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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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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

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 »

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In the rave scene, set in 1988.. there are multiple posters advertising "Happy Hardcore". Happy Hardcore wasn't around in 1988, it wasn't until between 1991-1993 that rave music evolved in to Happy Hardcore. 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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Run Run Run
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Published by Rondor Music London Ltd
Version by The River
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TRUE GREAT British MOVIE
11 September 2007 | by TonyHazardSee all my reviews

Went to see this Monday, and I thought what a great British true crime story. The director made this film as true to live as possible, and he did a great job of doing this, it's a fantastic true story that most Essex and London people know about. The film in my view shows you how the Essex boys lived there lives in Basildon, and how Carlton leach was part of there life's as well. It's true underworld film, will plenty of action. When I see this I hadn't been to sleep for hours and went straight from work to see it praying I won't fall a sleep, it kept me awake the whole time, its action all the way.

The actors all played the parts well, ricci harnett who plays Carlton played a great role, as too do terry stone (Tony tucker) and Craig fairbrass as (pat Tate) Roland manookian (Craig rolfe) all played these guys like the real Essex boys were.

If you're a true crime fan, and love a British film, then go see this film, don't listen to what the press say, make your own mind up, and remember this is all true.

Its no big Hollywood film, it's a British movie, and we don't see many of them.

I will be going to see this movie again.

Well done again to director and writer Julian and will gilbey


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