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 coming to DVD from Optimum on December 28th.
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This was a really dire movie.
It's not very good from the off but at least there are a handful of scenes at the beginning with impressive football fights,especially the one on the tube.
However it gets worse as the film goes on with the lead character taking a back seat when Eastenders and Bill actors start appearing.
The second half of the movie is just terrible and the pathetic sub Goodfellas voiceover just kills it completely!
In fact it seems to turn into a different film altogether in the last half hour tackling a subject already covered in "Essex boys".
I watched this the other day (I've been quite a follower of the whole Essex boys / rettendon murder thing and have read a few books on the subject).
Its a decent movie and I did enjoy it, but from what I've read in the past, Bernard O Mahoneys 'Essex Boys' book in particular, and also on a few 'gangland' forums about the film its quite far from fact. Apparently Pat Tate and Tommy Tuckers' characters are very very well portrayed and were very true to life.
Am I the only one that thought this was a good movie. Nothing great, but I thought this was a well done movie that kept me going until the end.
I know Essex boys wasn't that long ago but I felt this was another view that was worthy of another movie.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting a recent British gangster movie.
Watched this on a £2.60 hire from the local library, a movie about the perhaps forgotten Rettenden Range Rover murders in Essex in 1995. Not a great film by any means but a lot better than Nick Love's efforts and at least it wasn't "directed" by him and an even greater bonus is that Danny Dyer is nowhere to be seen in the cast list. Based on actual murders, at least one of the three victims (as portrayed) deserved to have a shotgun thrust up his **** and had both barrels let fly (sadly in the film he's simply shot in the face). I got the impression that the film was made and released as part of a campaign to release the two men who were imprisoned for the murders. From a quick glance at the BBC reports it does seem as though (unless the police have access to information not used during the trial) they have been wrongfully imprisoned.
Am tempted to see this as I was born and bred in Essex... although I didn't really like Essex Boys... the highlight for me in that film though was seeing a car chase on Southend Sea Front, but that was just a weird novelty really.