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'Necessary Roughness' includes football stars

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

Remember "The Longest Yard" (1974)? It starred Burt Reynolds in one of his best efforts, as a convict who quarterbacks an inmate team against a squad of prison guards.

The plot of "Necessary Roughness," now shooting in Texas, sounds suspiciously similar.

There were familiar gridiron faces in "The Longest Yard," and there will be more in "Necessary Roughness." Recruited for the project have been Roger Craig, Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Dick Butkus, Jim Kelly, Jerry Rice and Ben Davidson.

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