Rise of the Foot Soldier (18)

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Tue Sep 4 2007

A repugnant gangland romp in which a group of Neanderthalic, perpetually gurning ruffians get tooled up with axe handles, baseball bats and Stanley knives then knock ten bells out of each other for just shy of two hours. Based on a true story, the ‘Rise’ of the title refers to the ‘meteoric’ ascent of mockney street tough, Carlton Leach (Ricci Harnett), from middle-rung football hooligan to, er, club doorman. Leach is then unceremoniously swept aside as the film hastily attempts to give the Rettendon Range Rover murders a once-over in its scrappy second half. There is fun to be had deconstructing writer-director Julian Gilbey’s laughable join-the-dots yob patois, as every sentence seems to start with an, ‘I’m gonna fackin’…’ or ‘You fackin’…’ or, on occasion, ‘So then I only went an’ fackin’…’, typically concluded with a mandatory ‘caaaant!’ The direction, too, smacks of sadism, especially the obvious glee Gilbey gets from filming violent scenes in close-up and, in the case of the bloody shotgun-to-the-face denouement, in triplicate.
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Fri Sep 7, 2007

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Jimmy

This film is a brilliant look into the Essex underworld. All the above comment about Carlton leach never bein in the dock.. A good proper gangster will never get cought. Wat is the point in drug dealing etc if ur Gona get cought?!

Jimmy

This film is a brilliant look into the Essex underworld. All the above comment about Carlton leach never bein in the dock.. A good proper gangster will never get cought. Wat is the point in drug dealing etc if ur Gona get cought?!

Micky

This has to be the worst film I've seen in a long time and that includes a couple of Norwegian art house films which go on for 4 hours and nothing actually happens. At least this film only wasted 2 hours of my life! The main character is neither likeable nor interesting, so much so that he seems to have been cut out of the second half of the film. If i was still 13 maybe i could see the the appeal but senseless violence seemed all that this film had going for it and that's just not impressive any more. They say that explicit sex without artistic merit is porn, well this film has no artistic merit, no proper story line, bad dialogue and an extremely tenuous connection to reality.

Micky

This has to be the worst film I've seen in a long time and that includes a couple of Norwegian art house films which go on for 4 hours and nothing actually happens. At least this film only wasted 2 hours of my life! The main character is neither likeable nor interesting, so much so that he seems to have been cut out of the second half of the film. If i was still 13 maybe i could see the the appeal but senseless violence seemed all that this film had going for it and that's just not impressive any more. They say that explicit sex without artistic merit is porn, well this film has no artistic merit, no proper story line, bad dialogue and an extremely tenuous connection to reality.

Johnnyb33

This movie ROCKS!! Far better than Essex Boys Non stop heart pounding edge of your seat! Caracters were so well done. What a life,I think I would have liked to be there when all this went down. Crazy off the hook Mo Fos. The drugs and violence and women. oh did I forget the VIOLENCE? So real Please make another like this. The British can make a movie!!!!!

Johnnyb33

This movie ROCKS!! Far better than Essex Boys Non stop heart pounding edge of your seat! Caracters were so well done. What a life,I think I would have liked to be there when all this went down. Crazy off the hook Mo Fos. The drugs and violence and women. oh did I forget the VIOLENCE? So real Please make another like this. The British can make a movie!!!!!

Ped

First of all i wouldnt listen too much to the critics reviews of this film. It seems tome too many of them grew up in a sheltered environment and are genuinely scared and offended by brutal films like this. This is real life though and bad things like some of the scenes in this film actually happen. What can you do when you are telling a story such as this one? Edit all the violence out and leave it to the viewers imagination? Thank god they didnt because in my opinion the makers made one of the best gangster movies i've ever seen. Maybe not up there with goodfellas and casino but definetely as shocking as either. Who cares if carlton leach is telling the truth or not, it seems to me as if he was a byestander in the latter parts of the film anyway trying to get his mate tony tucker away from the psychotic influence of pat tate who had pressed the self destruct button and was pissing everbody off. I loved the film it is genuinely well acted and action packed with every one of the characters walking a knife edge between life and death. Big craig fairbrass has always been one of my favourite actors for the menace he can bring to the bad guy in his acting and i think he's up there with tommy devito from goodfellas for sheer menace on screen. All in all a fine british gangster tale that will be in the back of your mind for a Long time after you watch it

Ped

First of all i wouldnt listen too much to the critics reviews of this film. It seems tome too many of them grew up in a sheltered environment and are genuinely scared and offended by brutal films like this. This is real life though and bad things like some of the scenes in this film actually happen. What can you do when you are telling a story such as this one? Edit all the violence out and leave it to the viewers imagination? Thank god they didnt because in my opinion the makers made one of the best gangster movies i've ever seen. Maybe not up there with goodfellas and casino but definetely as shocking as either. Who cares if carlton leach is telling the truth or not, it seems to me as if he was a byestander in the latter parts of the film anyway trying to get his mate tony tucker away from the psychotic influence of pat tate who had pressed the self destruct button and was pissing everbody off. I loved the film it is genuinely well acted and action packed with every one of the characters walking a knife edge between life and death. Big craig fairbrass has always been one of my favourite actors for the menace he can bring to the bad guy in his acting and i think he's up there with tommy devito from goodfellas for sheer menace on screen. All in all a fine british gangster tale that will be in the back of your mind for a Long time after you watch it

wozza2011

TerencedeMonteCristo this is better then most hollywood films if u could make a better lets c it

wozza2011

TerencedeMonteCristo this is better then most hollywood films if u could make a better lets c it

wozza 2011

what a film this is.better than bonded by blood and essex boyz which r adout the same gang

wozza 2011

what a film this is.better than bonded by blood and essex boyz which r adout the same gang

