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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Sutton ...
Tony Denham ...
Harris (as Anthony Denham)
Calum MacNab ...
Albert Moss
Michele Hallak ...
Daniel Naylor ...
Alison Egan ...


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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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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Did You Know?


The Chelsea/Union Flag you can see hung up on the rear window of the coach when the firm is traveling "Up North", is in fact, a real Chelsea Headhunters flag given to the project by one of the original Headhunters. Also, the specific skull and cross bone (Deads Head/Totenkopf) symbol on the flag are symbols first used by the Prussian army under Frederick the Great and later used by the Stabswache, which turned into the Nazi Schutzstaffel, and is commonly used worldwide by Neo-Nazi and White Supremacy organizations. See more »


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 »


Tommy Johnson: I'm gonna smash the fuckin' granny out of that.
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An Honest Film
15 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hoologanism in football has been an controversial over past decade or so especially with it is concerned with English fans. This film has presented this dilemma quite well and in style as most British films do these days. Danny Dyer is brilliant, the last film i saw him in was Human Traffic. There is some terrific dialogue in this film... definitely one of the better football films to be released. I never knew Dyer voiced in some GTA games, how interesting. This film takes on no real plot (except for Chelsea's fixture list) which didn't really bother because it reflects a culture not a 'storyline'. British films never cease to amaze me, the acting is brilliant and script are always so clever and hilarious.

Although the film was good, it scared the hell out of me at times... the reality of it. Watching and thinking that this really does happen every weekend, I guess that is the intention of Nick Love. As a football fan and someone who has never experienced the full wrath of football hooliganism, i throroughly enjoyed and recommend it to anyone who is wondering whether to watch it or not.

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