Green Street Hooligans 2005

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Elijah Wood stars as an expelled Harvard student who moves to London and finds himself embraced and disturbed by the dominant violence of English soccer culture.

Starring:
Elijah Wood, Claire Forlani
Runtime:
1 hour 44 minutes

Green Street Hooligans

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Sport
Director Lexi Alexander
Starring Elijah Wood, Claire Forlani
Supporting actors Charlie Hunnam, David Alexander, Oliver Allison, James Allison, Geoff Bell, Joel Beckett
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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)

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4 of 4 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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Horsewood on 9 Nov 2006
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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Format: DVD
I shake my head in disbelief at the people on this page praising this film up. But then again, i shouldnt really be surprised at all should i? Anyway, i digress. The film......well, where to start? pathetic doesnt even come close. A typical middle-class film-school students take on 'cockney geezers' fronted by a real life geordie (charlie hunman) talking in the funniest cockney accent since dick van dyke. The fight scenes? as usual, straight out of the batman TV series. The dialogue? So incredibly cliched that i was truly cringing at the horror of it all. Elijah wood? not a bad actor, but what possessed him to appear in this abomination of a film i do not know - maybe he needed the money? He must be cowering at the memory of it all.

You wanna know the funniest thing about this film? Its in the the title 'green street'. Green street is indeed where west hams ground is. But have you ever been to green street boys and girls......? Green street and the surroundings areas are almost 100% pakistani/bengali/bangladeshi!!!! yep thats right - the whole area is run by and dominated by these people, who must snigger and chuckle at all the silly white boys who commute into the area on a saturday afternoon to watch their silly football team and shout about 'we are east london'! before all rushing back to where they live in essex after the game. Ho hum, what a laugh it all is. In fact i dont know what is more pathetic, this film or the real life 'cockney geezers' it was inspired by. United! United!!
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By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 4 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Football hooliganism is neither big nor clever but it happens,most teams have a crew that fight opposing crews,it isnt usually crews fighting innocent fans,its usually arranged,i aint gonna say i encourage it,im a liverpool fan and if the liverpool fans asked me to join a crew i would say spin on and have a good day,im there for the game and the fun and not a beating,anyway!

Green street focuses on a gang called green street elite who are west ham united fans who aim to cause pain for the love of their club,hardly heroic,but it makes for good cinema at least.

Elijah wood stars as an american who is wrongly kicked out of harvard and to avoid a lecture from his proud father,goes to london to visit his sister who has married a london geezer as they are called.There elijah befriends pete who is a mad cockney,albeit with poor accent,who brings elijah into the manic and deprived world of football hooliganism.

The film i suspect tries to make you feel sorry for footie hooligans as its about honour and pride but its hard to feel sorry for someone who just headbutted and broke some guys face,but there is a moral here regardless.

The film is violent,fast paced and most of all eshilarating,you must own this if violence is your cup of tea.
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