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Green Street Hooligans (2005)

Hooligans (original title)
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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

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | UK

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,760, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$346,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,154,346
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When hopping off the train at Macclesfield, as they are expected at Manchester and being waited for by the rival firm, it is not actually Macclesfield Station, but Westbury train station, in Wiltshire, a couple hundred miles away. See more »

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When Steve is trying to con Pete into taking Matt to the match, the money he is holding goes from folded in half to thirds and back to half again. See more »

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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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References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

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Violence and Friendship
24 May 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Harvard's journalism student Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) is expelled from the university two months before his graduation for stashing drugs in his closet in his room. However the cocaine belongs and was hidden by his roommate Jeremy Van Holden (Terence Jay). But the insecure Matt does not accuse Van Holden since he is the son of a powerful politician. Matt travels to London to meet his estranged sister Shannon Dunham (Claire Forlani) that is married with a baby boy with the British Steve Dunham (Marc Warren). Matt explains what happened to her in Harvard and when Steve comes home, he asks Matt to go to the football game with his brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam) since he has planned to date Shannon that night. Pete refuses since he is the leader of the GSE (Green Street Elite), a gang of hooligan fans of the West Ham United that usually fight after the matches. However Matt befriends Pete and his friends and fights with them, becoming a confident young man. But soon he has a lesson where the violence of the hooligan gangs leads them.

"Hooligans" is a surprisingly good film about violence and friendship. Elijah Wood performs an interesting character that changes his personality through his experience with a gang of hooligans. Pete is also intriguing since he is a history and physical education teacher for kids and the leader of a gang. It is good to see the loyalty of most of the characters to each other and how they change their personal lives addicted in fights after the football matches. The tragic conclusion fits well to the behavior of the characters. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Hooligans"


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