом See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$92,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,310,206
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two top billed actors were professional athletes before starting their acting careers. Vinnie Jones was an accomplished British footballer, playing on various teams. He earned a reputation as a, "Hard man", for his aggressive playing style. Jason Statham was a British National Team diver, finishing 12th in the 1992 world championship. See more »

Goofs

When 'Nitro' is bundled into the back of a prison van, he knocks a guard's hat off. As the prison van doors are slammed shut, the guard's hat is still firmly on his head. See more »

Quotes

Hayter: I wouldn't get too close, Miss.
Tracey: Why? You're not dangerous, are you, Mr. Footballer?
Danny Meehan: Only if you've got the ball, Miss.
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Alternate Versions

In the US version some phrases and terms were changed to make the film more understandable for American audiences. For example, when Doc is talking to Danny about why he is in jail, the original dialogue "his little nipper and his bird" are looped with "his little baby and his girl". Additionally in the US version, Nitro has a softer, Liverpool accent, whereas in the original version, he has a Newcastle accent. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mambo Jambo
Written by Perez Predo
Performed by Dave Barbour
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Blimey, need the Mean Machine to eradicate meanness?
5 March 2002 | by janyeapSee all my reviews

Call them old re-cycled clichés from the past perhaps, but this film, with Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham's impressionable performances, is worth seeing before this film hits the video stores or cable! At least, their characters are equally as funny and wild as The Longest Yard-`Burt Reynolds' bunch!

Of course, this is one heck of a guy's movie where cheers are for cons, and jeers for their `screws'! Still, it is one British comedy with loads of silly goofs, strengthened by a fantastic soccer game to hold the viewers' interest. Only wish all soccer games do bring equal excitement! This flick is one mean drama that takes the whole cast to kick up laughter! Yep, good old British `tavern' parlance… if the viewers have a knack for Cockney accents and slang! I'm not a sport fan, nor am I fond of ruthless and insensible nudging, but I literally behaved like a stadium spectator, guffawing boisterously while watching one team demean another. Each team does have its psychotic players with their crazy antics! Tough charlatans and their power struggle out on the open field!

Blimey! Lots of scenes making my brains rock and belly shake! The erratic `Mambo Jumbo' music score certainly builds up steam. No doubt, I'll have to try to get used to `Irish Eyes Are Smiling' strumming up in samba beat! But overall, the music compilation does well to yank up the moods. The camerawork frequently diminishes my eye-focus in my attempt to catch up with the actions and wit! Just one big soccer field for landscape, but there's enough living action to captivate the eyes! Some cool `aerial' camera-shots too!

But atlas, this is not the sort of film that will present food for thought once it's over. Everything is predictable, as in many sport-flicks. Laugh while events last! And believe that the only credible thing about this movie is the extensity of a corrupted man's gambling woes that goes with sport, as portrayed by the villainous Hemmings!

Of course, there's one learning lesson that gets through this flick: it takes meanness to fight meanness! Surprise? Of course not! What else can one expect from a bunch of toughies, involved in a rough sport and within a sinister environment! Rules, therefore, are meant to be broken and there will be plenty of vicious manipulations up everyone's sleeves! And how each culprit tackles it is a laughing matter! I sure had fun watching this flick…


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