TerencedeMonteCristo

You can stand back and look at this film and pick out a hundred reasons why it should not work. For a start it can't really decide what - or who - it's about. The narrative seems thrown together, episodic bits linked by a who's that narrator, swerving from standard issue footy hoolie yarns to deep gangland buddy stories by way of a bit of Turkish mafia sadism. The dialogue is cartoonishly violent. And at the end, you're left wondering, why should I feel sorry for this violent b***ard crying about some other violent b***ards - if you live by the sword, etc. Yet it does stick in the mind. I've seen it twice - the second time, because I wanted to know why I kept thinking about it despite coming away the first time thinking it was probably drivel despite having gripped me throughout. It gripped me just as much the second time. More, in fact. It gets that Essex gangster culture, nails it, or seems to anyway, which is all that matters. Every horrible detail, from the ridiculous language to Tony Tucker's ghastly spray-on tan, is so horrible it has the indelible ring of truth. Each of the characters is brilliantly drawn and acted. The whole is so utterly sordid, and so full of a morbid vitality and humour, that it goes beyond self-parody and comes out the other side as a film I will always want to watch. It is, in the end, a lot braver than any of the usual British gangland films tailored to the usual middle-class voyeurism. Take no notice of Time Out, and watch the world according to Carlton Leach (I don't care if he's a fantasist or not) - it will tell you something uncomfortable truthful about the human lives that doen't fit our handy storybook categories.

TerencedeMonteCristo

You can stand back and look at this film and pick out a hundred reasons why it should not work. For a start it can't really decide what - or who - it's about. The narrative seems thrown together, episodic bits linked by a who's that narrator, swerving from standard issue footy hoolie yarns to deep gangland buddy stories by way of a bit of Turkish mafia sadism. The dialogue is cartoonishly violent. And at the end, you're left wondering, why should I feel sorry for this violent b***ard crying about some other violent b***ards - if you live by the sword, etc. Yet it does stick in the mind. I've seen it twice - the second time, because I wanted to know why I kept thinking about it despite coming away the first time thinking it was probably drivel despite having gripped me throughout. It gripped me just as much the second time. More, in fact. It gets that Essex gangster culture, nails it, or seems to anyway, which is all that matters. Every horrible detail, from the ridiculous language to Tony Tucker's ghastly spray-on tan, is so horrible it has the indelible ring of truth. Each of the characters is brilliantly drawn and acted. The whole is so utterly sordid, and so full of a morbid vitality and humour, that it goes beyond self-parody and comes out the other side as a film I will always want to watch. It is, in the end, a lot braver than any of the usual British gangland films tailored to the usual middle-class voyeurism. Take no notice of Time Out, and watch the world according to Carlton Leach (I don't care if he's a fantasist or not) - it will tell you something uncomfortable truthful about the human lives that doen't fit our handy storybook categories.

Bill

I loved the movie for what it was. I'd never heard of Carlton Leach so I wasn't judging the potential truths and/or untruths. It runs at a good pace, doesn't get bogged down in specific detail and is captivating.

Bill

I loved the movie for what it was. I'd never heard of Carlton Leach so I wasn't judging the potential truths and/or untruths. It runs at a good pace, doesn't get bogged down in specific detail and is captivating.

sean

as a piece of entertainment this is an enjoyable but at times gruesome film based on the true story of the essex boys.it is well acted with strong performances allround.carlton leach has taken a lot of the events in this film from bernard o'mahoneys story and claimed it as events that happened to him instead.leach is not what he tries to claim he is in this film.as they say,a liar is always found out in the end,which is exactly what carlton leach is.just read lots of the other reviews on this site that totaly discredit carlton leach or check out his books that are full of discrepencies and contradictions.leach is part of the fantasy gangster brigade.it will be interesting to see what carlton leaches reaction to the new film bonded by blood,in which terry stone plays the part of tony tucker(minus the comical wig)once again.hopefuly this new film will spare us the moronic antics of the inter city firm(who according to leach were on a par with the ira,oh yeah right!)and seeing as leach was not really involved with the essex boys,it is highly probable this will be the case,so therfor our intelligence wont be insulted.

sean

as a piece of entertainment this is an enjoyable but at times gruesome film based on the true story of the essex boys.it is well acted with strong performances allround.carlton leach has taken a lot of the events in this film from bernard o'mahoneys story and claimed it as events that happened to him instead.leach is not what he tries to claim he is in this film.as they say,a liar is always found out in the end,which is exactly what carlton leach is.just read lots of the other reviews on this site that totaly discredit carlton leach or check out his books that are full of discrepencies and contradictions.leach is part of the fantasy gangster brigade.it will be interesting to see what carlton leaches reaction to the new film bonded by blood,in which terry stone plays the part of tony tucker(minus the comical wig)once again.hopefuly this new film will spare us the moronic antics of the inter city firm(who according to leach were on a par with the ira,oh yeah right!)and seeing as leach was not really involved with the essex boys,it is highly probable this will be the case,so therfor our intelligence wont be insulted.

