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4.0 out of 5 stars Do what? Av it.
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...
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Spike Owen

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2.0 out of 5 stars WATCH GREENSTREET
Only one film about football firms worth watching and that is greenstreet. this film is watchable but pretty poor. Not really very interesting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do what? Av it., 28 Mar 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (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. Throw in the punches and a ream of genuine laughs and you got a film that is easy to like if you belong to a certain demographic. Here is the problem if you are not a geezer, a tribal footie fan or a mindless thug, The Football Factory holds no appeal to the casual observer, which is a shame, because as stated previously, it's trying hard to reason and understand. There's for instance a cracking plot-strand involving two old fella's, Tommy's {Dyer} granddad Bill {Dudley Sutton} & Albert {John Junkin}. Both lifelong pals who have grown tired of what "their" Britain has become, thus they are in the process of emigrating to Australia. This dovetails smartly with the unfolding story of football violence perpetrated by the kids of the day. Generational differences? Perhaps, maybe?

The cast are strong, either fitting the mean profile perfectly {Harper/Hassan} or delivering the needed cocky swagger line {Dyer}, Love has assembled, what is for the material at hand, the perfect cast. OK we probably could have done with Vinnie Jones or Ross Kemp in there somewhere, but it's a low budget movie you know! The fight scenes are grim and look authentic and the soundtrack rocks the large one too. So is it glamorising a touchy subject? Well yes it is, if you are a football hooligan yourself that is. It's not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination, but it has good intentions in there, even if not all of them are fully realised. To which it leaves us with an impacting, intriguing and uneasily enjoyable movie. 7.5/10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Bunch, 24 Feb 2010
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P. Frizelle (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
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. But there's no discernable plotline, no form of redemption for any of our characters, and nobody for the right-thinking viewer to side with. Yup, there's a moral lesson thrown in for our lead protagonist, but it never looks like it's been included as anything more than a minor afterthought in an extremely weak effort to justify the film's existence. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is a film that revels in its subject matter. West Ham's Inter City Firm, Chelsea's Headhunters and Millwall's Bushwacker,: are just a few of the infamous gangs who established reputations as some of the most feared and active mobs in English football. and the film follows the build-up to an FA Cup tie between these fierce rivals.

Raw, violent, compassionate. Narassistic, and often extremely funny, The Football Factory will appeal to all those who played (and still play) the game. This film is the best of the crop, Forget away days, The firm 1998 and 2009 and the ludicrous green street. But with all these films there is a undercurrent of subservient brotherly love. Danny Dyer once again steals the show with his off the peg character, but Danny how many times can you be transplanted try something new.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 24 Dec 2008
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matt 13 (Bedfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant, 22 Dec 2004
This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you dislike violent lad movies, you'll hate it, 7 Jun 2010
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Mr. I. J. Kelly (bournemouth, dorset United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
If you dislike this sort of thing, you will absolutely hate this. But if you like grimy, violent and honest to real life Brit flicks, you'll love it. I personally have no interest football, but I still liked it. I'm a big fab of Nick Love's work anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars WATCH GREENSTREET, 14 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD] (DVD)
Only one film about football firms worth watching and that is greenstreet. this film is watchable but pretty poor. Not really very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a chic flick, 13 May 2010
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Great British boy's movie.
Football, violence, friendship, humour and irony all come together to highlight the stupidity of hooliganism. "What else are you going to do on a Saturday?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% good, 8 April 2014
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This movie is so good I watched this film so much times that's how good this movie is thanks amazon
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4.0 out of 5 stars magic, 13 Feb 2014
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tarintino meets football well worth a Saturday night in to watch well acted and plenty of action dany dyers best film by far plus a lot of well known faces ive used novostock a lot and have never been disappointed always 100%
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