A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

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Lexi Alexander

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Lexi Alexander (story), Dougie Brimson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Matt Buckner
Charlie Hunnam ... Pete Dunham
Claire Forlani ... Shannon Dunham
Marc Warren ... Steve Dunham
Leo Gregory ... Bovver
Geoff Bell ... Tommy Hatcher
Kieran Bew ... Ike
Henry Goodman ... Carl Buckner
Christopher Hehir Christopher Hehir ... Keith
Terence Jay Terence Jay ... Jeremy Van Holden
Ross McCall ... Dave
Francis Pope Francis Pope ... Ned
Rafe Spall ... Swill
David Alexander David Alexander ... Nigel
Oliver Allison Oliver Allison ... Ben Dunham
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Storyline

Unjustly expelled from Harvard when a stash of cocaine is found in his possession, Matt moves to London to live with his sister and her husband Steve. He is quickly introduced to Steve's chirpy, cock-sure younger brother Pete. Initially, Pete is reluctant to get acquainted with Matt and allow him to tread around the capital city with him because he may be seen by others as an 'outsider', but after a heavy drinking session with him and his mates he quickly changes his opinion of him. On the way back from a football match, Matt is viciously accosted by a gang of Birmingham City thugs, until Pete and his friends step in and save him. It is from here that Matt learns the truth about Pete and his friends- they are football hooligans, operating the GSE (Green Street Elite) 'firm.' Initially afraid of the violence, Matt soon ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends - but as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating ... Written by davidgraham83@hotmail.com

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Stand Your Ground And Fight. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport | War

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

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Lexi Alexander originally wanted to cast Jake Gyllenhaal as Matt Buckner. See more »

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At Matt's first game when Bovver goes to shout at the rival team, the guards take Bovver away, when Bovver resists his hood falls down. The next scene features him still resisting but his hood is back up. As his arms were detained there was no way for him to put it back up. See more »

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[first lines]
Pete Dunham: Fuck me. If I knew we was going to a bar mitzvah, I would have brought me fuckin' skull cap. Mate, Tottenham's due north. Are you lost? Or just fucking stupid?
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Referenced in Lie to Me: Grievous Bodily Harm (2009) See more »

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Saw it last night...
13 March 2005 | by citycineSee all my reviews

I saw Hooligans last night at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (downtown location) in Austin, Texas. This was a great feature length film debut for director Lexi Alexander. You have to like fight films though, because this was not sugar-coated (think Fight Club). Viewers never got much of a break from the violence. Lexi said in Q&A that this is based on some of the *firms/gangs* she was exposed to as a kid, and that it's not make believe--this stuff really goes on. I also learned that Lexi is a martial arts expert/champion (I think she's undefeated?).

Charlie Hunnan was absolutely amazing and I can't wait to see him appear in more films. I have to add that Lexi, Charlie, and the other cast members (including Elijah Wood) were extremely friendly in person. Charlie was polite to us and answered our questions about his career even though he was trying to grab a bite to eat...nice guy and a terrific actor!


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Opening Weekend USA:

$48,760, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$346,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,814,717
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