owen

i know a good few people on this site and this film has become a bit of a cult between us,but for reasons carlton leach would not like.as many have pointed out,mr leach is a bit of a fantasist to put it mildy,who is far from what he tries to make out he was to the essex underworld.his son is also a bit of a liar(a chip off the old block then!)and as for his mate dave courtney,well his using his wife to shift the blame on to her for having fake guns in his possesion says it all really,but then again mr courtney is a known police informant so no suprise there really.basically carlton leach is cashing in on the deaths of three deranged and deluded lowlifes with whom he had nowhere near as much to do with as he would like people to think.a more apt title for this film would have been 'the incredible bullshiting man'.sorry carlton but as your not very truthful film used countless times in its mockney dialogue,all i can say is YOU FAAACKIN CAAAAANT!

owen

i know a good few people on this site and this film has become a bit of a cult between us,but for reasons carlton leach would not like.as many have pointed out,mr leach is a bit of a fantasist to put it mildy,who is far from what he tries to make out he was to the essex underworld.his son is also a bit of a liar(a chip off the old block then!)and as for his mate dave courtney,well his using his wife to shift the blame on to her for having fake guns in his possesion says it all really,but then again mr courtney is a known police informant so no suprise there really.basically carlton leach is cashing in on the deaths of three deranged and deluded lowlifes with whom he had nowhere near as much to do with as he would like people to think.a more apt title for this film would have been 'the incredible bullshiting man'.sorry carlton but as your not very truthful film used countless times in its mockney dialogue,all i can say is YOU FAAACKIN CAAAAANT!

bob

i know a few people on this site who watched this film.aint it strange how no one was killed after 10million pounds worth of heroin went missing,but then again we all know how drug cartels are shit scared of doormen,especialy doormen who are football hooligans.what a load of bollocks.carlton leach was never an important figure in the essex underworld,he is full of shit!if anyone wants to know what a drugs war intails i suggest they look up the scandinavian biker war of the mid 1990s between the BANDIDOS and the HELLS ANGELS.In which there was 11 murders,37 attempted murders with the use of car bombs and anti tank rocket launchers plus hand grenades,plastic explosives and machine guns.a bit of a far cry from mr leaches bullshit story,but then again he is only an ex football hooligan turned doorman.i bet the BANDIDOS and the HELLS ANGELS would piss themselves laughing if they watched this shit!

bob

i know a few people on this site who watched this film.aint it strange how no one was killed after 10million pounds worth of heroin went missing,but then again we all know how drug cartels are shit scared of doormen,especialy doormen who are football hooligans.what a load of bollocks.carlton leach was never an important figure in the essex underworld,he is full of shit!if anyone wants to know what a drugs war intails i suggest they look up the scandinavian biker war of the mid 1990s between the BANDIDOS and the HELLS ANGELS.In which there was 11 murders,37 attempted murders with the use of car bombs and anti tank rocket launchers plus hand grenades,plastic explosives and machine guns.a bit of a far cry from mr leaches bullshit story,but then again he is only an ex football hooligan turned doorman.i bet the BANDIDOS and the HELLS ANGELS would piss themselves laughing if they watched this shit!

Savvas

This movie rules.It feels very real, dialogues are great, not the usual sweet Hollywood ones.Acting is really good, especially from Stone and Fairbrass.It is sometimes too gory,but hey it does try to be realistic, by showing the main character's true motivation which is to provide for their families.

Savvas

This movie rules.It feels very real, dialogues are great, not the usual sweet Hollywood ones.Acting is really good, especially from Stone and Fairbrass.It is sometimes too gory,but hey it does try to be realistic, by showing the main character's true motivation which is to provide for their families.

adrian

watched this film with with people who had already seen it.have to agree,great film but mr leach really is an outsider who was looking in.what next,the rise of the foot soldier2,in witch carlton gets pissed off with the taliban and their heroin trade so the british goverment and the CIA get carlton and the west ham inter city firm to sort things out as they are invincable. !well lets face it,its a more realistic idea than the rise of the bullshit merchant!good film but its a pity that carlton leach talks bollocks.at least he is making money out ofthese long since dead scumy arsewipes.

adrian

watched this film with with people who had already seen it.have to agree,great film but mr leach really is an outsider who was looking in.what next,the rise of the foot soldier2,in witch carlton gets pissed off with the taliban and their heroin trade so the british goverment and the CIA get carlton and the west ham inter city firm to sort things out as they are invincable. !well lets face it,its a more realistic idea than the rise of the bullshit merchant!good film but its a pity that carlton leach talks bollocks.at least he is making money out ofthese long since dead scumy arsewipes.

shanice

the film is very good as well as being well acted(its true some of it is unintentionaly funny).its just a pity carlton leach,though a hardman is a bit of a liar,to say the least!his tour with the police informent and well known bullshit clown dave courtney only confirms what a lot of poeple now know,that carlton leach is not what he tries be,an important former underworld figure.as other posts have stated,its a well made film about a load of unlikable lowlifes who all end up getting what they deserve.the film really does highlight what a load of scum these people really are.having said that,its hard to belive everything carlton leach says as is a bit of a bullshit merchant just like dave courtney.watch this film,it will show you just how low unlikable bullyboys will stoop,leaches 1st wife aside,all the other characters in it are rotten to the core.as others on this site have said,you dont feel any pity for them at all,truly evil people who wont be missed.

