Green Street Hooligans

September 9th, 2005

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Green Street Hooligans

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

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.5/10 (54,630 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Lexi Alexander

Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani

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...

Writers: Lexi Alexander, Dougie Brimson

Elijah Wood - Matt Buckner
Charlie Hunnam - Pete Dunham
David Alexander - Nigel
Oliver Allison - Ben Dunham
James Allison - Ben Dunham
Geoff Bell - Tommy Hatcher
Joel Beckett - Terry
Kieran Bew - Ike
David Carr - Clive
Andrew Blair - Announcer
Brendan Charleson - John Morris
Scott Christie - Millwall Lad / Ricky
Alec Dalman - Security Guard
Claire Forlani - Shannon Dunham
Jacob Gaffney - Todd

Taglines: Just think of someone you hate.


Official Website: DeeGee Entertainment [United States] | Metropolitan Films [France] |

Release Date: 9 September 2005

Filming Locations: Bank Underground Station, London, England, UK

Opening Weekend: $48,760 (USA) (11 September 2005) (7 Screens)

Gross: $344,095 (USA) (20 November 2005)

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Did You Know?

West Ham were approached by the film-makers who wanted to shoot scenes at their Upton Park ground. As they were under the impression that the film was celebrating the glorious game and its fanatical supporters, they agreed. Once they realized the film's true take on the subject (after filming had taken place), they disassociated themselves from the project.

Factual errors: Actual trains departing London to Manchester leave from Euston Station, not Kings Cross or Paddington.

[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?

User Review

HOOLIGANS is the best of this genre so far


First of all there hasn't been a good film about English Football Hooliganism. Both ID in 1995 and last years FOOTBALL FACTORY either failed to convince or just went down the familiar exploitative road of glamorising the buzz and thrill of violence.

HOOLIGANS as the title suggests depicts what these aforementioned films centre upon with the added value of having a story and characters you care about. There's no avoiding the cliché's as the ranks of these organised gang members are portrayed as gangsters.

Similar to BBC's Gary Oldman drama THE FIRM broadcast in 1986 it also show the characters as normal members of society, family men with respectable jobs. FOOTBALL FACTORY took the extreme and unconvincing scenario that these weekend animals are florist's during the week which might be amusing but the subject matter of organised territorial football hooliganism needs to be given a serious look at.

Fortunately HOOLIGANS portrays this more realistically, sure there's the stereo types in designer clothes (The Chavs) as we call them now where loyalty, respect, revenge, dignity and pride are what they live for, not the enjoyment of the actual sport. This simply acts as the excuse to fight in a traditional gang warfare environment. The prospect of West Ham's cup tie with Millwall brings joy to the faces of both sets of fans.

Casting Elijah Wood is a bold move, he looks like a Choirboy but this adds to the films main storyline of innocence corrupted. The acting is better than average, despite letting his cockney accent slip on occasions, Gang leader Charlie Hunnam shows a genuine mix of anger, aggression and compassion which holds the film together.

This won't win awards but it's refreshing to see a film finally tackling the subject matter that unfortunately has been a shameful factor of Britain's attitude towards football as we are constantly under threat of being disqualified from International tournaments due to the bad behaviour of soccer hooligans.

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