|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Nonso Anozie, Nathalie Press, Leo Gregory, Gavin Brocker, Tamer Hassan, Ralph Ineson, Paul Kaye, Linda Bassett, Bronson Webb, Robbie Gee|
|Director:||Jon S. Baird|
|Genre:||Drama - General|
|Collections:||Gangs & Cartels, HD Drama, HD Dramatic Movies|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Dec 2008|
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Chains trains and automobiles...By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 14 Aug 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]For anyone growing up in the 70's and 80's football headlines revolved around violence and gang war, rather than Beckhams new hairstyle. It is burned into anyones memory the battles that took place every Saturday, and English teams being banned from international competition. As is said in the film if you asked anyone overseas about Britain, football violence was a very close second in the psyche of what Britain was about than the Queen herself was . The ICF (Intercity firm - name based on the modes of transport - rail - and vans used to get to away games to meet their foes) had a fearsome and growing reputation, one group of the ICF was headed by Cass Pennant, who stumbled upon violence as his way of gaining respect during a difficult childhood in a ridiculously racist country. This is the story of a general turned gentle by family values and just plain old growing up, and is one of the best films of its time, easily equalling Quadrophenias view of England as a biopic. A remarkable and brilliantly played fact based drama that completely epitomises its subject matter and the fallout that can happen when violence was a way of life. Superb definately worth a watch, I will now buy the books too.
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Spectacular ActingBy a customer , 25 Dec 2012...and an amazing storyline. I never understood the whole football holigian culture, why and when it started. My parents tried and failed at explaining it to me and for me this was the best way for me to understand and, Cass is a role model. Especially for working class people like myself and others who are involved in crime who think there is no way out. Everyone can change if they want to. Brilliant film!
Something to watch when there's nothing else onBy Tinglebell (5 reviews) , 10 Sep 2012This is definitely a film to watch when there's nothing else on or with a hangover as it requires no thinking. The acting's pretty lame but the story is ok.
Brings it all back !By OldBot (50 reviews) from Witney , 17 Aug 2012This was a brilliant film. It brought back all the bad things about football back then. No intention of ever watching a match entered their minds ! Scenes were harrowing, but true - this was an awful time.
I can see why he fell into that life, but does make you feel it was a complete waste. How we treated people who were different back then - was disgusting.
Did his inner strength or the love of a good woman eventually lift him above such a life. I'd like to think it was a bit of both. He did it though - and that is the thing.
Awesome Movie!!By a customer , 03 Jul 2012great film and very heart-warming story also brilliant actors. It just goes to show football life in the 70's and 80's
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Premier league, not Sunday league.By a customer , 01 Jul 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideHaving watched Rise of The Foot Soldier and Cass within a couple of days of each other (I have also seen Football Factory), Cass is not your run of the mill football hooliganism film.
Cass is much more character driven film, the lead casting and ensemble acting is of a much higher standard than the other films of this genre I have seen.
There are of course scenes of gang football violence but they are just used as an opening set up and back drop of the film and not relied upon to carry the film itself.
This film is worth a viewing even if you are not fond of the genre as the story of the man is a much more interesting one than the setting.