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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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
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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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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 Mr. C. J. Davies on 23 Oct 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i'm suprised this film isn't rated alot higher than what it is, it's a very good film, pretty intense at times and Elijah Wood does a good job, i've only seen him in Lord of the rings before this, great film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gomez on 4 July 2011
Format: DVD
With a good story line and some really decent acting.,.this is 1 u could watch more than once. if your in to this kind of movie. 10/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss E. Chambers on 24 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
this is real, hard-hitting, it's gritty, it draws you into the dram and excitement.
Anyone who likes english football, anyone who has city blood in them will appreciate this film.

It's not all fighting and football though, there's good acting and good storylines about family, friends, different cultures and loyalty.
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