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The Football Factory

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2004
  • Nick Love
  • 87 mins
  • 18

Summary

Drama based on John King's novel, starring Danny Dyer. Young Chelsea fan Tommy Johnson and his friends are involved in weekly skirmishes with "firms" from rival football clubs. As the violence intensifies, Tommy's grandfather tries to persuade him to give up his warring lifestyle - before it's too late.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This British drama from 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. 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Tommy JohnsonDanny Dyer
Billy BrightFrank Harper
JackTamer Hassan
ZeberdeeRoland Manookian
RodNeil Maskell
Bill FarrellDudley Sutton
CabbieJamie Foreman

Crew

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DirectorNick Love

Details

Theatrical distributor
Vertigo Films
Released on
2004-05-14
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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