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Rise of the Footsoldier 2007

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Action drama offering a gritty portrayal of the life of Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett), football hooligan, whose innate ferocity propels him into an escalating life of serious crime. Over the course of three decades, Leach 'progresses' from attack-dog hooligan to nightclub bouncer, before becoming involved with the ever-expanding drug scene - his passport into the criminal elite.

Starring:
Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian, Terry Stone, Ian Virgo, Frank Harper, Ricci Harnett, Neil Maskell, Billy Murray
Director Julian Gilbey
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 24 December 2007
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian, Terry Stone, Ian Virgo, Frank Harper, Ricci Harnett, Neil Maskell, Billy Murray
Director Julian Gilbey
Genres Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 29 September 2008
Main languages English

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
Past years have seen one or two football violence related movies; The Football Factory, Green Street, together with numerous hardcore violent British Gangster flicks; Gangster No.1, The Business, Layer Cake etc.
This film, partially based on 1995 true events, melds these two genres together to form a critical mass!
There's no getting away, that this is a shocking & at times disturbing film. The football hooligan scenes are even more violent than either Green Street or Football Factory (Once again, West Ham v Millwall), and as we move into Gangland waters, there are scenes of torture that rival either of the Hostel movies! People are stabbed, bitten, beaten & there's some very graphic gunplay. Oh, lest we forget - fingers hacked off, teeth pulled out with pliers and an all over crucifixion! The only film of it's type to rival these shocking scenes is the horrifying Gangster No.1!
It's also completeley foul-mouthed from start to finish - with the now customary excessive use of the C-word.
Also, there's some very scantily dressed ladies on show, usually draped across Craig Fairbrass (who seems to revel in the role of loose cannon Pat Tate).
I can almost guarantee the appeal of this to many people - I enjoyed it - All of us like to look at the dark side of life, but this is a world that 99.9% of us would never want to experience!
It's well directed, with capable performances all around. Parallels could be drawn between central performer Ricci Harnett as the infamous ICF General/organised criminal, Carlton Leach & Ray Liotta's acclaimed performance in Goodfellas. I'm not saying the quality is the same but Scorsese's film has clearly inspired. As in Football Factory, Gangster No.1 etc, we have the voice over throughout the film, and it's one of the better examples.
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Avoid this film if you don't like visceral, gratuitous violence presented with a bone-crunching sense of reality by very disagreeable and highly dysfunctional people cranked up on booze, coke and steroids. Apart from that I have to reluctantly concede that this unpleasant British film is well made and well acted, with a menace and power that similar American films simply can't equal. Based on real events, the film portrays the rise of dedicated football thugs from the tribal terraces to the lofty heights of Essex nightclubs, vacuous blondes, and serious crime. Eventually it all goes wrong - or went wrong, because the conclusion to the film ended up in the newspapers of the day, and it seems we're still not sure if the right people were sent to prison for the final bloody crimes. Strong, well-executed (pun intended), and drenched in poisonous testosterone, this film is not only rabid in nature, it could also be upsetting to those of a sensitive disposition. Worth checking out, then.
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Format: Blu-ray
The film will always get 5 stars from me, but the current 4 stars is for this edition.
Now you all must by now know what this film is about so won't go into plots; and I will also not explain what new scenes their are purely that don't want to ruin it for anyone.
Question your probably wondering is do the new scenes add to the film?
Yes and no their are a few scenes that look a bit put on just for the fun of it.
Though some scenes where added and the narration removed which gave the film a better edge, the beginning of the film has an added element to it. Which I liked.
worth it for a die hard fan of Rise of the Footsoldier? yeah I think it is, the steel book cover is nice not the best;
so worth getting yeah I would say so.
But I would keep the original as well.
I know this will probably be a useless review as Didn't want to get into the whole new scenes. but the film holds an extra 20 minutes of footage and re-edits. most of the scenes are good just don't think it adds to it as if this edition never came out wouldn't be a bad thing. That being said if you are a fan or huge fan of the film this edition would be worth getting; as with the good additions are worth the purchase the bad ones can be ignored as very short in length.
new commentary by Julian Gibney and Terry Stone, and a new interview With Julian Gibney who talks about his decision to release the film again and the new scenes
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Rise of the footsoldier is based on the true events of the Range Rover murders in Essex 1995. This film was an adaptation from the book written by Carlton Leach (former villain and friend to those murdered in '95) The story is based on the life of Carlton Leach, a former football hooligan turn from fighting in the terraces to becoming one of the most respected bouncers in Essex and London. His work then turns from protecting bars and clubs to protecting people and making sure illegal deals get done with no problems. Then people start to get greedy around him and things get a little out of control.

If you enjoyed films like the football factory, the firm and the long good friday then you'll love this. There are alot of familiar faces in the film too. This is not a film for people with weak stomachs or don't like swearing as the violence is quite brutal and the swearing is practically in every sentence.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

* Commentary with Director Julian Gilbey and writer William Gilbey
* Filming the Footsoldier: The making of Rise of the Footsoldier [77mins]
* Interview with Carlton Leach
* Deleted and Extended scenes
* Auditions
* Out-takes
* Image gallery
* Trailer
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