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RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Ricci Harnett, Craig Fairbrass, Roland Manookian, Frank Harper, Terry Stone, Billy Murray, Neil Maskell, Ian Virgo, Dave Legeno, Lara Belmont, Emily Beecham, Nicola Paige, Patrick Regis, Toby Richards, Mark Killeen, Dhaffer L'Abidine, Georgie Lee-Robinson, Kieran Bew, Brendan Carr, Jack Daly, Steve Daly, Jennifer Evans, Jimmy Flint, Eden Ford, George Calil, Kierston Wareing, Jason Maza
Director: Julian Gilbey
UK: 119 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong bloody violence, hard drug use and very strong language
UK Release Date: 7 September 2007
RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late
eighties and early nineties.
It is three decades of his life following him from football hooliganism, through to his burgeoning career as a bouncer, his involvement in the criminal aspects of the early 'rave' scene and subsequently to his rise to power as one of the most feared and
respected criminals in the country.
The story concludes with three members of his firm being brutally murdered in the infamous shot-gun slaying at Rettenden.