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Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)




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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 hooligan 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.

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Ricci Harnett
as Carlton Leach
Terry Stone
as Tony Tucker
Roland Manookian
as Craig Rolfe
Neil Maskell
as Darren Nicholls
Ian Virgo
as Jimmy Gerenuk
Billy Murray
as Mickey Steele
Kierston Wareing
as Kate Carter
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Critic Reviews for Rise of the Footsoldier

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Footsoldier doesn't so much pack a punch as leave you feeling violated and more importantly, robs you of two hours of your life you won't get back.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The direction smacks of sadism, especially the obvious glee Gilbey gets from filming violent scenes in close-up and, in the case of the bloody shotgun-to-the-face denouement, in triplicate.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

A peculiar but decidedly ordinary addition to the British thug genre.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…


September 7, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Fans of British geezer films would be better off checking out I.D. - this is best enjoyed after a night at the pub on DVD.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The filmmakers' wide-eyed attempt to turn Leach into a living legend will probably rattle Daily Mail readers' cages; everyone else may find its stonking hard-on for real-life hard men slightly ludicrous.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rise of the Footsoldier

A pretty good film, The half hour was the best for me and then it just kind of got very dark and pretty gruesome at times, I know it was based on true events so they couldn't really change it, Worth a watch if you like british gangster films.

Jamie Clarke
Jamie Clarke

Super Reviewer


This film is certainly more in your face than a lot of British Gangster films and obviously based on a true story (some people may remember links from the film ?Essex Boys? although, a lot of that film was fictional). I suppose we hear a lot about East End gangster, or London Gangsters in general, but not so much about the Essex underworld. When casting for this film they didn?t exactly choose Actors who resembled the characters in looks, particularly in the case of Carlton Leach and the low budget shone through at times, particularly with the wigs, but it?s a brave attempt for a film of it?s genre and extremely informative if you are a fan of true crime stories. Some pretty shocking scenes (in terms of real life violence) from start to finish.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

A truly horrible film on all levels. It starts off as some Football Factory wannabe following the exploits of some very unlikeable bloke who just swears, womanisers, doesn't do drugs but then does and uses excesive violence because his flowers didn't bloom this year or something. The film is so uninspired it decides to just cast people from Football Factory. At some point while I was laughing at this films attempts to be 'hard' it turned into a gangster film with the main character thrown out and now following even less liekable chaps. Though I'm confused because one of the truly horrid gentleman wasn't so bad before but now the main character is the voice of reason without any explanation to this sudden change. Violence tries hard to be shocking but just increases this embarrassment of British cinema. I don't demand people must be good but they should have some humanity, especially when it gets to the point where I don't care if these gangsters families are killed by other gang members, let 'em.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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