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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

When the ICF are on the bus to Man Utd game (5 mins in to film) they are spraying cans of alcohol and you can see a can of Magners (black can introduced in 2007). 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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Reckoning Day (2011) See more »

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Run Run Run
Written by Andes / Ferguson
Published by Rondor Music London Ltd
Version by The River
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Brutal but gripping British gangster movie
5 November 2007 | by russelledwards001See all my reviews

I'm always wary of saying that a film is excellent after only seeing it once, but me and my wife and friends have been talking about this film since we watched it.

Although extremely brutal in places this movie is one of the best British gangster titles i have seen in years now.

The story is gripping and the football firm fighting scenes although perhaps a little over the top with the blood make sorry titles like green street and football factories seem like a walk in the park.

I was extremely impressed with Terry Stone (known to those who have been in the rave scene as terry turbo) and as a fan of this genre was delighted to see some great bad boy actors from eastenders (jonny allen and dan for those who know).

A great take on a subject that has certainly been done before, but it was also nice to see the early rave scene being covered as well, something i'm sure as time goes by we will see a lot more of.

All in all if you are a fan of the genre i have little doubt you will enjoy this movie.

I have a feeling once it is released on DVD this will become a cult movie. And rightly so.


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