Green Street Hooligans

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Overview

An American abroad is introduced to the heady but dangerous pleasures of violence in this powerful drama from Great Britain. Matt Buckner Elijah Wood is a journalism student from America who is expelled from college when his roommate sets him to take the fall after drugs are found in their dorm room. Needing time to sort out what his next move should be, Matt travels to London to visit his sister Shannon Claire Forlani, who has married British Steve Dunham Marc Warren. As it happens, Matt arrives at a less than ...
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Overview

An American abroad is introduced to the heady but dangerous pleasures of violence in this powerful drama from Great Britain. Matt Buckner Elijah Wood is a journalism student from America who is expelled from college when his roommate sets him to take the fall after drugs are found in their dorm room. Needing time to sort out what his next move should be, Matt travels to London to visit his sister Shannon Claire Forlani, who has married British Steve Dunham Marc Warren. As it happens, Matt arrives at a less than opportune moment, and he ends up spending his first evening in the U.K. with Steve's brother Pete Charlie Hunnam. Pete hangs out with a "firm" of friends who call themselves "the Green Street Elite" and are passionate fans of the West Ham United football club Matt quickly discovers calling British football "soccer" is an easy way to get your teeth knocked out. Pete has little use for Matt until the Green Street Elite get into a dust-up with another firm; Matt turns out to be a fierce if inexperienced fighter, and discovers he enjoys the kick of street brawling. Matt is cautiously accepted by Pete and the other members of the firm, and is soon absorbed into the very British world of violent football fandom. But when Pete and his friends learn that Matt studied journalism, they begin to suspect he's a reporter doing an undercover piece on hooliganism, and they set out to teach him an ugly lesson about loyalty. The debut feature film from British director Lexi Alexander, Green Street Hooligans initially shown simply as Hooligans was the first film ever to win both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

The Making of Hooligans; Terence Jay "One Blood" music video; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • UPC: 012569760295
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,581

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Matt Buckner
Charlie Hunnam Pete Dunham
Claire Forlani Shannon Dunham
Marc Warren Steve Dunham
Leo Gregory Bovver
Henry Goodman Carl Buckner
Geoff Bell Tommy Hatcher
Rafe Spall Swill
Kieran Bew Ike
Ross McCall Dave
Francis Pope Ned
Christopher Hehir Keith
Terence Jay VanHolden, Jeremy
Technical Credits
Lexi Alexander Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Bill Allen Executive Producer
Patrick Aluise Executive Producer
Jon S. Baird Associate Producer
Dougie Brimson Screenwriter
Tom Brown Production Designer
Alexander Buono Cinematographer
Mark Egerton Asst. Director
Ricky Eyres Art Director
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Les Honess Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah del Prete Producer
Gigi Pritzker Producer
Paul Schiff Executive Producer
Josh Shelov Screenwriter
Paul Trejo Editor
Donald Zuckman Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Green Street Hooligans
1. Underground Clash [2:32]
2. Harvard to London (Credits) [5:49]
3. Two Younger Brothers [6:09]
4. You Might Learn Something [3:18]
5. Blowing Bubbles [5:53]
6. Working the Crowd [4:28]
7. Stand Your Ground [5:14]
8. Firm History [3:23]
9. Messing Things Up [4:05]
10. How Americans Bruise [3:56]
11. Bovver Causes a Bother [4:16]
12. Train Ride to a Trap [4:51]
13. Sneak Attack [3:47]
14. Guest Appearance [2:05]
15. The Draw [3:35]
16. Undercover Journer? [4:58]
17. Steve's Old Life [3:00]
18. Put Right in It [4:43]
19. Die and We're Even [3:32]
20. Shannon's Decision [4:50]
21. Outsiders [3:24]
22. Gathering Forces [4:14]
23. War on the Wharf [3:24]
24. From Rage to Tragedy [3:49]
25. Ticket Back [3:54]
26. End Credits [5:11]
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Disc #1 -- Green Street Hooligans
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   Special Features
      The Making of Hooligans
      Music Video: "One Blood" by Terence Jay
   Languages
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    F*cking Fantastic movie. Edge of the seat the whole time.

