Convincingly true gangster film.
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Much has been written about this film alredy.It's a hard hitting true story as written by Carlton Leach.A self confessed football hooligan & hard violent man.The early part of the film focuses on his life.Then how he met the trio Pat Tate,Tony Tucker & Craig Rolfe.Through their violent & lucrative lives.Funded mainly by drugs.They had it all.But greed finaly got the better of the trio.The Rettendon murders in 1995 which shows graphicaly how all 3 were killed in the famous Range Rover.The three choices at the end as to who killed them is interesting.This is an excellent film Craig Farbrass plays Pat Tate as very menacing cruel man.Very convincingly.Buy this dvd if you like British gangster type films.I should point out that a lot of reviewers prefer this to Bonded by Blood (which tells the same story,but as told by a gang member who turned Queens evidence & informed on the killers)which I think is a film worth owning & watching.No suprise that you can buy it as 2 in one deal.ROTFS/Bonded By Blood.Thats the one to look out for.I have both films,bought seperately (my review for BBB on Ebay)
Green street / football factory but better.
Please rate this review,Thanks: Julian Gilbey's fact-based crime saga Rise of the Footsoldier traces one man's meteoric ascension from a lucrative soccer career, through the ranks of organized crime, to the status of Britain's most omnipotent drug lord. The tale begins in the 1970s, when professional footballer Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett) finds himself implicated in a series of violent skirmishes on the soccer fields of England. Prompted to leave this activity and enter another trade, Leach self-incorporates as a company called ICF - a front for the young entrepreneur's drug-dealing activities. Soon, Carlton's business flourishes - first with cocaine, then with ecstasy and heroin (as time rolls forward from the self-serving 80s into the 1990s), but with it comes severe addiction and, disturbingly, wave after wave of nerve-wracking violence. More hardened, more severe criminals turn up to do business with Carlton's associates, forcing Carlton to recruit tougher and more psychopathic elements to protect himself - particularly when the goods from a heroin shipment disappear and Turkish thugs begin closing in.
Great film if you like Green street, Football factory, The Business or Cockney's.A must watch five star film.
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Rise Of The Footsoldier
When you look at this title you would think it's an army film, but after you watch the film you realise it is very well titled. This is the story of Carlton Leach and how he came through the ranks to end up as one of the hardest men in the UK. At the begining you will watch him and think what a waste of space and the best place for him is jail, but as the film unfolds you cannot help but get to like him. It starts with the football gangs of the 80s and runs into the rave scene of the early 90s. He soon found out that good money could be made in muscle work, watching deals go down and making sure they went smoothly. He soon realise's that if you go round thinking you are a gangster you will soon come across the real nutter's of the world, and once you are in with that crowd there is no way out. This is not a film to put on if you want to cuddle up to your girl, but if you want a good Briish gangster film this is the one. There are alot of people in this film you will have seen before so it's very easy to sit back and enjoy. This is a film you can watch over and over. The only thing which could make it better is watching it at the picture's or on a good surround sound system.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
It's obviously the Rettendon murders that sell this film, and it's fairly obvious that a fair few liberties have been taken regarding the relationship between main protagonist and 'The Firm'. This is made more apparent by this being two films in one and I don't mean that in a good way. The first part is the irrelevant story of the 'rise' of Mr Leach from teenage thug to bouncer. The second part is the story of the last few years of the lives of Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe. Although I'm sure there is a lot of poetic licence within both. Subsequent to the clunky, tenuous link between the two, the once lead character becomes a kind of support act/narrator, (in his own story!)
This is a very violent film, and rightly so. Although nowhere near the standard of the great Alan Clarke, most scenes are effective. Although some of the scenes with a couple of litres of blood flowing around the set are straight from the pantomime.
Nevertheless this is a very watchable film, especially the second part. Roland Manookian puts in a fine performance as always and Craig Fairbrass steals the show with a convincing portrayal of the psychotic Pat Tate. Indeed, (and I can't believe I'm going to say this!) Craig Fairbrass is outstanding in this role.
Watch it, enjoy it, don't take it too seriously.
Rise of the foot soldier
...I bought this DVD as a follow up to the classic film "The Essex Boys". Absolute amazing film, Carlton Leechs take on what happened that fateful night.
Ideally I would recommend watching "The Rise of The Foot soldier" before "The Essex Boys".
An epic film ... British southern hardmen at their best.