Rise of the Footsoldier
|Rise of the Footsoldier|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Julian Gilbey|
|Distributed by||Optimum Releasing|
Rise of the Footsoldier is a British crime film released on 7 September 2007. The third production from BAFTA Award-nominated director Julian Gilbey, it is based on the true story of the 1995 Rettendon murders and the autobiography of Carlton Leach, a football hooligan of the infamous Inter City Firm (ICF) who became a powerful figure of the English underworld.
- Ricci Harnett as Carlton Leach — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier: Part II
- Craig Fairbrass as Pat Tate — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Roland Manookian as Craig Rolfe — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Terry Stone as Tony Tucker — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Billy Murray as Mickey Steele — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Ian Virgo as Jimmy Gerenuk — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Kierston Wareing/Laura McMonagle as Kate Carter — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
- Frank Harper/Stephen Marcus as Jack Whomes — Rise of the Footsoldier and Rise of the Footsoldier 3
Rise of the Footsoldier
- Coralie Rose as Denny
- Neil Maskell as Darren Nicholls
- Patrick Regis as Eddie
- Lara Belmont as Karen
- Emily Beecham as Kelly
- Jason Maza as Rob
- Mark Killeen as Terry
- Dave Legeno as Big John
- Dhaffer L'Abidine as Emre Baran
- Mitchell Lewis as Kemal Baran
- Jay Taylor as Chris Wightman
- Eden Ford as Paul
- George Calil as Police Killer
- Phillip Weddell as Young Carlton
Rise of the Footsoldier Part II: Reign of the General
- Steven Berkoff as Dr. Flint
- Luke Mably as Shawn
- Jonathan Harden as Dave
- Slaine Kelly as Lucy
- Tygo Gernandt as Lars
- Nabil Elouahabi as Demirkan
- Daniel Adegboyega as Steve
- Peter Benedict as Geoff King
- Ryan Oliva as Kenny Davis
- Chris Brazier as Matthew Taylor
- Lockhart Ogilvie as Afanas
Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story
Evaluation in film guides
TimeOut Film Guide (2011 edition) reviewer David Jenkinson describes Rise of the Footsoldier as "a repugnant gangland romp in which ruffians get tooled up with axe handles, baseball bats and Stanley knives then knock ten bells out of each other for two hours." After a one-sentence overview, the review concludes that "Leach is then unceremoniously swept aside as the film hastily attempts to give the Rettendon Range Rover murders a once-over in the scrappy second half."
In America, Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever also disliked it, throwing the film one bone (out of possible four) and dismissing it as "Brit crime flick, based on a true story, that has nothing going for it but violence". Indicating that "Carlton Leach goes from football hooligan in the 1980s to criminal muscle and gangster in the 1990s", the write-up ends with mention of "three murdered drug dealers who were found in rural Essex".
- Leach, Carlton (2003). Muscle. Blake Publishing. ISBN 978-1-904034-48-3
- Chambers, Catherine (2 September 2007). "Rise of the Footsoldier". BBC Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Gritten, David (7 September 2007). "Rise of the Footsoldier". Telegraph Online. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
- Rise of the Footsoldier: Part 2 IMDB Page, Retrieved March 16 2016.