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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, Leo Gregory
  • Directors: Lexi Alexander
  • Producers: Deborah del Prete, Gigi Pritzker, Donald Zuckerman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BKTBVI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hard-hitting football hooligan drama, starring Elijah Wood. Matt Buckner (Wood) is a Harvard journalism student who has just been expelled from college. Drifting across the Atlantic to London to stay with relatives, Matt meets Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), the leader of a local West Ham 'firm', and finds himself gradually drawn into the violent underworld of football hooliganism. Meanwhile, Pete's oldest friend and second in command of the firm, Bovver (Leo Gregory), starts to resent Mat's new position in the group and secretly plots to take him down.

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After the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood could've opted for further big budget epics, but took a sharp left turn with this better-than-average B-movie. Released just after Everything is Illuminated, another offbeat entry, Wood plays journalism student Matt Buckner. In the prologue, he's expelled from Harvard when his over-privileged roommate sets him up to take the fall for his own misdeeds. With nowhere to go, Matt decides to visit his sister, Shannon (Claire Forlani), in London. He's already got a chip on his shoulder when he falls under the sway of Shannon's brother-in-law, Pete (Charlie Hunnam), head of West Ham's football "firm," the Green Street Elite. Matt soon gets caught up in their thuggish antics—to tragic effect. In her feature debut, German-born Lexi Alexander makes a mostly convincing case for the attractions of violence to the emotionally vulnerable, as opposed to the emotionally numb pugilists of the more satirical Fight Club. Unlike David Fincher (by way of Chuck Palahniuk), she plays it straight, except for the stylised fight sequences. Consequently, humour is in short supply, but the young Brit cast, especially Leo Gregory as the surly Bovver, is charismatic and Wood makes his character as believable as possible, i.e. he may seem miscast, but that's the point. Although there's no (direct) correlation between the two, Green Street makes a fine taster for Bill Buford's Among the Thugs, the ultimate dissection of the hooligan mentality. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wizard on 18 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
I think a lot of people are missing the point with this film. For me, it was not so much about football violence as about the morals behind it. The main character, Elijah Wood, does not join the Green Street Elite because he enjoys the hooliganism - he joins because he finds a loyalty with them that he never found back home in America (as is highlighted by the opening scene). The fact that the film also makes you care about people you would normally despise (or should despise) shows how effecive it is at portraying the tragedy of such addiction to violence.

Yes, you can find faults with the film - the GSE leader's cockney accent is very dodgy, some scenes verge on the unbelievable. But as for the leader's walk - take a look around and you'll see that it's the way a lot of people walk when they are trying to look like more than they actually are. And Elijah Wood is not miscast - the fact that he does not look like a football hooligan is exactly the point.

The violence in this film is indeed quite graphic, but that doesn't make it glorified - rather it shows how destructive it can be, not just to the individual but to their families too.

The ending - unlike so many films - provides a satisfying conclusion that sums up the entire film. As Elijah says, it's not about brutal, meaningless violence but about learning 'when to stand up for yourself, and when to walk away.' The point of all the brutality in the film becomes clear as Elijah explains what he learnt from the Green Street Elite's excessive use of violence: that there is an alternative, which can be just as effective.

If you really do want a film about football hooliganism, then this may not be for you - try Football Factory. But as a film in itself, this is great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
The plot? More holes than the sinking of the Belgrano.

Worked with Millwall hard men for over 15 years, albeit when the football violence stopped and the drugs/alcohol took over. The ability to resort to violence was never delayed by "rules". The American angle is another add on, obviously to try and give it a wider audience and explain English soccer culture to the folk of Winsconsin.

There are elements which raise it above the silly. The relationhip between Bovver and the leader of the gang has a certain undertow of tension, loyalty and belonging. Although the accent slips and slides, the relationship twists with a loss of status, needing to keep up the front with more masculine shows, strikes a chord with the violent men of Bermondsey, Rotherhite, Deptford and West Ham, Poplar, Barking and Stepney I have known over the years.

Old Kent Rd, away from the football, was marked with constant gang fights between white hard men arranging rows. White trainers show the blood, but Reeboks have been a de rigeur white working class foot item for the past twenty years. At least they weren't wearing Dr. Martins.

There are pubs like the one depicted in the film. People do stand on tables, throw beer and sing "battle" songs. Its called the "George" and its in Bermondsey. Not places for the feint of heart. There are a number of whitexploitation films and this is part of the genre. It tries to depict white working class life.

It's not based on reality. Show me a film that is; Die Hard, Shining, Apocalypse Now, Saw I-V? There is a need to package white working class life as something from what it is; Eastenders, Coronation Street, Shameless. They all have the same centre of disbelief as Green Street.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DanielJohnson on 19 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
When I started watching this, I never thought that I'd find myself feeling any sympathy for the hooligans portrayed whatsoever; they all appeared violent and disgusting, and it was simply that. But, astonishingly, the film is competent in it's presentation of their actions more as an addiction, and through it's gritty, brutal fights, never glamourises the horrific nature of the violence. It does stretch it slightly when it asks us to feel sympathy for one particular character, as the film dives headfirst into cliches of redemption in it's final act, but it never ignores the cosequences of hooliganism, nor the accountability of it's characters. Yes, Elijah Wood is entirely unconvincing, even raising a few unintentional laughs as he giggles somewhat pathetically amongst a group of burly men - less his fault than whoever chose to cast him in the role - so the standout performance here is that of Charlie Hunnam; ignore the poor English accent, and his character is both likable and surprisingly complex. In short, it's worth a watch - even if you loathe football like myself - as a competent drama/thriller, let down only by it's third act reliance on cliches, and a distracting lead performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dwight Braxton on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
An interesting movie, fairly well produced, which is sadly let down by two things. Firstly, the ridiculous Cockney accent of the lead character, which is so contrived and downright bad that I wondered whether the actor was American - no, even more shamefully, he is a Geordie! It spoiled the film for me and the director should have fired the actor on day 1 and replaced him with someone else. And secondly, the introduction of a small, very wimpy American rich kid into the group of West Ham hooligans was, to me, simply not believable. I also noted that in one scene where the group meets outside a (British) railway station, there are sounds of American train horns in the background - totally different to anything you'd hear in England, and clearly edited in by some American sound engineer who didn't know any better.
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