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Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.

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Julian Gilbey
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricci Harnett ... Carlton Leach
Terry Stone ... Tony Tucker
Craig Fairbrass ... Pat Tate
Roland Manookian ... Craig Rolfe
Coralie Rose Coralie Rose ... Denny
Neil Maskell ... Darren Nicholls
Billy Murray ... Mickey Steele
Ian Virgo ... Jimmy Gerenuk
Kierston Wareing ... Kate Carter
Patrick Regis ... Eddie
Lara Belmont ... Karen
Emily Beecham ... Kelly
Andy Linden Andy Linden ... Peter Dunsdale
Frank Harper ... Jack Whomes
Jason Maza ... Rob
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Storyline

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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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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boсхождение пехотинца See more »

Filming Locations:

Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£85,903 (United Kingdom), 9 September 2007, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Followed by Rise of the Footsoldier Part II (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Run Run Run
Written by Andes / Ferguson
Published by Rondor Music London Ltd
Version by The River
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Why the bad reviews?
12 September 2007 | by Maxxy74See all my reviews

I went to see this film the other day and although its not my type of film, I can't see why the reviews were so bad. Its very violent, very gory and has some real laugh out loud moments and in the cinema I was sitting in it had plenty of "oooo's and ahhh's" so the audience seemed to like it. Its definitely been made for the lads and is a working class film. Its not just some mickey mouse gangster film trying to imitate Lock Stock and two smoking barrels. It has similarities to Goodfellas and I think as a low budget British gangster flick it deserves to be praised for what it is. It has some amazing performances from Ricci Harnett, Terry Stone and Roland Manookian who in my opinion jointly make this film worthy of at least a 3* review and at best 4*. My advice is go and see this film and make up your own mind, don't let some upper class snob who hasn't watched this film properly and obviously has issues with the working class and the British Gangster Genre sway you from what I think is going to be a cult British film like The Football Fatory and Green Street are.


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