shanice

the film is very good as well as being well acted(its true some of it is unintentionaly funny).its just a pity carlton leach,though a hardman is a bit of a liar,to say the least!his tour with the police informent and well known bullshit clown dave courtney only confirms what a lot of poeple now know,that carlton leach is not what he tries be,an important former underworld figure.as other posts have stated,its a well made film about a load of unlikable lowlifes who all end up getting what they deserve.the film really does highlight what a load of scum these people really are.having said that,its hard to belive everything carlton leach says as is a bit of a bullshit merchant just like dave courtney.watch this film,it will show you just how low unlikable bullyboys will stoop,leaches 1st wife aside,all the other characters in it are rotten to the core.as others on this site have said,you dont feel any pity for them at all,truly evil people who wont be missed.

dave

there werea good few of us who watched this film together.as a film it is well made though it owes one hell of a lot to the directional style of martin scorsese.seeing as the films story has been well reviewed in earlier posts the only thing that needs to be said is that carlton leach is full of shit.so much that terry stone is to play tony tucker again in a new film about the rettendon triple murders(he played tucker in the rise of the bullshit soldier).leach is as much of a fraud as that other pantomime villian(ho ho)dave(the police informant)courtney.as a piece of entertainment it is a good film with a cast that can act,just like carlton leach can act as an underworld figure when in reality he made a police statement against a blackman who had damaged his car(even though leach and his boys had done him and his mate to a pulp.carlton leach is full of shit and dave courtney with whom leach is on tour wthhas a bloggs number(all police informants are only refered to as a bloggs number in court)this is all 100per cent fact)a good film but its the story seen through the eyes of a fantasist. the man is either full of shit.or he is just trying to make a name for himself over the deaths of three druggies who got what they deserved.you relly have to pity the people who thought leach was for real,like dave courtney leach is a fraud.this is all 100%fact!

dave

there werea good few of us who watched this film together.as a film it is well made though it owes one hell of a lot to the directional style of martin scorsese.seeing as the films story has been well reviewed in earlier posts the only thing that needs to be said is that carlton leach is full of shit.so much that terry stone is to play tony tucker again in a new film about the rettendon triple murders(he played tucker in the rise of the bullshit soldier).leach is as much of a fraud as that other pantomime villian(ho ho)dave(the police informant)courtney.as a piece of entertainment it is a good film with a cast that can act,just like carlton leach can act as an underworld figure when in reality he made a police statement against a blackman who had damaged his car(even though leach and his boys had done him and his mate to a pulp.carlton leach is full of shit and dave courtney with whom leach is on tour wthhas a bloggs number(all police informants are only refered to as a bloggs number in court)this is all 100per cent fact)a good film but its the story seen through the eyes of a fantasist. the man is either full of shit.or he is just trying to make a name for himself over the deaths of three druggies who got what they deserved.you relly have to pity the people who thought leach was for real,like dave courtney leach is a fraud.this is all 100%fact!

george

the rise of the foot soldier is a very well made film with strong performances from a good cast(tony tuckers amusing wig and carlton leach,s sudden change in appearence along with his silly inter city firm-IRA remark apart).this film shows what a total bunch of drugged up egotistical vain lot the so called essex boys were.you have carlton leach's narration of his story until pat tate,tony tucker and craig rolfe enter the story.from then on it is about them and all the evil things they got up to whilst being out of their minds on steroids and all manner of narcotics,such as dishing out torture and beatings to other criminals(one drug dealer gets injected with a lethal amount of drugs over a debt owed to tucker)to beating a waiter to a pulp and slicing up a pizza parlour manager up over a certain type of pizza one of their little tarts could'nt order because it was'nt on the menu.carlton leach is afootball hooligan who then becomes a club doorman as well as protecting drug deals with some torture of drug dealers who rip of other drug dealers.he also wants to go to war with the turkish mafia after they torture his friends over 10million pounds of heroin his friends were supposed to be keeping an eye on goes missing.the problem with carlton leach is you have to be very wary of what he says is true as he seems to twist and invent things to make himself look far more relevant to this story as has been well documented on other posts on this site.plus his none existant time spent in jail along with his sudden switch from main character to voice over storyteller for the latter part of this film seems to confirm that he was not as important to this story or the essex under world as he would like people to belive.after a drugs deal goes wrong set up by mickey steele(serving a disputed by many life sentence)involving a mainly useless quality large dope import from amsterdam,tate tucker and rolfe are lured to an isolated woody lane in rettendon where they get their heads and their guts blown off in the range rover they drove there in.there are three theories then put forward in the film.1st is that it was the police wanting to get rid of three unhinged drug dealers who had caused the death of teenagers through bad batches of exstacy(leah betts whos father was an ex cop,died after she took exstacy from tuckers club)the.2nd is that they had ripped off so many people in the essex underworld they were put a stop to by some feared underworld players,and the 3rd is that mickey steele had lured them there with a non existant cocaine smuggling deal that was about to go down in a day or two,where tate,tucker and rolfe would rob the cocaine.however mickey steele and an accomplice killed the three of them as pate tate had earlier threatend to kill mickey steele over the amsterdam dope deal.there are no characters you care for as not one of them are remotely likable.infact you just just end up feeling that they all deserve what they get.they all come across as selfish,moraless,untrustworthy,money orientated ego trips who dont care what or who they destroy in their quest for cash.very good acting all round(but the mockney talk is a little cringe worthy at times and it is true there are a few funny bits that are not meant to be).well worth watching as it shows these so called gezzers for the rotten excuses for human beings for what they really are.dont miss it.

