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Awaydays [DVD]

Stephen Graham , Nicky Bell , Tony Mitchell    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stephen Graham, Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Oliver Lee, Lee Battle
  • Directors: Tony Mitchell
  • Producers: David A. Hughes
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Paul Carty is 19, good-looking, clever – and bored out of his mind. Working as a junior civil servant, he spends all his wages on gigs, clubs, records and above all, football. At a gig one night, he meets Elvis, and everything changes.

Elvis is part of The Pack; a legendary, violent gang of hooligans known across the terraces, who follow their team from town to town in search of a fight, dressed in Fred Perry T-shirts and Adidas trainers and armed with Stanley knives. For as long as he can remember, Carty has been fascinated by The Pack. Now Elvis is offering him a way in...

Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson, and pulsating to a soundtrack of Joy Division, The Cure, Magazine, Echo & The Bunnymen and Ultravox, AWAYDAYS is a blade-sharp rites-of-passage tale that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70s Liverpool setting.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: When Carty meets Elvis at a Bunnymen gig, they fall headlong into a volatile friendship that each of them aches for but neither can control. Violent, sexy and funny, Awaydays is a blade-sharp rites-of-passage that buzzes with the post-punk energy of its late-70's Liverpool setting.

Based on the classic novel by Kevin Sampson, and pulsating to a soundtrack of Joy Division, The Cure, Magazine, Echo & The Bunnymen and Ultravox, Awaydays examines identity, fate, the nature of male longings and their need to belong. It is the first major feature film to be set during, and evocatively portray, the first dawning of the football casual fashion cult. Quadrophenia meets Control. Trainspotting meets Stand By Me. Awaydays is all of these - A Catcher In The Rye with switchblades. ...Awaydays

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homoerotic Football Thugs at Large 15 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
Set against the Birkenhead docklands in 1979, Awaydays is the story of a group of disaffected young Merseysiders living in a working-class environment at the beginning of Margaret Thatcher's Prime Ministerial reign over Britain. The North of England in the late Seventies was, not a particularly nice place to be it was as an incredibly dark, violent place with the closure of indigenous industries, the rise of heroin and football violence. Liverpool Football team were supreme however and were riding the crest of a wave al over the UK and Europe, and there Legion of Fans followed, hence "Awaydays". The natural successors to the Mods who came before "The "Casuals" as they became known adopted the wearing of expensive European sports gear. Sports gear that they had stolen from all over Europe. The football hooligans here are represented in their regulation wedge haircuts, Peter Storm cagoules and Adidas Forest Hills attention to detail is very good and convincing. Awaydays also attempts to draw in cultural connections between music and football; both of which adhered to strict rituals, fashions and codes of behaviour. The football hooligans are represented in their regulation wedge haircuts, Peter Storm cagoules and Adidas Forest Hills attention to detail is very good and convincing. But the Music is Wrong, It's right for the City but wrong for the Hooligans. The film focuses on Post Punk Echo and the Bunnymen. Joy Divison. Gang of Four. This was the Music of the City, but the favoured Music of the hooligan was "Disco" and "Jazz Funk". Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joggers Not Runners 24 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
If the late seventies into the early eighties were part of your (misspent) youth, then Awaydays will transport you right back there with its rites of passage tale set in 1979.

Carty (Nicky Bell) is tired of watching Tranmere Rovers in the company of his Dad and the other Steady-Eddies at Prenton Park, and decides that getting amongst the ranks of "The Pack" - a notorious hooligan element that follow Rovers home and away, will bring the necessary excitement to his life that he craves. At the same point, Elvis (brilliantly played by Liam Boyle) - a key member of "The Pack" is looking for a way out of his existence, and yearns for a more stable life than the mixed up world of drugs, violence, and loneliness he currently dwells in. Each wants what the other has, but both also have common ground by way of the team they support, and their love of the music and club scene that was on offer just over the water in Liverpool.

Awaydays takes you along on the journey that these two very different people embark on, as they attempt to find what they're looking for, and invariably both find that you should be careful what you wish for.

The film is set to a superb soundtrack of classic songs from the period (Echo And The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Cure, Wire, and OMD to name check a few, and the opening sequence which is set to "Young Savage" by Ultravox! along with the one of the fight scenes set to the Magazine track "The Light Pours Out Of Me" are two of the high points of the film.
The is also a cameo appearance from Wirral band - The Rascals, who play the part of an embryonic Echo And The Bunnymen playing a gig in Eric's club on Mathew Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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GREAT
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better films out there... 22 Jun 2014
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Didn't do it for me this one, Story is very slow and not a great story either.. Give it a miss
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best football hooligan film! 11 Jun 2014
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A film primarily about football hooligans but with so much more to it - it is about friendship and loyalty, about betrayal and frustration. It is set in the late 70s against a backdrop of urban desolation with a great soundtrack and a realistic atmosphere - everything about it is authentic; the clothes, the language, the feeling of working-class despair . A great film!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brutal 13 Mar 2014
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Football hooligan film. Nostalgic. Dark. Good soundtrack. Takes you back diesel trains and old-fashioned pubs. Violent. Worth a watch, but definitely a bloke's film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch 10 Feb 2014
By kurt
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Right back to the birth of Casual Culture in Merseyside. A shorty trip over the post to Tranmere mind and not Liverpool but a great little film if Casual Culture is your thing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scousers and blades 4 Aug 2013
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Not a bad movie,but the small number of extras in the fight scenes made it look like only very small firms were involved,unlike the reality.And the plot was a bit weak as well.Still in all,worth a look.some quality acting too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top movie
excellant movie excellant tunes all round great look at the new wave era in manchester an Liverpool.Also people minds an how fashion changed for the good
Published 3 months ago by carl marcus philip Rice
3.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I thought the book was really nasty in a good way. I wished I hadn't watched the film. It's pretty decent but the actors (apart from the lead) look like kids who have been to drama... Read more
Published 8 months ago by southseas
1.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste
Not a good film, to much violence, swearing and not always true to life as a life long football supporter
Published 15 months ago by lizc
5.0 out of 5 stars A Misunderstood classic
Quick note to anybody looking for football hooligan porn: Whilst this film does have a few moments of fairly nasty violence, and hooliganism is vital to the story; this is no... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Baron Samedi
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT "THIS IS ENGLAND "
A tame but still a bit bloody version of engilsh football fights
a young man with anger issues needs a place to vent his anger
a gang of hooligans is just the place to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Donkey
1.0 out of 5 stars CRAP MOVIE WASTE OF MONEY
rubbish totally didnt exspect that, not a classic like the firm or football factory total garbage dont buy it .
Published 16 months ago by cymrujambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
A few people dont seem to like this film but i think its aboslutely brilliant, i think the best football holligan film i have ever seen. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jamie Hinton
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