PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Has the 11WW ("Eleven Warriors World") ever contemplated this enormous question?
If not, how about it? Which version is better?
I like the new one better, both are good though. I like the comic relief in the new one, as well as the slew of pro-wrestlers.
I tried to push my coach to let me change my number from 75 to X but he wouldn't go for it.
"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter
I plus-oned you, because your comment is fair to both and an effective endorsement of the 2005 version, in that it is concise and informative.
I'm an old-school sports purist. The 1974 film had the great Ray Nitschke and 10 other old-school NFL players who played guards/inmates. The 2005 remake had more pro wrestlers than NFL players and the ones it had didnt necessarily instill awe (Michael Irvin, Brian Bosworth and Bill Romanowski? More like a list of failed drug tests than NFL HOF) The 2005 also had more celebrities as players. Nelly? Seriously?
Also, the first time I saw the 1974 movie I was actually on the edge of my seat at that last goal-line play when Burt Reynolds scores the game-winner on the keeper. It was real game suspense like you'd feel in a real game. No other football movie has ever done that to me. That film also had more heart and more real drama to it. The 2005 version was a comedy for the most part.
The bottom line. Burt Reynolds was an NFL quarterback in that film. He played the role brilliantly. Adam Sandler couldn't hold his jockstrap or that of a pretend NFL QBs jockstrap. Sorry, but 1974 version all the way.
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest.Civil.War.Analogy.Ever
The original The Longest Yard, North Dallas Forty, and Rudy are the holy trinity of football movies!
"Because I couldn't go for 3"
North Dallas Forty?
It's a classic! Nick Nolte at his best!
North Dallas Forty is one of the great football movies of all time. A true classic indeed.
The world is full of kings & queens who'll blind your eyes & steal your dreams - it's heaven & hell - Ronnie James Dio.
Remember The Titans has been, and will always be, my favorite sports movie all time
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
I loved Any Given Sunday.. and special mention to the replacements since Shane Falco attended The Ohio State University.
Shane Falco was a stud, but kicker Nigel Gruff was a badass. Anyone not named Biletnikoff that smokes in football pads is a mans man.
Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.
My favorite John Madden/Pat Summerall quote exchange from that movie,
John Madden: "I think that guy's smoking on the field."
Pat Summerall: "Smoking? I'm sure you're just imagining that, John."
John Madden: "No, no, I saw it. I saw the smoke and everything."
i gave you an upvote for north dallas forty, not for rudy.
I like 1974 better because it has "Mr. Larson" from Happy Gilmore Richard Kiel. And Burt Reynolds
I like football
As much as we hate Notre Dame, as a college football fan you have to be honest with yourself about Rudy!
"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)
I haven't seen either, but I can tell you that Burt Reynolds > Adam Sandler.
I mean, has Adam Sandler ever appeared on Archer?
Did Burt Reynolds ever get to fight Bob Barker? I think not.
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
Burt Reynolds wouldn't have gotten his ass kicked.
No way Reynolds is beats the 90s version of Bob Barker.
i mean...technically...they both have burt reynolds in them
i like the new one for using many of the original actors in it. and who doesnt like cheeseburger eddie?
I'm just happy that a highlight video of cheeseburger Eddie actually exists.
Burt Reynolds was THE man back in the day. I liked it better because of the fact of the football players that were in it( some that at first I recognized others I had to check out a few times before i recognized them) The fact that Lynyrd Skynyrd was playing on the radio of Burt's car when it was sinking didn't hurt either.........Old School rules!!!
Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.
1974 for sure IMO, as far as football movies, Junction Boys is actually pretty decent. I enjoyed Invincible because I'm a nostalgic nut and love anything that involves 70's bar scenes.
The new version is a leprous prostitute in comparison to the original version.
ANYTHING 1974 is better than everything 2005...
Signed "an old dude"
Burt Reynolds was actually a pretty good football player in his day and played briefly at Florida State. He was believable in his role. Adam Sandler not so much. Plus, Ray Nitschke.
2005 was better IMO. I saw that one first. When I watched the 1974 version I was a little disappointed. Just didn't do it for me.
I like the new one better too. But both are great movies!
My favorite football movie is Gridiron Gang! Cant beat The Rock!!!
74 with Burt!!
Burt Reynolds circa 1974-1977 was the definition of manliness. I mean, have you seen the greatest movie ever made, AKA Smokey and the Bandit?
The one thing I'll say about the '05 version: I thought Nelly was actually a pretty good actor, and that was like the only movie he was in... Thought for sure he'd show up in something else. Very likable as a character.
"I'm gonna barbecue your ass in molasses".
Most un-PC line ever: "When we get home, I'm gonna punch your mama square in the mouth."
1974 version got 81 percent "thumbs up" (from critics) at Rotten Tomatoes.
2005 version got 31 percent.
I like the old version uncut...you got to see Bernadette Peters BREATSSSSSSSS. well worth the watch.
Upvote for being so excited about boobies that you spelled it wrong!
What you may not know is there is a soccer version of it for Brits called Mean Machine. It's like the opposite of Fever Pitch where a soccer story was turned into a baseball one, since it wasn't boring enough already.
Richard Kiel as a 7-foot middle linebacker.
"Hey, I think I broke his (bleeping) neck"
Jaws is still one of my favorite Bond characters...
Snuck in the drive-in and watched the original. Little Kings and Boones Farm Strawberry Hill. Life was soooo good!!
An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches
I'll throw in Semi-Tough as another great Burt Reynolds football movie; co-starring Kris Kristoferson. Best line in the flick:
"Nothing better than sitting in a hot tub drinking Jack Daniels with hot water shooting up your ass".
He killed 12 men on the outside.
Well, that karate's baaad.
That's before he learned karate.
I vote '74 as I have refused to even look at the remake.
Whatever you say, Back Freckle!
I gotta add The Program to the list.. that's a classic. I've never seen the original version of TLY.. can't say I'm a big fan of older classics although I don't mind a few.
I like the 1974 version better.
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