george

the rise of the foot soldier is a very well made film with strong performances from a good cast(tony tuckers amusing wig and carlton leach,s sudden change in appearence along with his silly inter city firm-IRA remark apart).this film shows what a total bunch of drugged up egotistical vain lot the so called essex boys were.you have carlton leach's narration of his story until pat tate,tony tucker and craig rolfe enter the story.from then on it is about them and all the evil things they got up to whilst being out of their minds on steroids and all manner of narcotics,such as dishing out torture and beatings to other criminals(one drug dealer gets injected with a lethal amount of drugs over a debt owed to tucker)to beating a waiter to a pulp and slicing up a pizza parlour manager up over a certain type of pizza one of their little tarts could'nt order because it was'nt on the menu.carlton leach is afootball hooligan who then becomes a club doorman as well as protecting drug deals with some torture of drug dealers who rip of other drug dealers.he also wants to go to war with the turkish mafia after they torture his friends over 10million pounds of heroin his friends were supposed to be keeping an eye on goes missing.the problem with carlton leach is you have to be very wary of what he says is true as he seems to twist and invent things to make himself look far more relevant to this story as has been well documented on other posts on this site.plus his none existant time spent in jail along with his sudden switch from main character to voice over storyteller for the latter part of this film seems to confirm that he was not as important to this story or the essex under world as he would like people to belive.after a drugs deal goes wrong set up by mickey steele(serving a disputed by many life sentence)involving a mainly useless quality large dope import from amsterdam,tate tucker and rolfe are lured to an isolated woody lane in rettendon where they get their heads and their guts blown off in the range rover they drove there in.there are three theories then put forward in the film.1st is that it was the police wanting to get rid of three unhinged drug dealers who had caused the death of teenagers through bad batches of exstacy(leah betts whos father was an ex cop,died after she took exstacy from tuckers club)the.2nd is that they had ripped off so many people in the essex underworld they were put a stop to by some feared underworld players,and the 3rd is that mickey steele had lured them there with a non existant cocaine smuggling deal that was about to go down in a day or two,where tate,tucker and rolfe would rob the cocaine.however mickey steele and an accomplice killed the three of them as pate tate had earlier threatend to kill mickey steele over the amsterdam dope deal.there are no characters you care for as not one of them are remotely likable.infact you just just end up feeling that they all deserve what they get.they all come across as selfish,moraless,untrustworthy,money orientated ego trips who dont care what or who they destroy in their quest for cash.very good acting all round(but the mockney talk is a little cringe worthy at times and it is true there are a few funny bits that are not meant to be).well worth watching as it shows these so called gezzers for the rotten excuses for human beings for what they really are.dont miss it.

j carrington

The Average user rating says it all, Time out obviously shouldnt be doing film reviews if there captive audience all rate it a 5 and they rate it a 1, VERY STRANGE, obviously the reviewer just didnt get the movie, for me Craig Fairbrass in amazing in this film such a scary chracter, the film is brilliant and is a MUST WATCH

j carrington

The Average user rating says it all, Time out obviously shouldnt be doing film reviews if there captive audience all rate it a 5 and they rate it a 1, VERY STRANGE, obviously the reviewer just didnt get the movie, for me Craig Fairbrass in amazing in this film such a scary chracter, the film is brilliant and is a MUST WATCH

Markus

Alright I saw this movie at my sisters house, i was shocked by the brutality and excessiveness of the violence portrayed, however, the violence was literally like this (except for maybe the copious amounts of blood being spat during the hooligan scenes). My uncle lived in the U.K during the time of the holliganism and it was literally as violent as those events portrayed, and I quote him "there were running street battles involving hundreds of these assholes". great film, though probably bending the truth in Leach's involvement, I was thoroiughly entertained and will be showing it to many of my friends

Markus

Alright I saw this movie at my sisters house, i was shocked by the brutality and excessiveness of the violence portrayed, however, the violence was literally like this (except for maybe the copious amounts of blood being spat during the hooligan scenes). My uncle lived in the U.K during the time of the holliganism and it was literally as violent as those events portrayed, and I quote him "there were running street battles involving hundreds of these assholes". great film, though probably bending the truth in Leach's involvement, I was thoroiughly entertained and will be showing it to many of my friends

