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

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)


£85,903 (UK) (7 September 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the coach scene at beginning of the film you can see the real Carlton Leach in the gym lifting weights See more »


During the fight with Man United (set in 1982), a D-registration police car pulls up to stop the fight. D-reg cars were manufactured in 1986-87. 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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Written by A. Pasinelli, C. Maifrini, Diego Leoni (as D. Leoni), G. Bortolotti
Performed by Cappella
Published by Media Songs SRL/Media Songs Ltd.
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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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