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Green Street Hooligans (2006)

Elijah Wood , Charlie Hunnam , Lexi Alexander  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani
  • Directors: Lexi Alexander
  • Writers: Lexi Alexander, Dougie Brimson, Joshua Shelov
  • Producers: Lexi Alexander, Gigi Pritzker, Deborah Del Prete, Donald Zuckerman, Jon Favreau
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBNG1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Green Street Hooligans" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Making of Hooligans"
  • Terence Jay "One Blood" music video

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After the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood could've opted for further big budget epics, but took a sharp left turn with this better-than-average B-movie. Released just after Everything is Illuminated, another offbeat entry, Wood plays journalism student Matt Buckner. In the prologue, he's expelled from Harvard when his over-privileged roommate sets him up to take the fall for his own misdeeds. With nowhere to go, Matt decides to visit his sister, Shannon (Claire Forlani), in London. He's already got a chip on his shoulder when he falls under the sway of Shannon's brother-in-law, Pete (Charlie Hunnam), head of West Ham's football "firm," the Green Street Elite. Matt soon gets caught up in their thuggish antics—to tragic effect. In her feature debut, German-born Lexi Alexander makes a mostly convincing case for the attractions of violence to the emotionally vulnerable, as opposed to the emotionally numb pugilists of the more satirical Fight Club. Unlike David Fincher (by way of Chuck Palahniuk), she plays it straight, except for the stylized fight sequences. Consequently, humor is in short supply, but the young Brit cast, especially Leo Gregory as the surly Bovver, is charismatic and Wood makes his character as believable as possible, i.e. he may seem miscast, but that's the point. Although there's no (direct) correlation between the two, Green Street makes a fine taster for Bill Buford's Among the Thugs, the ultimate dissection of the hooligan mentality. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

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

DVD Features:
Documentary:The Making of Hooligans
Music Video:"One Blood" Music Video by Terence Jay


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Yank Feels the Lure of Soccer Hooliganism. June 16, 2006
Format:DVD
"Green Street Hooligans" sets a family drama and coming-of-age tale in the world of football (soccer) hooliganism. Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) was a promising journalism student before he was expelled from Harvard University over his roommate's cocaine stash. Suddenly aimless, Matt wanders to London to visit his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani) and her British husband Steve (Marc Warren). When Matt tags along to a soccer game with Steve's brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam), he finds that there is a lot more to soccer culture than the game on the field. Pete is a member of a football firm or gang called the Green Street Elite (GSE). Firms are organizations of fanatic fans who battle other firms for reputation and dominance -by beating the crap out of each other. Matt is attracted to the high energy, danger, and physicality of the GSE and embraces the lifestyle. But eventually word gets around that he might be a journalist - and hooligans hate coppers and journalists.

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.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Of everything written about this small film starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam, the most interesting is to see the lukewarm reactions from the UK side, which found the film is too violent, and dismissed it as implausible. And it must be admitted that they are complaining with some good reasons.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An honest review from an English ex Hooligan October 10, 2012
By MadMike
Format:DVD
Green Street Hooligans in a nutshell is an Americanised somewhat overexagerated English story. Being from England, and a former football hooligan in my youth I saw many flaws in this movie that just confused me more than anything. Lets get one thing cleared up "the only thing worse than a yank around here is a journo". That annoyed me, it really got on my nerves, I don't know or have known a football hooligan that has an issue with Americans. Maybe a few have but it's not put about as a general idea, obviously journalists have infiltrated gangs here in the past and have caused a few issues but it's not a wide scale hatred that represents the majority of the culture. If I am completely honest the worst things going to Hooligans are the Germans and the Police, and slight more right wing hooligans have an issue with Muslims.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New England Yankee in King Football's Court
Hooliganism is defined as the unruly and destructive behavior of gangs....linked in the public mind with the game and support of football clubs [in America, it's known as... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gerald Masan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "brotherhood" movies I have ever seen!
I know we always teach people that violence should never be the answer, but in this case, it's the only answer. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and a powerhouse
I saw this movie for the first time on DVD and wondered why I had not heard of it before. It is a brutal story about humanity at its core. Very powerful. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jennifer Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Football not Soccer
This movie speaks about British Vs. American differences in sports
It further explains the hooligans and their fanatic contribution of their team using violence
Good... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Willem De Blank
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
lots of action! fun movie ! elijah wood was great in this movie! a good look a football in Europe!
Published 13 days ago by PAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed.
I've bought at least
10 copies of this movie; have given them as gifts, sent in care packages to iraq, & to replace ones StoleN from me. Fantastic movie. Read more
Published 29 days ago by bREnDa
5.0 out of 5 stars great story!!!
Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunam are fabulous in this action packed movie and for both men it was a different type roll that they carried out very convincingly.
Published 1 month ago by NanB
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
This is a great, funny, interesting movie. About football (American soccer) in England. Such a great movie. I recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Caitlin Donohue
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I dont know what more to say about this movie. Its great to own! At least have it in your CD case for the times you are craving a good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I ordered this one in the wrong format originally, so I had to order a second one. My son love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Samantha Rockey
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Ken Jones, ONly When I laugh.
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