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Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£85,903 (UK) (7 September 2007)

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£85,903 (UK) (7 September 2007)
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Trivia

Terry Stone also plays Tony Tucker in Bounded by blood which is a completely different movie based on the same story . See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Voodooo Ray
By Guy Called Gerald
Words and Music by G. Simpson
Published by Chrysalis
Music Publication Ltd.
Used with permission
All rights reserved
Licensed courtesy of RHAM Records
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TRUE GREAT British MOVIE
11 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Went to see this Monday, and I thought what a great British true crime story. The director made this film as true to live as possible, and he did a great job of doing this, it's a fantastic true story that most Essex and London people know about. The film in my view shows you how the Essex boys lived there lives in Basildon, and how Carlton leach was part of there life's as well. It's true underworld film, will plenty of action. When I see this I hadn't been to sleep for hours and went straight from work to see it praying I won't fall a sleep, it kept me awake the whole time, its action all the way.

The actors all played the parts well, ricci harnett who plays Carlton played a great role, as too do terry stone (Tony tucker) and Craig fairbrass as (pat Tate) Roland manookian (Craig rolfe) all played these guys like the real Essex boys were.

If you're a true crime fan, and love a British film, then go see this film, don't listen to what the press say, make your own mind up, and remember this is all true.

Its no big Hollywood film, it's a British movie, and we don't see many of them.

I will be going to see this movie again.

Well done again to director and writer Julian and will gilbey


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