Green Street Hooligans
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This is a story of loyalty, trust, and the sometimes brutal consequences of living close to the edge. Expelled unfairly from Harvard, American Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood "Everything is Illuminated," the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy) flees to England to his sister's home. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of British football hooliganism. Matt learns to stand his ground through a friendship that develops against the backdrop of this secret and often violent world. Also starring Claire Forlani ("Meet Joe Black," "Basquiat") and Charlie Hunnam ("Cold Mountain," "Nicholas Nickleby"). Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Lexi Alexander.]]>
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I couldn't say how accurately "Green Street Hooligans" represents the dynamics of football firms or the relationships of their members. But the film does provide a window into a subculture that is common in the UK and South America, where soccer reigns supreme, but which Americans may never have heard of. Contrary to the American cocept of gangsters, soccer hooligans are neither Mafioso nor errant youth. They are grown, middle-class men who function perfectly well in normal jobs. But outside of work and domestic obligations, they are completely lawless. They happily adopt a brutality that could leave them dead or maimed in the blink of an eye. "Green Street Hooligans" requires some suspension of disbelief to accept more mundane behavior.Read more ›
For the film is really violent, and Elijah Wood may be the least plausible choice for making a film about the hooligans, almost fanatic supporters of football team in England. Elijah Wood plays Matt, a Harvard college undergraduate student wrongly expelled because of his irresponsible roommate. Matt flies to the home of his married sister (Clair Forlani), and there meets his brother-in-law Pete (Charlie Hannam), devoted leader of the Green Street Elite, bunch of the hooligans supporting West Ham United.
The set-up part is contrived, but you should wait a while. Soon the film's story leads us to its gist, about how Matt (estranged from his father now in Kabul) finds his new existence in this underworld of the `Firm' and its hooliganism. The film does not fail to show the complexity of the characters. The members of the `Firm' have jobs to do when there is not a game (believe me nor not, one of them is an airplane pilot by profession), and not exactly bad guys at all, but when it comes to football games and the rivalry between the Firms, they turn fierce and unstoppable street fighters who have their own rules to follow. You cannot say the script is an in-depth study of hooligans, but still good enough to make us care its characters.
Besides its violent scenes, the criticism we hear against `Green Street Hooligans' is about its cast, Elijah Wood in particular. Yes, the star of blockbuster hit `Lord of the Rings.' Throughout `GSH' Elijah Wood never looks like a hooligan.Read more ›
This film really creates an anti-american vibe amongst the hooligans which in real life just dosen't exist, in reality like mentioned before English hooligans concentrate there dislike mainly on the Germans, with other rivalries with Italians, Turks, French, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish and Irish. The widescale fight near the O2 arena (Millenium dome) near the end is largley unrealistic, as was the depicted deserted train station at Macclesfield (Manchester scene) which depicts as a deserted abandoned station when in theory its a busy Town station. I was impressed with the clothing, the researches have it spot on as the hools like in the film really do wear Stone Island, Armani, Fred Perry, Henri Lloyd, Prada, Burberry, Aquascutum, CP Company and so forth. Pete Dunham's accent is shocking but I like the character, it was a big ask to cast an actor from Newcastle (thick geordie northern accent) and ask him to speak with a strong southern cockney accent.Read more ›
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A wonderful modern day movie that puts together American and British culture. A young man, Matt, is expelled from Harvard where he studies journalism. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Eugenia
This is a must-buy if you're a soccer fan, enjoy bar room brawls, or are a serious indie film collector.Published 13 days ago by Subzeroimpact
Great movie. These were bought as gifts, but I got around to watching it. I may end up buying a copy for myself.Published 2 months ago by Integra
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Ken Jones, ONly When I laugh.
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