Produced by Matthew Vaughn
Screenplay by Tracy Keenan Wynn, Charlie Fletcher, Chris Baker, Andrew Day
Story by Albert S. Ruddy
Starring Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown, Jason Flemyng, Danny Dyer, Jason Statham
Music by John Murphy
Cinematography Alex Barber
Editing by Eddie Hamilton, Dayn Williams
Studio SKA Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 26, 2001
Running time 99 minutes
Country United Kingdom, United States
Danny "The Mean Machine" Meehan (Vinnie Jones), a former captain of the English national football team who was banned from football for life for fixing a match between England and Germany (the England Football Team's greatest European rivals), is sentenced to three years in Longmarsh prison for assaulting two police officers after a lengthy drinking session and driving wildly to a local bar.
Once inside, he is promptly beaten by the prison guards for misbehaving, and is subsequently approached by the prison governor. The governor offers Meehan a job as coach of the prison wardens' football team; not wanting to make enemies with the other prisoners, Meehan declines, and instead offers to train a team consisting of other inmates, who will take on the wardens in a practice match. Meehan then recruits the resident contraband dealer, Massive, as his right-hand man, and receives advice from an elderly convict, Doc, who teaches Meehan prison lore. Meehan wins the respect of the other inmates after he attacks an officer, Mr. Ratchett, who is attacking Massive, and is then occupied with the task of training up his team of cons, including a maximum-security con named Monk (Jason Statham). Meanwhile, the governor of the prison gets himself into trouble with "Barry the Bookie," an unlicensed bookie who was recommended to him by Sykes, the resident prison boss, and decides to try and make back the money he owes by betting on the prison guards' team. Doc is killed when Nitro, a maverick inmate and bomb expert, plants a bomb in Meehan's locker.
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