Rise of the Footsoldier 2007 CC

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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

38 of 39 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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11 of 11 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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In December 1995, the bodies of three notorious figures in London's gangland, were found in a Range Rover on a snowy country road. They were riddled with bullets. Though two men were eventually convicted of their murder, the real story behind it has remained the subject of speculation, and it was previously treated in film in the Sean Bean thriller Essex Boys. Rise Of The Footsoldier takes a slightly different perspective, basing itself on the memoirs of former thug for hire and sometime gang lieutenant Carlton Leach. As well as providing background to the murders, it supplies a string of anecdotes about the London underworld which comprise a loose account of Leach's own rise to power and his gradual understanding of the horror of the world in which he operated.
Blame Guy Ritchie. The late 90s success of Ritchie's cliché-ridden Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels triggered a series of pitiful gangster movies from which the genre never really recovered. Sadly Rise of The Footsoldier, isn't likely to reverse that trend. Despite a decent lead performance from Hartnett, the film falls victim to all-too familiar East End stereotypes. They're either busy blowing someone's brains out or shagging a scantily-clad blonde. Director Julian Gilbey can certainly deliver a punch, but he seems to have mistaken shock for real emotional impact. This is an excellent attempt to bring something new to the crime genre. Those who can stomach it will find it genuinely thrilling and disturbing a repugnant gangland romp in which a group of Neanderthalic, perpetually gurning ruffians get tooled up with axe handles, baseball bats and Stanley knives then knock ten bells out of each other for just shy of two hours.
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