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The Football Factory (2004)

R | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 14 May 2004 (UK)
An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

Director:

Nick Love

Writers:

John King (novel), Nick Love
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Dyer ... Tommy Johnson
Frank Harper ... Billy Bright
Tamer Hassan ... Fred
Roland Manookian ... Zeberdee
Neil Maskell ... Rod
Dudley Sutton ... Bill Farrell
Jamie Foreman ... Cabbie
Tony Denham Tony Denham ... Harris (as Anthony Denham)
Calum MacNab ... Raff
John Junkin ... Albert Moss
Sophie Linfield ... Tamara
Kara Tointon ... Tameka
Michele Hallak Michele Hallak ... Shian
Daniel Naylor Daniel Naylor ... Terry
Alison Egan Alison Egan ... Barbara
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Storyline

The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence; it's about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten culture of Anglo-Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using their fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together. Shot in documentery style with the energy and vibrancy of handheld, The Football Factory is frighteningly real yet full of painful humour as the four characters' extreme thoughts and actions unfold before us. Written by Wahida Begum

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Taglines:

Even in Britain, Crime is Crime See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Football Factory See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermondsey, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,228,003
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dougray Scott and Sean Bean were originally in the film before the original script, director and cast were scrapped. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy and Billy leave the massage place and Billy gives Tommy the Viagra, Tommy is carrying his jacket. But in the next shot, when he is walking through town, he does not have it. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Johnson: There's nothing different about me. I'm just another bored male, approaching 30, in a dead-end job, who lives for the weekend. Casual sex, watered-down lager, heavily cut drugs. And occasionally kicking fuck out of someone.
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Connections

References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Fight Scene
Written by Chris Coco and Sacha Puttnam (as Sasha Puttnam)
Performed by Chris Coco and Sacha Puttnam (as Sasha Puttnam)
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User Reviews

 
An Honest Film
15 July 2005 | by cure_the_sorrowSee all my reviews

Hoologanism in football has been an controversial over past decade or so especially with it is concerned with English fans. This film has presented this dilemma quite well and in style as most British films do these days. Danny Dyer is brilliant, the last film i saw him in was Human Traffic. There is some terrific dialogue in this film... definitely one of the better football films to be released. I never knew Dyer voiced in some GTA games, how interesting. This film takes on no real plot (except for Chelsea's fixture list) which didn't really bother because it reflects a culture not a 'storyline'. British films never cease to amaze me, the acting is brilliant and script are always so clever and hilarious.

Although the film was good, it scared the hell out of me at times... the reality of it. Watching and thinking that this really does happen every weekend, I guess that is the intention of Nick Love. As a football fan and someone who has never experienced the full wrath of football hooliganism, i throroughly enjoyed and recommend it to anyone who is wondering whether to watch it or not.


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