Rise of the Footsoldier

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Rise of the Footsoldier


Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals…

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (9,226 voted)

Julian Gilbey

Stars: Ricci Harnett, Terry Stone, Craig Fairbrass

Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties. It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the criminal aspects of the early 'rave' scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and respected criminals in the country.

Writers: Julian Gilbey, Will Gilbey


Ricci Harnett

Carlton Leach

Terry Stone

Tony Tucker

Craig Fairbrass

Pat Tate

Roland Manookian

Craig Rolfe

Coralie Rose


Neil Maskell

Darren Nicholls

Billy Murray

Mickey Steele

Ian Virgo

Jimmy Gerenuk

Kierston Wareing

Kate Carter

Patrick Regis


Lara Belmont


Emily Beecham


Frank Harper

Jack Whomes

Jason Maza


Mark Killeen



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Release Date: 1 December 2008

Filming Locations: Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000


Opening Weekend: £85,903
(9 September 2007)
(138 Screens)

Gross: £170,397
(30 September 2007)

Technical Specs



When the ICF are on the bus to Man Utd game (5 mins in to film) they are spraying cans of alcohol and you can see a can of Magners (black can introduced in 2007).


[first lines]

Carlton Leach:
It was the end of an era. But before the murders, the torture, the beatings and the ecstacy… before all of that, there was football. You see, football was where all the spite and the hatred first came from. On those terraces… well, it's where it all began for me.

User Review

Decent – don't believe the reviews

Rating: 7/10

I've just seen this at the cinema, and I can't believe it's had such
bad reviews. I can only think critics are offended by the subject
matter, as this is a pacey, well-acted, stylishly shot exploitation
movie. Yes, the central characters are unpleasant, but when did that
have anything to do with the quality of the film itself? That's like
saying Guernica is a bad painting as it portrays a bombing, and
bombings are NOT NICE…

Seriously though, if you like hard-boiled, brutal, gripping "TOUGH GUY"
cinema, you will enjoy this. The 80s/90s period detail is captured very
well, with haircuts, fashions and soundtrack, and the violence doesn't
let up. I was half expecting some sub-Guy Ritchie cringe-worthy thing,
but it's not like that at all. The plot focus does shift from Leach to
his cohorts in the film's latter half, which some viewers seem to have
a problem with, but not I. ROTF barrels along and seems shorter than
its near-two hour running time. Plenty of brutality, nudity, swearing
and drug abuse. Sweet!