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The Football Factory [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Neil Maskell, Roland Manookian, Jamie Foreman
  • Directors: Nick Love
  • Producers: Allan Niblo, James G. Richardson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BHTN8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Study of football hooliganism and male culture in Middle England, based on the novel by John King. The main character, Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer), is a bright but bored 30-year-old with a steady job and close-knit family, who lives for the weekend life of casual sex, lager, drugs - and violence. Through him we meet three other males in his world: Billy Bright (Frank Harper), a right-wing fascist full of bitterness at a country that he perceives as having failed him; Zeberdee (Roland Manookian), a mouthy hooligan whose life revolves around crime and drugs; and Bill Farrell (Dudley Sutton), a 70-year-old war veteran who tries to enjoy every day to the limit. Shot in documentary style using a handheld camera, the film realistically captures the lure and potency of football violence.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I read a review of The Football Factory that said the characters are so "orrible" and "hateful" it was impossible to like them at all! You have to think that that particular reviewer knows nothing about the subject matter of the film he was writing about. Does he think that hoards of footie hooligans, who delight in knocking seven bells of tar out of each other, want to be liked?

The Football Factory is directed by Nick Love and based on the book of the same name written by John King. It stars Danny Dyer {who else really?}, Frank Harper, Neil Maskell and Tamer Hassan {Hassan fans should note he's rarely in it tho}. The story is about what was termed The English Disease, a disease where like minded adults from various walks of life, religiously took to fighting like minded adults, in the name of what football team they happened to support. There's been a ream of books written on the subject, from those involved and by those who haven't a clue outside of reading their Sunday Times articles back in the day. There's also been one or two films about the subject, from pretty ace efforts like Phillip Davis' ID, to middling tellings such as Elijah Wood starrer Green Street. It's a subject that people seem hell bent on dissecting and attempting to get to the bottom of.

So with that in mind, Love's movie is something of a triumph in that it tries the hardest to understand its topic. To those on the outside of football hooliganism, it looks like a bunch of blokes mindlessly inflicting harm on each other whilst simultaneously damaging the good name of the national sport. But Love, with help from King's source, explores ego led tribalism, male bonding, male conformity and dissatisfaction of life in general.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 24 Feb. 2010
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Published in 1996, John King's novel Football Factory was a gripping insight into the mind of a 1980s football hooligan. Deranged but believable, it raised issues of class, race, tribal allegiance and the masculine capacity for violence. Any hooligan drama will suffer comparisons to Alan Clarke's gritty The Firm, but director Nick Love's makes Football Factory seem distinctly lightweight and infatuated with its subjects.. There's endless macho posturing, particularly, to the point of tedium.
Narrator Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer) is part of the infamous real-life Chelsea firm, the Headhunters. With best friend Bob and Zeberdee, he lives for away days to rival firms Millwall. To Tommy a man approaching his thirtys it's all one big adrenaline rush. In a whirl of drugs, shagging and casual violence, there's barely a football kicked, and his lifestyle is contrasted with that of his granddad, railing at the selfishness of the younger generation.

The Football Factory' is a film that has absolutely nothing to do with football. You won't see a blade of grass, a ball, or a set of goals anywhere within its 93 minutes. Neither, for that matter, will you see a waving scarf. ,
`The Football Factory' is about one thing and one thing only: hooligans. Sure, they're hooligans who attach themselves to one English football club or another (in this case Chelsea). But, if they're also football supporters, it's certainly not something writer-director Nick Love has any interest in. A fter all, at no point in the film is football even spoken about. You've got to hand it to Love though he's assembled a convincing band of Guy Ritchie cast-off types, and his scenes of inner-city street warfare are frighteningly realistic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By matt 13 on 24 Dec. 2008
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Great film - all the characters were believable and realistic. It conveyed the loyalty and brotherhood of these "firms" brilliantly and managed many comic moments.

All in all, very true to life - no characters were unbeleivable.

Tip for Ms McDonald - don't buy a film about football hooligans and complain when its violent. I don't like what they do, nobody does, but your apparent dislike of hooliganism is irrelevant when reviewing the quality of the film. It matters not whether you liked it or not - its was the film that you were supposed to be reviewing.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2004
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Adapted from John King's novel, The Football Factory is an entertaining blend of Snatch, Trainspotting and the episode of Grange Hill where the boys organise a fight with another school.
The story concentrates on three members of the infamous Chelsea Headhunter's 'firm', who use their team's matches as an excuse to brawl with rival pseudo-supporters; narrator and stereotypical twenty-something lad Tommy, mockney hardman Billy and repugnant rat-boy Zebedee (so-called because he likes 'white powder').
Although Tommy enjoys the adrenaline-rush of fighting, he's plagued by visions of a serious beating and starts to question whether the lifestyle is 'worth it'. Along with friend Rod, he's inadvertently upset several Millwall fans, just when the FC Cup has pitched the two teams, and thus their firms, against each other.
All the staples of British film are evident; the insightful voiceover, pumping Britpop soundtrack and defiance of social-conformity (jobs and girlfriends are for losers, etc). Token comedy moments are provided by two drug-addicted pensioners and a hilariously blinkered, Hoxton-like portrayal of Liverpool (apparently just a deserted wasteland, consisting of five scallies and a burned-out car).
The hooligans are portrayed as surprisingly intelligent, misunderstood people, embodying the brave, noble spirit of St. George and disillusioned by a dystopian society that doesn't understand them; which may be somewhat difficult to accept if you've ever spent a train-journey desperately trying to avoid eye-contact with drunken 'casuals'. Otherwise the film is gleeful exploitation and (mercifully) extends two-fingers to any expected moral allegories.
Director Nick Love's stylish cinematography and the young cast's accurate, energetic performances are sufficient to transcend the dated subject-matter. The Football Factory is an undemanding 90-minutes that blows the cobwebs away.
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