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Green Street Hooligans

A movie directed by Lexi Alexander

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Bloody eh!...This is one heck of a film.

  • Aug 1, 2006
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This is one strong and compelling film that's probably been hidden from a lot of viewers and lucky enough I wasn't one of them. I also thought it was very interesting to learn about the organization of "The Firms," I never knew such a thing existed either. Before I seen this film I thought of Hooliganism as a bunch of young drunken idiots, who like to pick fights, etc...... but that clearly wasn't the case. As an American, I struggled a bit with the heavy British accents but I pick up on it really fast and this shouldn't be any reason for the film to be held back especially what it entails.

Elijah Wood, as Matt, plays a "Yank" in London and gets sucked into a kind of friendship that you just do not walk into lightly. He plays the off centered role very well and is clearly a departure in character that begs Hollywood planning in not playing the nice guy after all that the public knows him for, namely "Lord of the Rings." (Also seen in departure from this role in "Sin City," where he shows his mettle). Elijah has done this role very well at standing back and letting the story unfold around him, and not trying to take the spotlight. The cast is neatly assembled from well known, and not so well known, British actors and most give a five star performance. Claire Forlani's emotional performance rang very true. Leo Gregory was excellent, managing to make me loathe him, and then breaking my heart all in one film! Charlie Hunnam was good, but in that naturalistic way that makes it look as though no actual acting is going on! The fight scenes, while clearly disturbing, did not bother me so much. There is a lot of violence, mostly out of shot and stylized into fast motion photography, but it works well in making you try to hide and, at the same time, face up to the supposed life of part of UK football society.

Some have said that they found the end scene in which Matt confronts his college roommate to be gratuitous, but I did not. Matt was demonstrating the he was not to be messed with, while stopping short of physical harm, and it wrapped up the movie's theme nicely for me. This film is worth seeing.

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review by . October 18, 2009
Pros: An exciting and engaging film...     Cons: ...a bit predictable, miscasting.     The Bottom Line: Green Street Hooligans is a good movie.  If violence bothers you, you might want to pass; otherwise, sit down and enjoy an interesting and engaging film.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. It's sometimes easy to forget just how vast the cultural differences are between America and Europe.  …
Quick Tip by . September 30, 2009
"Stop Calling It Bloody Soccer!! It's Football Day lets have some fun!!" Great movie, in my top 10!
review by . August 12, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS is much easier on the psyche to watch in the home DVD version than in the theater release. It is a story so packed with violence that the underlying subplots get lost until the film is reduced to the size of a television screen. Lexi Alexander wrote (with Dougie Brimson and Joshua Shelov) and directed this tense story about the strange cults ('firms') of grown men who align with the various soccer/football teams in London, accompanying the games with intense fighting in the …
review by . July 17, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Violence, if it is your thing.      Cons: Violence, if it isn't your thing.      The Bottom Line: Watch Fight Club; watch A Clockwork Orange, Both are much better and at least original.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals everything about the movie''s plot.      Green Street Hooligans has all of the worst parts of Fight Club without any of its dark humor and clever insights into the mind of a man …
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GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS: In 1988, British director Alan Clarke set a high benchmark for movies about soccer hooliganism with a brutal, unflinching drama called THE FIRM. Few dared follow in Clarke's estimable footsteps. But filmmaker Lexi Alexander, who joined a gang of soccer thugs during her childhood in Germany, seems well placed to be the director of GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS, which returns to the controversial subject matter some 17 years after Clarke's film. Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) is a student who travels to London after getting kicked out of Harvard. Ostensibly there to visit his sister, Matt instead forms an unlikely bond with her husband's brother, Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam), who takes him to a soccer match to see his team, West Ham. At the game, the inevitable happens, and Matt's initial trepidation at the violence swelling around him soon turns into a pulse-racing, visceral thrill. Suddenly finding a taste for the hooligan life, Matt joins Pete's "firm," the Green Street Elite, leading to fu...
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Director: Lexi Alexander
Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 9, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 46min
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