TITLE: Mean Machine
DIRECTOR: Barry Skolnick  
STARRING :  Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown, Vas Blackwood, Robbie Gee, Geoff Bell, John Forgeham, Sally Phillips, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer, Jason Statham, Martin Wimbush, David Reid.
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Mean Machine: Cinema Synopsis
Once a major football hero, but now famously degenerate after seeming to have thrown a crucial international match, Danny Meehan is arrested for drunk driving and assaulting an officer. He is sentenced to prison where he becomes involved in coaching a prisoner's football team. Danny relearns the joy of victory and reclaims his sense of himself as a man by coaching convicts on the prisoners team, which is eventually pitted against a team of the hated guards.

Mean Machine: Tony's Comments
In the tradition of "Escape To Victory" & "The Longest Yard" comes the latest sporting extravaganza "Mean Machine," starring "Soccer's Hardman" Vinnie Jones. Fresh from his success with small roles in "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels", "Gone In Sixty Seconds", "Snatch" & "Swordfish" it was inevitable that Vinnie Jones would star in a big screen film that focuses on his former profession, soccer. Set in an English prison, Vinnie plays a disgraced (match-fixing & drunken assault) ex-English international football star that is given the opportunity to train his fellow inmates for a soccer match against the prison guards. Vinnie gives an admirable performance in his first starring role and I am sure more films will follow. "Mean Machine" gets off to a good start, gets a little plot heavy in the middle and then continues to gain strength as it goes along, with a few action set-pieces, some comedic training sequences and there is even time for Vinnie to demonstrate his world-renowned ball skills.  The film finishes on a high with an exciting soccer match that is not totally predictable and will certainly please soccer fans. If you like your sports films with laughs and action then "Mean Machine" is your ticket to a good time.  
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels(1998) VHS
In-your-face, serio-comic crime caper follows four small-time hustlers in London's East End looking to make a big score in a card game. When the rigged game leaves them owing big money to a local crime boss, the four hatch a desperate scheme to rip off a group of crooks who rob a marijuana-growing operation. Nick Moran, Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham and soccer great Vinnie Jones star; written and directed by Guy Ritchie. 108 min.

Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (Spanish Subtitled Version)(1998) VHS
In English with Spanish subtitles.

Gone In Sixty Seconds(2000) VHS
This reworking of the 1974 drive-in fave features Nicolas Cage as a legendary car thief who returns to Southern California after calling it quits to save brother Giovanni Ribisi, who will be bumped off by a British crimelord he ran afoul of. Cage's job: steal 50 hard-to-find cars in three days. Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall, Delroy Lindo and Will Patton also star in this flashy Jerry Bruckheimer production. 118 min.

Snatch [DVD](2000) DVD
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" director Guy Ritchie returns to familiar turf in this audacious heist comedy-thriller. Two small-time London hoods in debt to a crooked promoter and the quest for a stolen diamond are the elements that bring together a colorful crew of smugglers, hit men, transatlantic crime bosses, boxing Irish Gypsies and excitable dogs. Dennis Farina, Jason Flemyng, Alan Ford, Vinnie Jones, Brad Pitt, Rade Sherbedgia, Jason Statham and Benicio Del Toro star. 103 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English 5.1; audio commentary; deleted scenes; "making of" featurette; interviews; outtakes; storyboard comparisons; photo gallery; production notes; theatrical trailers.

Swordfish(2001) VHS
Non-stop mix of high-tech thrills and plot twists stars John Travolta as a mysterious criminal mastermind (or is he?) who hatches a plan to lift billions in confiscated DEA funds via computer. Travolta uses lover (or is she?) Halle Berry to entice ex-con and hacking genius Hugh Jackman into joining the operation, but can Jackman trust her...or anyone else? Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones co-star. 97 min.

Mean Machine [DVD](2001) DVD
Transporting the basic plot of 1974's Burt Reynolds hit "The Longest Yard" across the Atlantic, this smash British comedy stars soccer legend Vinnie Jones ("Snatch") as a disgraced pro footballer sentenced to three years in "the nick." Pressured by the prison's gambling-obsessed warden into coaching a team of inmates against the guards, Jones assembles a ragtag group of yardies, yobbos and villains for a brutal, no-holds-barred showdown. David Hemmings, David Jelly, Jason Flemyng co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English 5.1 Surround; Subtitles: English.

Snatch(2000) VHS
Mean Machine(2001) VHS

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