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Green Street Hooligans (2005)

Hooligans (original title)
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A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

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Lexi Alexander

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Lexi Alexander (story), Dougie Brimson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Matt Buckner
Charlie Hunnam ... Pete Dunham
Claire Forlani ... Shannon Dunham
Marc Warren ... Steve Dunham
Leo Gregory ... Bovver
Geoff Bell ... Tommy Hatcher
Kieran Bew ... Ike
Henry Goodman ... Carl Buckner
Christopher Hehir Christopher Hehir ... Keith
Terence Jay Terence Jay ... Jeremy Van Holden
Ross McCall ... Dave
Francis Pope Francis Pope ... Ned
Rafe Spall ... Swill
David Alexander David Alexander ... Nigel
Oliver Allison Oliver Allison ... Ben Dunham
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Storyline

Unjustly expelled from Harvard when a stash of cocaine is found in his possession, Matt moves to London to live with his sister and her husband Steve. He is quickly introduced to Steve's chirpy, cock-sure younger brother Pete. Initially, Pete is reluctant to get acquainted with Matt and allow him to tread around the capital city with him because he may be seen by others as an 'outsider', but after a heavy drinking session with him and his mates he quickly changes his opinion of him. On the way back from a football match, Matt is viciously accosted by a gang of Birmingham City thugs, until Pete and his friends step in and save him. It is from here that Matt learns the truth about Pete and his friends- they are football hooligans, operating the GSE (Green Street Elite) 'firm.' Initially afraid of the violence, Matt soon ends up becoming as desensitized to it as his new found friends - but as events roll on, suspicion, shocking revelations and unsettled scores combine to a devastating ... Written by davidgraham83@hotmail.com

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When the whistles blow, blood will flow See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,760, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$346,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,154,346
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cass Pennant: One of the Manchester riot police at the train station. Cass Pennant was one of West Ham United's Inter City Firm's (ICF) leaders and a notorious hooligan in the late '70s. See more »

Goofs

When Matt's journal is discovered, the date of the first game against Birminghan is shown to be the 27th March.

The draw had just been made for the quarter finals of the FA Cup. These games are usually scheduled for Mid March. Before the date of the first game. The draw for the FA cup quarter final would take place on the Monday after the 5th round sometime, in mid February. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pete Dunham: Fuck me. If I knew we was going to a bar mitzvah, I would have brought me fuckin' skull cap. Mate, Tottenham's due north. Are you lost? Or just fucking stupid?
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Connections

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Strength of One
Music by Machine Head
Performed by Christopher Mann
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User Reviews

A powerful film about loss and being alone resolved into belonging through a Football Firm (gang).
16 March 2005 | by sbarcikSee all my reviews

5 Stars; A truly great film, with a powerful story. Beautifully photographed, in London, Wow! The audience was quickly involved, and laughed, started, and gave a standing ovation at the end. Truly a complete film, thank you for having a real ending to the film, which is so rare these days. Never apologize for this film, it is loving, stark, caring, hard, honest, violent, and beautiful. It touches the emotions, and the feeling of not belonging that exists within many of us, and that longing for love and brotherhood, that is not available without some dire costs. The characters were so clearly human, powerful and conflicted one was drawn to care for everything that happened to them and cheer at their triumphs and sit in horror at their losses.

I have recommended that everyone see this film during SXSW. My wife and I were expecting an audience award for the film, which it easily won, however the Jury Award was also won and we were give true appreciation for the jury system at SXSW.

Beautiful photographed, with outstanding music, this production hits all the marks out of the ballpark and should be studied for how powerful film today could be. This is the level of film making I aspire to achieve.


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