eddie

i watched this film with the last reviewer ritchie along with a few other guys and girls.all the characters start of unlikable and get progressively more despisable as the film goes on.there were afew unintentionable laugh out loud moments too,ie-carlton leach's claim that the inter city firm were being compared to the IRA by the media,then after he marries his 1st wife his physical shape and size change from tall and gangly to short and muscular(he must have fallen into a compresser)!the room was rocking with laughter when tony tucker and his wig made their appearence on screen.i checked carlton leach's book muscle in waterstones and on page 45 he does state he turned down an offer by bernard o'mahoney who had visiting passes to see reg kray because he didnt want to be on the kray bandwagon,and in the updated version of muscle renamed rise of the foot soldier it has been removed,instead on the last section of pictures is a message claiming to be from reg kray thanking carlton for all his support over the years.considering tht both books were published after reg kray was dead it is obvious carlton leach aint telling the truth.also on the same page(45)he also says he was at tony tuckers 40th birthday party,two weeks before tucker was murdered at hollywoods nightclub in romford,therefore stating another blatent untruth as tony tucker was 38 when he was killed.so its no wonder people aresceptical as to how much of an underworld figure carlton leach really was.anyway back to the film,its basicaly a load of unlikable steriodfreaks how are also out of there brains on every narcotic under the soon who go around torturing and robbing other drug dealers.and as for the rise of carlton leach he becomes a doorman and a torturer for drug dealers who cant go to the police when they are ripped off,so they use leach to nail people to the floor(another laugh out loud moment if you have seen monty pythons send up of the krays in a sketch called the pirhana brothers).when pat tate,tony tucker(and wig) and craig rolfe come into the film carlton leach just narrates for the most part about them.they are three dispicable steroid and narcotic addicts who carve up and beat everyone from fastfood waiters to other criminals,as well as ripping off everyone they seem to come into contact with until the three of them get blown to kingdomcome in a range rover in a country lane in rettendon.and you cant feel any pity for any of them or nearly anyone else in the film.and what with carlton leach's claims about wanting to go to war with the turkish mafia over them torturing his mates over 10million pounds worth of missing heroin,well why would the police need to do any undercover survalence work when all they have to do is read carltons book should they wish to reinvestigate any essex underworld figures.but then again this is a man who claims the intr city firm were regarded by the media as the biggest menace since the IRA.so they may just take him with a pinch of salt!

eddie

i watched this film with the last reviewer ritchie along with a few other guys and girls.all the characters start of unlikable and get progressively more despisable as the film goes on.there were afew unintentionable laugh out loud moments too,ie-carlton leach's claim that the inter city firm were being compared to the IRA by the media,then after he marries his 1st wife his physical shape and size change from tall and gangly to short and muscular(he must have fallen into a compresser)!the room was rocking with laughter when tony tucker and his wig made their appearence on screen.i checked carlton leach's book muscle in waterstones and on page 45 he does state he turned down an offer by bernard o'mahoney who had visiting passes to see reg kray because he didnt want to be on the kray bandwagon,and in the updated version of muscle renamed rise of the foot soldier it has been removed,instead on the last section of pictures is a message claiming to be from reg kray thanking carlton for all his support over the years.considering tht both books were published after reg kray was dead it is obvious carlton leach aint telling the truth.also on the same page(45)he also says he was at tony tuckers 40th birthday party,two weeks before tucker was murdered at hollywoods nightclub in romford,therefore stating another blatent untruth as tony tucker was 38 when he was killed.so its no wonder people aresceptical as to how much of an underworld figure carlton leach really was.anyway back to the film,its basicaly a load of unlikable steriodfreaks how are also out of there brains on every narcotic under the soon who go around torturing and robbing other drug dealers.and as for the rise of carlton leach he becomes a doorman and a torturer for drug dealers who cant go to the police when they are ripped off,so they use leach to nail people to the floor(another laugh out loud moment if you have seen monty pythons send up of the krays in a sketch called the pirhana brothers).when pat tate,tony tucker(and wig) and craig rolfe come into the film carlton leach just narrates for the most part about them.they are three dispicable steroid and narcotic addicts who carve up and beat everyone from fastfood waiters to other criminals,as well as ripping off everyone they seem to come into contact with until the three of them get blown to kingdomcome in a range rover in a country lane in rettendon.and you cant feel any pity for any of them or nearly anyone else in the film.and what with carlton leach's claims about wanting to go to war with the turkish mafia over them torturing his mates over 10million pounds worth of missing heroin,well why would the police need to do any undercover survalence work when all they have to do is read carltons book should they wish to reinvestigate any essex underworld figures.but then again this is a man who claims the intr city firm were regarded by the media as the biggest menace since the IRA.so they may just take him with a pinch of salt!

ritchie

rise of the foot soldiers direction style is a total rip off of casino and goodfellas by martin scorsese.its main character carlton leach is a football hooligan who says in the films narrative that the inter city firm were regarded by the media as the'biggest threat since the ira'.this got an unintentional burst of laughter from myself and those who were watching rise of the foot soldier with me.anyway he then rises to the dizzy heights of club doorman.after getting done over by millwalls hooligans he retires from the terraces.not exactly the john gotti or al capone story.then he wants to go to war with the turkish mafia after they torture his pals over 10million pounds of heroin the turkish mafia claim his pals took.if this is true it does not say much for carlton leach keeping secrets as he has announced to the whole world via this film and his book just what the turkish mafia are into.but of course thats only if it is true.and with some of the little porkies he has told about other thngs you cant but help being sceptical.then all of a sudden he takes a back seat for the rest of the film as three other men(tate,tucker and rolfe)dominate the rest of the film.these three achive the amazing feat of being even more unlikable than all the others characters in the film!after they all shovel drugs and steroids into their bodies and go around causing needless violence and ripping people of whilst dealing in drugs,these three charmers(tate,tucker and rolfe)get blown away which they bring on to themselves through their own greed and stupidity.thanks to these three and others of their ilk a few teenagers died through taking dangerous batches of ecstasy(leah betts died after taking ecstacy in tuckers club).we then get three different theories as to who killed these three unlikable drug dealers.at the end of the film you feel absolutley no sympathy for anyone.but the film is well worth watching as it is well acted with a good cast.i dont know if it was the directors intention or not,but this film shows these unlikable people for what they are,unlikable!oh and by the way some of the dialogue is unintentionaly funny mockney.

