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Release Date: February 22nd, 2002

DVD Release Date: July 16th, 2002

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
In a rough-and-tumble British prison, where murderers, thieves and assorted madmen are locked away, inmate Danny Meehan (Vinnie Jones) is about to lead them all in the ultimate battle of their degenerate lives -- but no one could have guessed it would be a soccer match! Now, in an all-out playoff against the despised guards, the prisoners' goal isn't just to make goals; it's to prove the indomitable nature of the spirit, no matter how much it gets kicked, bloodied or knocked around.

Cast: Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Vas Blackwood, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer, Robbie Gee

Director: Barry Skolnick

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

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Ratings & Reviews

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  • A likably energetic star vehicle for English sports god Vinnie Jones. show more

  • Guy Ritchie, who started out as such an innovator in "Lock, Stock, etc.," seems to have headed directly for reliable generic conventions as a producer. But they are reliable, and have become conventions for a reason: They work. Mean Machine is what it is, and very nicely, too. show more

  • Against heavy odds, Mean Machine adds darker flavors to the plot without curdling it. Beneath the comic craziness is real craziness, and desperation. These goal-kicking, bone-crunching cons are both actors in and prisoners of their own horror show.

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