The Football Factory

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"What Else You Gonna Do On A Saturday?"
  • R
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.7  (32,331)

The Football Factory is a 2004 British film that explores the darker side of football fan culture in London. The film follows the life of Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer), a 30-year-old warehouse worker who spends his weekends drinking, fighting and watching his beloved Chelsea Football Club play on the field. Tommy is a member of the Chelsea Headhunters, a notorious football hooligan gang that is known for their violent clashes with rival fan clubs. Together with his childhood friend Billy Bright (Frank Harper), Tommy spends his time searching for new opponents and preparing for upcoming clashes.

Tamer Hassan plays the role of Millwall Ricky, the leader of a rival gang, and Tommy's sworn enemy. The two are constantly at odds, and their animosity drives much of the film's tension.

As the story unfolds, we see the effects of Tommy's lifestyle on his relationships with his girlfriend and family. We also witness the consequences of his actions, both on and off the football field. Ultimately, the film examines the consequences of this violent subculture, and the toll it takes on the individuals who participate in it.

The Football Factory was directed by Nick Love, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by John King. The film is shot in a gritty, realistic style that captures the intensity of the football hooligan subculture. The cast delivers strong performances, particularly Danny Dyer, who is convincing as the conflicted and troubled Tommy.

The Football Factory received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its grittiness and authenticity, while others criticized its glorification of violence. However, it remains a cult classic among fans of British football culture and is widely regarded as one of the defining films of the genre.

Overall, The Football Factory is a compelling and disturbing exploration of the violent world of football hooliganism. The film is not for the faint of heart, but for those interested in the intersection of sports and culture, it is a must-see.

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Description
  • Release Date
    2004
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 31 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (32,331)