ritchie

rise of the foot soldiers direction style is a total rip off of casino and goodfellas by martin scorsese.its main character carlton leach is a football hooligan who says in the films narrative that the inter city firm were regarded by the media as the'biggest threat since the ira'.this got an unintentional burst of laughter from myself and those who were watching rise of the foot soldier with me.anyway he then rises to the dizzy heights of club doorman.after getting done over by millwalls hooligans he retires from the terraces.not exactly the john gotti or al capone story.then he wants to go to war with the turkish mafia after they torture his pals over 10million pounds of heroin the turkish mafia claim his pals took.if this is true it does not say much for carlton leach keeping secrets as he has announced to the whole world via this film and his book just what the turkish mafia are into.but of course thats only if it is true.and with some of the little porkies he has told about other thngs you cant but help being sceptical.then all of a sudden he takes a back seat for the rest of the film as three other men(tate,tucker and rolfe)dominate the rest of the film.these three achive the amazing feat of being even more unlikable than all the others characters in the film!after they all shovel drugs and steroids into their bodies and go around causing needless violence and ripping people of whilst dealing in drugs,these three charmers(tate,tucker and rolfe)get blown away which they bring on to themselves through their own greed and stupidity.thanks to these three and others of their ilk a few teenagers died through taking dangerous batches of ecstasy(leah betts died after taking ecstacy in tuckers club).we then get three different theories as to who killed these three unlikable drug dealers.at the end of the film you feel absolutley no sympathy for anyone.but the film is well worth watching as it is well acted with a good cast.i dont know if it was the directors intention or not,but this film shows these unlikable people for what they are,unlikable!oh and by the way some of the dialogue is unintentionaly funny mockney.

alex

this film is well acted even though some of the script is toe curlingly mockney.whilst it is an entertaining film it does not say much for the so called code of silence in the underworld.carlton leach has told his version of events in his book called muscleas well as in this film.so anyone from joe public to law enforcement agencies now know what a lot of people in the essex underworld got up to if mr leach is to be belived.FACT-carlton leach has never served a prison sentence.FACT-carlton leach has totaly changed his story in regards to not wanting to be a krays cronie to being a great help over the years to reg kray.FACT-carlton leach said he was at his close freind tony tuckers 40th birthday party when infact tony tucker was 38 when he was murdered.FACT-carlton leach has gone public to say the turkish mafia are involved in heroin distribution on a huge scale and that some of his firm were also involved too.as has already been stated on this site,the reason carlton leach becomes a bit player in the latter part of this film is because his actual story would not have made very good veiwing compared to the rettendon murders or the drug induced antics and needless mayhem that was tucker,tate and rolfe.FACT-carlton leach was a football hooligan.FACT-carlton leach was a doorman.FACT- carlton leach is a debt collector.FACT-carlton leach had to pay off the late lenny mclean to stop any hassle from the late hardman.FACT-carlton leach has never stood trial for anything that has made anyone,be it the public, the media or the underworld sit up and take interest.the rise of the footsoldier is well worth watching and yes carlton leach is a hardman but an important underworld figure?the facts seem to speake for themselves.still at least he has the brains to make a lot of money out of it for himself,even though he does seem to have artistic license when it comes to the real facts.good luck to him,he is only making money off the backs of alot of incredibley unlikable people who seem to have had no morals at all.as i said at the start of this post,so much for the underworld code of silence!

alex

this film is well acted even though some of the script is toe curlingly mockney.whilst it is an entertaining film it does not say much for the so called code of silence in the underworld.carlton leach has told his version of events in his book called muscleas well as in this film.so anyone from joe public to law enforcement agencies now know what a lot of people in the essex underworld got up to if mr leach is to be belived.FACT-carlton leach has never served a prison sentence.FACT-carlton leach has totaly changed his story in regards to not wanting to be a krays cronie to being a great help over the years to reg kray.FACT-carlton leach said he was at his close freind tony tuckers 40th birthday party when infact tony tucker was 38 when he was murdered.FACT-carlton leach has gone public to say the turkish mafia are involved in heroin distribution on a huge scale and that some of his firm were also involved too.as has already been stated on this site,the reason carlton leach becomes a bit player in the latter part of this film is because his actual story would not have made very good veiwing compared to the rettendon murders or the drug induced antics and needless mayhem that was tucker,tate and rolfe.FACT-carlton leach was a football hooligan.FACT-carlton leach was a doorman.FACT- carlton leach is a debt collector.FACT-carlton leach had to pay off the late lenny mclean to stop any hassle from the late hardman.FACT-carlton leach has never stood trial for anything that has made anyone,be it the public, the media or the underworld sit up and take interest.the rise of the footsoldier is well worth watching and yes carlton leach is a hardman but an important underworld figure?the facts seem to speake for themselves.still at least he has the brains to make a lot of money out of it for himself,even though he does seem to have artistic license when it comes to the real facts.good luck to him,he is only making money off the backs of alot of incredibley unlikable people who seem to have had no morals at all.as i said at the start of this post,so much for the underworld code of silence!

