The Football Factory

The Football Factory

Nick Love (2004)

87min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This British drama from Goodbye Charlie Bright director Nick Love takes an unflinching look at soccer hooliganism and the thugs who get their kicks from it. Portraying several weeks in the lives of a firm of thugs who "support" Chelsea, it is a decently acted and clearly well-made film, but what is less evident is its moral stance. While not openly condoning the brutality it depicts, the movie doesn't actively condemn it either. Which is maybe why, before the official release, pirate copies of a rough cut were reportedly much prized by soccer's real-life bovver boys. Love's film is at its best when things are kept nice and gritty, with Frank Harper in particularly menacing form as an ageing hooligan who's old enough to know better. However, the crisis of conscience faced by Danny Dyer's character is less well handled and ultimately lacks conviction.

Summary

Hard-drinking Tommy Johnson uses his love of football as an excuse for indulging in regular bouts of violence. However, the simmering conflict between fans of rival teams soon spirals out of control when Tommy is accused of raping the sister of a fellow hooligan. Drama based on John King's novel, starring Danny Dyer, Frank Harper and Neil Maskell.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Johnson Danny Dyer
Billy Bright Frank Harper
Rod Neil Maskell
Fred Tamer Hassan
Zeberdee Roland Manookian
Bill Farrell Dudley Sutton
Harris Anthony Denham
Raff Calum McNab
Albert Moss John Junkin
Tamara Sophie Linfield
Director Nick Love
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vertigo FilmsGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama