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The Football Factory (2004)

R | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 14 May 2004 (UK)
An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

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Alison Egan ...
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Storyline

The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence; it's about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten culture of Anglo-Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using their fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together. Shot in documentery style with the energy and vibrancy of handheld, The Football Factory is frighteningly real yet full of painful humour as the four characters' extreme thoughts and actions unfold before us. Written by Wahida Begum

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, brutal violence, drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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£207,683 (UK) (14 May 2004)
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Trivia

Dougray Scott and Sean Bean were originally in the film before the original script, director and cast were scrapped. See more »

Goofs

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) was completed in 2003: Chelsea Millwall last played in the FA Cup in 1995. Cranes are shown in at least two scenes putting the the finishing touches on that iconic shape well ahead of its time. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Johnson: The next best thing to violence is sex. And seeing as there's nearly 500,000 single women in London, I must be in with half a chance. Especially as I'd fuck anything that's breathing.
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Connections

Followed by Football Hooligans International (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Swastika Eyes
Written by Bobby Gillespie (as B. Gillespie) and Andrew Innes (as A. Innes)
Performed by Primal Scream
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User Reviews

Is it Worth Watching? Course it is, love it!!
17 October 2004 | by (Bangor, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

A Fantastic Movie from start to finish, with brilliant acting, script, dialogue, poignancy and laughs. Danny Dyer proves that there is more to young British Actors that Jude "Pretty Boy" Law and Orlando "acts with his eyes" Bloom with a stirring performance as Tommy Johnston. The social critique is as prominent in the film as the football hooliganism, and the bathos that runs throughout is definitely a strong point. The Film is similar to Trainspotting in its feel and story-telling style, and the soundtrack expertly tries to give you the buzz the guys are feeling as they are marching towards a ruck. Scenes to look out for are the Junior Football Match, the 3rd Round Draw, and Rod Meeting his girlfriend's parents. Ultimately the film asks more questions about the society that breeds the need for arranged violence than the actual link to football, and ultimately leaves you on a high note after many lows during the film.

I would recommend this to anyone, not just football fans, but anyone who wishes to see a film out heterosexual male relationships, and the state of the British Male mindset in the year 2004.

Love It!!


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