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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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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

A depiction of the Rettendon murders which took place in 1995. The same murders were depicted in Bonded by Blood (2010), The Fall of the Essex Boys (2013) and Essex Boys (2000). See more »

Goofs

In the rave scene, set in 1988 (again), you can spot someone wearing a 2007 season Gio-Goi T-shirt in the crowd. 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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Cherry Red
Written by Tony McPhee
Performed by The Groundhogs
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Licensed by courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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The Rise of a Smalltime Hooligan to the Criminal Life on the Streets of London and Essex
23 January 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

"Rise of the Footsoldier" is a violent and very realistic British movie that shows the story of the British scum Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett), who was a bully hooligan of a gang in soccer stadiums in the 70's and 80's and his rise to the position of one of the most feared gangsters on the streets of London and Essex in the 90's.

Julian Gilbey made a realistic movie that is many moments seem to be a documentary, with stunning performances of the cast. However, criminals like Carlton Leach, Tony Tucker and Pat Tate are the scum of the society that should be forgotten indeed. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Guerra entre Gangues" ("War between Gangs")


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