teresa

rise of the footsoldier is a very entertaining film and while there is no doubt that carlton leach was a football hooligan and a doorman with a reputation,he is dropped as a main character in the latter part of the film as he has never stood trial for anything of note nor has he ever been in prison.unfortunetly what has been stated in the reveiw by john(3posts before this one)is true in that carlton leach seems to 'SPIN A GOOD YARN'for cash.as much as it is a good film there is not one character in it(apart from leach's1st wife)for whom you can feel any kind of pity or sympathy for.its about a lot of people who deal in death and misery,ie narcotics,who were all responcable through there own greed for there own fates.what is so great about people who in the end are vain,untrustworthy,murderers who would rip anyone off whilst being unhinged on steroids and other narcotics.it is a good film but a more apt title may have been'NOT VERY BRIGHT NARCOTIC AND STEROID ABUSERS RIUN THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS THOSE AROUND THEM!

teresa

rise of the footsoldier is a very entertaining film and while there is no doubt that carlton leach was a football hooligan and a doorman with a reputation,he is dropped as a main character in the latter part of the film as he has never stood trial for anything of note nor has he ever been in prison.unfortunetly what has been stated in the reveiw by john(3posts before this one)is true in that carlton leach seems to 'SPIN A GOOD YARN'for cash.as much as it is a good film there is not one character in it(apart from leach's1st wife)for whom you can feel any kind of pity or sympathy for.its about a lot of people who deal in death and misery,ie narcotics,who were all responcable through there own greed for there own fates.what is so great about people who in the end are vain,untrustworthy,murderers who would rip anyone off whilst being unhinged on steroids and other narcotics.it is a good film but a more apt title may have been'NOT VERY BRIGHT NARCOTIC AND STEROID ABUSERS RIUN THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS THOSE AROUND THEM!

Simon

Top film, all the negative monkeys on this site obviously didn’t get it! I bet as soon as the film finished you all Googled Carlton Leach. Just shows it had some impact on you.

Simon

Top film, all the negative monkeys on this site obviously didn’t get it! I bet as soon as the film finished you all Googled Carlton Leach. Just shows it had some impact on you.

john

rise of the foot soldier is based on carlton leach's book muscle,in which leach states he was at tony tucker's 40th birthday party,yet all the archive material on the rettendon murders clearly state that tony tucker was 38 when he was killed.leach also states in his book muscle that he turned down an offer to visit reg kray in prison as he did not want to be part of the'oh yes ive been to see reggie kray'crowd.yet this has been removed from the revamped version of muscle(renamed rise of the foot soldier)and in the pictures sections of the revamped book is a supposedly written message from reg kray thanking him(carlton leach) for all his support over the years!leach also claims some of his 'firm'were falsely accussed and tortured by the turkish mafia over 10milliion pounds worth of heroin that went missing.if this is true why would he go public about it as the police would be down on him and his 'firm'like a ton of bricks.and i doubt that the turkish mafia would be too pleased with him telling the public that they (the turkish mafia)are involved in heroin smuggling on a massive scale scale.but then of course carlton leach has never served a prison sentence in his in his life.and as for his closeness to the three men murdered at rettendon in december 1995,it cant be confirmed just how close he was to them by the men as they are all long since dead.dont get me wrong as a film the rise of the foot soldier is a good film(even if some of the dialouge is mockney)but if you were a sceptic you might just think carlton leach is good at spinning yarns and making himself some nice cash with it.fair play to him,as they say theres one born every minute!

john

rise of the foot soldier is based on carlton leach's book muscle,in which leach states he was at tony tucker's 40th birthday party,yet all the archive material on the rettendon murders clearly state that tony tucker was 38 when he was killed.leach also states in his book muscle that he turned down an offer to visit reg kray in prison as he did not want to be part of the'oh yes ive been to see reggie kray'crowd.yet this has been removed from the revamped version of muscle(renamed rise of the foot soldier)and in the pictures sections of the revamped book is a supposedly written message from reg kray thanking him(carlton leach) for all his support over the years!leach also claims some of his 'firm'were falsely accussed and tortured by the turkish mafia over 10milliion pounds worth of heroin that went missing.if this is true why would he go public about it as the police would be down on him and his 'firm'like a ton of bricks.and i doubt that the turkish mafia would be too pleased with him telling the public that they (the turkish mafia)are involved in heroin smuggling on a massive scale scale.but then of course carlton leach has never served a prison sentence in his in his life.and as for his closeness to the three men murdered at rettendon in december 1995,it cant be confirmed just how close he was to them by the men as they are all long since dead.dont get me wrong as a film the rise of the foot soldier is a good film(even if some of the dialouge is mockney)but if you were a sceptic you might just think carlton leach is good at spinning yarns and making himself some nice cash with it.fair play to him,as they say theres one born every minute!

leviss

Easy watch ,, Typical gang land story in any uk city large town ,, thursday night watch with the lads , drinking, poker and a smoke ,, If this film is worth 5 stars then Fack elp us

leviss

Easy watch ,, Typical gang land story in any uk city large town ,, thursday night watch with the lads , drinking, poker and a smoke ,, If this film is worth 5 stars then Fack elp us

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