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Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.



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Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties. It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the criminal aspects of the early 'rave' scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and respected criminals in the country. Written by Julian Gilbey

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody/brutal violence, torture and language throughout, drug use, sexuality, and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boсхождение пехотинца  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£85,903 (UK) (7 September 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kierston Waring has played kate/Karen in three Films about the Range Rover murders in Rettendon. Fall of the Essex boys (2013), Bonded by Blood (2010) and Rise of the Footsoldier (2007) See more »


In the rave scene, set in 1988.. there are multiple posters advertising "Happy Hardcore". Happy Hardcore wasn't around in 1988, it wasn't until between 1991-1993 that rave music evolved in to Happy Hardcore. See more »


[first lines]
Carlton Leach: It was the end of an era. But before the murders, the torture, the beatings and the ecstacy... before all of that, there was football. You see, football was where all the spite and the hatred first came from. On those terraces... well, it's where it all began for me.
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Decent - don't believe the reviews
9 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just seen this at the cinema, and I can't believe it's had such bad reviews. I can only think critics are offended by the subject matter, as this is a pacey, well-acted, stylishly shot exploitation movie. Yes, the central characters are unpleasant, but when did that have anything to do with the quality of the film itself? That's like saying Guernica is a bad painting as it portrays a bombing, and bombings are NOT NICE...

Seriously though, if you like hard-boiled, brutal, gripping "TOUGH GUY" cinema, you will enjoy this. The 80s/90s period detail is captured very well, with haircuts, fashions and soundtrack, and the violence doesn't let up. I was half expecting some sub-Guy Ritchie cringe-worthy thing, but it's not like that at all. The plot focus does shift from Leach to his cohorts in the film's latter half, which some viewers seem to have a problem with, but not I. ROTF barrels along and seems shorter than its near-two hour running time. Plenty of brutality, nudity, swearing and drug abuse. Sweet!

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