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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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What else you gonna do on a Saturday? 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

Opening Weekend:

£207,683 (United Kingdom), 16 May 2004, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the encounter between Billy Bright and Millwall Fred at the junior game, Frank Harper ad-libbed most of his lines, including the "Kebab shop" racial slur. The anger shown by Tamer Hassan is genuine and Nick Love kept it in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy Johnson's grandfather has a heart attack on the bus, he stumbles off with jacket in hand. In the next shot, Zebedee throws the jacket at him from the back of the bus. See more »

Quotes

Raff: The geezer is a complete nutter who will never talk to us again, and everyone else thinks we're thieving little cunts.
Tommy Johnson: You are thieving little cunts.
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Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Ever Fallen In Love
Written by Pete Shelley (as P. Shelley)
Performed by Buzzcocks (as Buzzcocks)
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Confused men looking for a place to fit in
9 August 2006 | by calexand-3See all my reviews

Football Factory does not shamelessly glorify violence like many have said. Violence is obviously a focal part of the movie, but i feel the violence of this movie is shown in a negative light. Through out the movie football hooligans of Chelsea FC are followed in a number of different situations. The turf of other football firms, and the local pubs are where many of the scenes are shot, but despite following the violence of football hooligans, this film is a lot deeper than that. It is about trying to feel a part of something. It is about confused individuals that are looking for something to believe in, and throughout the movie there are internal struggles where the characters battle within their own minds as to what's more important; growing up, or football hooliganism. The violence in this movie isn't gratuitous. It is necessary and factual, and is needed to show the internal struggles of the movies' many confused individuals. Not a bad film, although it is a little rough around the edges.


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