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Green Street Hooligans (2005)



Critic Consensus: When it comes to the subculture of soccer thugs, Green Street Hooligans lacks sufficient insight, and instead comes off as a Fight Club knock-off.

Movie Info

After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of British football hooliganism. Matt learns to stand his ground through a friendship that develops against the backdrop of this secret and often violent world. 'Green Street Hooligans' is a story of loyalty, trust and the sometimes brutal consequences of living close to the edge.more
Rating: R (for brutal violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dougie Brimson, Josh Shelov, Lexi Alexander
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 13, 2006
Box Office: $0.1M
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site


Elijah Wood
as Matt Buckner
Charlie Hunnam
as Pete Dunham
Claire Forlani
as Shannon Dunham
Marc Warren
as Steve Dunham
Geoff Bell
as Tommy Hatcher
Henry Goodman
as Carl Buckner
Terence Jay
as Jeremy Van Holden
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Critic Reviews for Green Street Hooligans

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (25)

It swims and sinks in melodrama.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

There's a good movie to be made about the violent world of British soccer, or football, as it's called on the other side of the pond. This isn't it.

October 21, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The script is a jumble of caricatures and cliches.

October 14, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Soccer needs this movie like Georgia needed Deliverance.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's what you thought Fight Club was going to be, before it went in a whole other (and far more interesting) direction.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Pic amply demonstrates that Alexander -- director of Johnny Flynton, 2003 Oscar nominee for dramatic short -- has the chops to bring a fresh take to onscreen rough stuff.

Full Review… | October 11, 2005
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Green Street Hooligans


Along the same kinda lines as 'The Football Factory' but nowhere near as gritty and in your face, this film suffers from a slight case of Hollywood glitz.

Not just because Elijah Wood is in it, that is one reason of course, but the violence just seems more coordinated and setup, whilst the many British actors in the film all have rather hokey cockney accents which seem rather forced, some not all.

The film centres around West Ham United Firm 'GSE: Green Street Elite' although the real firm is called 'ICF: Inner City Firm' and follows the guys around as they go to matches and plan on fights with rival firms. Nothing much different from other 'firm' flicks but the added plot of Yankee Wood who slowly fits in against his UK based sisters wishes and grows to enjoy the lifestyle.

No one really that well known in the film accept Wood who is TOTALLY out of place in this type of flick but I guess that's the idea right. Only thing is you simply can't see Wood ever getting tough enough to do what he does in the film, never in a month of Sundays.

Good entertainment but using allot of artistic license and second best to 'The Football Factory' and 'The Firm'...if your into these types of films.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Superb acting and very emotional drama. You immediately get sucked into the story. Additionally, it also has great pacing and a highly intriguing storyline. Final rating: a weak "4" from me.

Mike S

Super Reviewer


Green Street Hooligans is one of those rare films where we get are glad we watched it and is probably Elijah Woods best performance (besides LOTR).

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Green Street Hooligans Quotes

Pete Dunham: Mate, I'm smart as fuck.
– Submitted by Mike S (2 years ago)
Pete Dunham: And for fuck's sake, stop sayin' soccer.
– Submitted by Remigijus ' (3 years ago)
Matt Buckner: I was studying history.
Pete Dunham: I teach history!
Matt Buckner: You teach?
Pete Dunham: Yes, cheeky slag.
– Submitted by Chanae H (3 years ago)
Steve Dunham: There's more to life than all this.
– Submitted by Stephanie W (3 years ago)

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