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Rise of the Footsoldier [WS] [DVD] [English] [2007]
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Special Features

  • Commentary with director/writer Julian Gilbey and writer William Gilbey
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Interview with Carlton Leach
  • Outtakes
  • The Making of Rise of the Footsoldier
  • Trailer gallery
  • Closed Captioned


Rise of the Footsoldier
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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ricci Harnett
    Ricci Harnett - Carlton Leach
  • Craig Fairbrass
    Craig Fairbrass
  • Terry Stone
    Terry Stone
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    Roland Manookian
  • Image coming soon
    Coralie Rose
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