Rise of the Footsoldier 2007 Subtitles

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Based on the real Rettendon Range Rover murders, a group of hooligans get tooled up with baseball bats and Stanley knives to knock ten bells out of each other and street hard man Carlton Leach rises from football hooligan to club doorman.

Starring:
Ricci Harnett,Terry Stone
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Julian Gilbey
Starring Ricci Harnett, Terry Stone
Supporting actors Billy Murray, Frank Harper, Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian, Neil Maskell, Ian Virgo
Studio Optimum Releasing
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 19 May 2008
Format: DVD
Past years have seen one or two football violence related movies; The Football Factory, Green Street, together with numerous hardcore violent British Gangster flicks; Gangster No.1, The Business, Layer Cake etc.
This film, partially based on 1995 true events, melds these two genres together to form a critical mass!
There's no getting away, that this is a shocking & at times disturbing film. The football hooligan scenes are even more violent than either Green Street or Football Factory (Once again, West Ham v Millwall), and as we move into Gangland waters, there are scenes of torture that rival either of the Hostel movies! People are stabbed, bitten, beaten & there's some very graphic gunplay. Oh, lest we forget - fingers hacked off, teeth pulled out with pliers and an all over crucifixion! The only film of it's type to rival these shocking scenes is the horrifying Gangster No.1!
It's also completeley foul-mouthed from start to finish - with the now customary excessive use of the C-word.
Also, there's some very scantily dressed ladies on show, usually draped across Craig Fairbrass (who seems to revel in the role of loose cannon Pat Tate).
I can almost guarantee the appeal of this to many people - I enjoyed it - All of us like to look at the dark side of life, but this is a world that 99.9% of us would never want to experience!
It's well directed, with capable performances all around. Parallels could be drawn between central performer Ricci Harnett as the infamous ICF General/organised criminal, Carlton Leach & Ray Liotta's acclaimed performance in Goodfellas. I'm not saying the quality is the same but Scorsese's film has clearly inspired. As in Football Factory, Gangster No.1 etc, we have the voice over throughout the film, and it's one of the better examples.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Pinn on 17 May 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Avoid this film if you don't like visceral, gratuitous violence presented with a bone-crunching sense of reality by very disagreeable and highly dysfunctional people cranked up on booze, coke and steroids. Apart from that I have to reluctantly concede that this unpleasant British film is well made and well acted, with a menace and power that similar American films simply can't equal. Based on real events, the film portrays the rise of dedicated football thugs from the tribal terraces to the lofty heights of Essex nightclubs, vacuous blondes, and serious crime. Eventually it all goes wrong - or went wrong, because the conclusion to the film ended up in the newspapers of the day, and it seems we're still not sure if the right people were sent to prison for the final bloody crimes. Strong, well-executed (pun intended), and drenched in poisonous testosterone, this film is not only rabid in nature, it could also be upsetting to those of a sensitive disposition. Worth checking out, then.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Napalm_trickster on 3 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The film will always get 5 stars from me, but the current 4 stars is for this edition.
Now you all must by now know what this film is about so won't go into plots; and I will also not explain what new scenes their are purely that don't want to ruin it for anyone.
Question your probably wondering is do the new scenes add to the film?
Yes and no their are a few scenes that look a bit put on just for the fun of it.
Though some scenes where added and the narration removed which gave the film a better edge, the beginning of the film has an added element to it. Which I liked.
worth it for a die hard fan of Rise of the Footsoldier? yeah I think it is, the steel book cover is nice not the best;
so worth getting yeah I would say so.
But I would keep the original as well.
I know this will probably be a useless review as Didn't want to get into the whole new scenes. but the film holds an extra 20 minutes of footage and re-edits. most of the scenes are good just don't think it adds to it as if this edition never came out wouldn't be a bad thing. That being said if you are a fan or huge fan of the film this edition would be worth getting; as with the good additions are worth the purchase the bad ones can be ignored as very short in length.
new commentary by Julian Gibney and Terry Stone, and a new interview With Julian Gibney who talks about his decision to release the film again and the new scenes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 18 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
Rise of the Footsoldier is an interesting box of tricks. Some people describe it as `Britain's attempt at Goodfellas.' However, I couldn't see that much in common with the American classic. Yes, Footsoldier is about gangsters, but, despite being a `firm' they never came across as that organised in the way the American `Mafia' seems to be portrayed on film.

The film is apparently based on a true story. This is slightly open to interpretation as, in real life, the `truth' is still being debated. In 1995, three gang members were gunned down in a Range Rover in Essex. Footsoldier attempts to explain the motivations behind the murders. It's about Carlton Leach, a small time football hooligan in the early eighties, who works his way up to doorman. Yes, that doesn't sound that much of a `rise' but he also gets involved in some drug operations which elevate his status as an `enforcer.'

However, the story (spanning nearly two) hours, sort of leaves Carlton at about the hour mark and goes off to tell the tale of the three gangsters who will later be killed. This seems to have split audiences. Granted Leach was an unlikeable character (in fact, you may find it hard to find ANYONE in this film who you actually like), but at least he was the `hero' (or antihero possibly). The change of direction is sort of jarring and it put me off a bit on my first watch (I'm reviewing it on my second viewing for the record).

Perhaps Footsoldier is best looked at as a film of two halves. The first half sets up the scene, depicting how the underworld works in and around London, then we see what *might* happen to the three gangsters.

Rise of the Footsoldier is certainly not for everyone. It is extremely violent and bloody.
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