    When I first browsed by this movie i wasn't to sure about picking it up. I've never really been much of an Elijah Wood fan so I was a little etchy about renting it. But I am extremely glad that I did. This movie is above all the most fantastic movie I have watched in quite some time. This movie has a really fantastic plot along with all the tidbit's of action and violence thrown in with it. I was immensely drawn into the characters and the setting. This movie is a must see for anyone wanting to see a great movie. Obviously not a family movie in any way, but is a great for most people wanting to escape into a world that is gritty and exciting. A true must own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    favorite movie

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!! Charlie Hunnam plays a very convincing role and this definitely shows how passionate people get about football in Europe! The plot keeps you on edge throughout the movie, and it isn't one of those "action" movies that contain more romance than action. MUST WATCH!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A High Tension Tale Examining the Extent of Human Violence

    GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS is much easier on the psyche to watch in the home DVD version than in the theater release. It is a story so packed with violence that the underlying subplots get lost until the film is reduced to the size of a television screen. Lexi Alexander wrote (with Dougie Brimson and Joshua Shelov) and directed this tense story about the strange cults ('firms') of grown men who align with the various soccer/football teams in London, accompanying the games with intense fighting in the manner of 'hooliganism'. The story is well told by introducing a Yank into this atmosphere, allowing the viewer to see the origins and machinations of hooliganism from a fairly unbiased stance. Matt Buckner (Elijah Wood) has just been expelled form Harvard in his last semester, taking the blame for his coke-snorting hotshot roommate whose family is too important for such blunderings. Somewhat without direction and not having his degree in journalism completed (Matt's father - Henry Goodman - is a high ranking international journalist whose time is spent in foreign ports since the death of Matt's mother) Matt flies to London to live with his sister Shannon (Claire Forlani) and her husband Steve (Marc Warren) and their young son. Steve's rowdy brother Pete (Charlie Hunnam) interrupts Matt's arrival with a demand for money from his older brother and reluctantly accepts the company of the new Yank Matt in order to gain cash from Steve. What ensues is Matt's introduction to the GSE (Green Street Elite), a firm of men who defend the honor and success of their chosen soccer team: there are many such firms of street violence gangs who vie for ranking within the city. Matt is plunged into this violent situation and learns form Pete the importance of gang stance: always protect your brothers and never flee a fight. The story grows increasingly complex and intense as we learn the backgrounds for hate and intolerance, one of these hates is for journalists and when it is discovered that Matt was a journalism major at Harvard the news nearly causes Matt's life. But Matt slowly identifies with the firm and grows into a sense of individuality that he has never had, giving him the ability to face the realities of his father's absence and to understand the precarious marriage of his sister whose husband is a 'reformed' hooligan. In the end there is a 'justification' for the violence witnessed, but the audience must be willing to view that justification from an altered stance. The film is paced well and the cast is excellent, with special kudos to Elijah Wood, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, Charley Hunnan, and to the fine supporting cast members including Leo Gregory as the unfortunate snitch, Terence Jay as the coke-addicted Harvard roommate, and a large cast of 'firm members' whose fighting techniques are well choreographed and captured by cinematographer Alexander Buono. Like THE FIGHT CLUB this film is not for all audiences, but the messages underneath all of the violence are well worth thought. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie absolutely rocked. It has an amazing story that instantly gets you interested. I rented this one day by pure luck and it has been one that I have recommended highly to friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inside look into England's dark side of sports

    Green Street Hooligans gives you an inside look into the untalked about world of hooliganism. For those who have yet to hear of this brutal world, this is a great look into this counter culture of Englands youth. It is a great movie with an even better morale, and one that all should see. Especialy all football fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great movie.

    After you see this movie you will truly love it. A great story with a positive message that wraps it all up. The movie also shows how strong relationships can be, and at the same time how frail they can become. See it, you won't be dissapointed.

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