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  • Actors: Stephen Graham, Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle, Oliver Lee, Lee Battle
  • Directors: Pat Holden
  • 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 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DG6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,819 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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3.4 out of 5 stars

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Like Football Factiory, Awaydays is based on a novel, this time by Kevin Sampson. May be it is just such a relief to get away from all those London geezers and rubbish references to West Ham's ICF, but this is vastly superior stuff. The location is NOT Liverpool,. but Birkenhead, across the water. There are few loveable Scallies here. The local firm here is 'the Pack.' It is not spelled out in the film, but presumably this is the hard edge of Tranmere Rovers' away support. They wear casuals and carry Stanley knives and travel by train. This is late seventies/early 80s and Joy Division dominates the soundtrack. Nicky Bell's 19-year-old Carty lost his mother recently. He wants, or thinks he wants, acceptance and status from getting into the Pack, led by the seriously nasty ex-squaddie Godden, who demands the blind loyalty of a gang of thuggish youngsters. Disillusioned pack member Elvis urges Carty to dream bigger. They share a world of brooding, moody music and staring out to see. Things could be so much better if...Elvis is smitten, but confused. Carty should be back at art school and being nicer to his younger but wiser sister. It can all get a tad intense, but the bawdy bits, including a botched sexual initiation, are funny and human. Oliver Lee's 'Baby' is genuinely scary. Elvis and Carty's friendship is troubled but convincing. Flawed, but noble.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 15 Feb. 2010
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Buchanan on 24 Sept. 2009
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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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By Donkey on 1 Mar. 2013
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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 pick on other team supporters
i'm not to sure what team they supported if any its just about the fight
the reason i bought this was a friend wanted it. he said it was ok to good hence three stars
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