Score! 5 Great Soccer Movies

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Mean Machine

By DAVID WEINER

Release Date: 2001

Stars: Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown, David Kelly

Plot: Former pro soccer player Jones finds the right role as Danny "The Mean Machine" Meehan, a disgraced captain of the English national football team sentenced to prison for assaulting police officers in a drunken brawl. Inside the barbed-wire fences, he must assemble a rag-tag team to take on the wardens in an exhibition match.

Why It Scores: A British take on Burt Reynolds' The Longest Yard (which was later remade by Adam Sandler), American football is exchanged for soccer with a much tougher gang of hooligans you wouldn't want to mess with, delivering a solid balance of humor and hubris – and a psycho Statham as the delusional goal keeper.

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