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Rise of the Footsoldier 3: the Pat Tate Story

By Newguy


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Fast Sell:

An all-out bare knuckle prequel to the iconic Brit crime thriller Rise Of The Footsoldier. Starring the original loveable-rogues Craig Fairbrass and Terry Stone and a British dream-team ensemble, in a brutal and bloody real life story of Essex, drugs and rock and roll.


The rise of ruthless Essex gangster Pat Tate, who blazes
a path from Marbella to the Medway in the late 80s, peddling pills and snorting coke and crushing anyone who gets in his way, in his quest for cash and power. Double- crossed by an ex-pat drug baron, Tate ends up in prison. Undeterred, he establishes himself as top dog inside, and gets himself in shape in preparation for his release – when he plans to reclaim his turf the only way he knows how – with violence, and no mercy.


Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger, St George’s Day)

Terry Stone (Rise of the Footsoldier, Bonded By Blood)

Eddie Webber (Shifty, The Firm)

Larry Lamb (The Hatton Garden Job, Eastenders)

Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake, Eastenders)

Shawn Ryder (Happy Mondays)

Josh Myers (Bonded By Blood 2, Anti-Social)

Andrew Beckwith (Game of Thrones, Snatch)

Roland Mannokian (RocknRolla, The Business)

Billy Murray (We Still Steal The Old Way, Essex Boys)

Zackary Adler (Director, The Rise of the Krays, The Fall of the Krays)

We like it because:

“Before the murders, the pills, the doors, the agg… there was Marbella”

On the 10th anniversary of the release of the smash hit gangster classic Rise Of The Footsoldier comes this no-holds- barred prequel, telling the tale of real life Essex Boy Pat Tate, a man mountain with a hair-trigger temper, a serious fondness for pills and cocaine, and an unquenchable hunger for power. The Scarface of Southend is a role Craig Fairbrass was born to play, and he grips the role between his teeth and does not let go. It’s a towering performance that cements Fairbrass’s reputation as a screen hard man of the top rank.

The rest of the cast is a veritable who’s who of the creme de la creme of Brit gangster film talent, with the likes of Terry Stone (Bonded By Blood), Eddie Webber (The Firm), Larry Lamb (The Hatton Garden Job), Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake), Josh Myers (Bonded By Blood 2), Roland Mannokian (The Business) and Billy Murray (Essex Boys) shoving their lovely mugs onto the screen. There are also appearances from Big Brother sensation and bareknuckle fighter Paddy Doherty in his acting debut, and legendary Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder as a nasty piece of work called Mad Dog.

Zackary Adler – the man behind the hit The Rise of/Fall of the Krays films – directs with energy and panache to spare, with stand-out set pieces including brutal showdowns, eye-popping orgies and prison bust-ups – just your average day in the life of an Essex gangster! Adler mixes elements of The Business, Snatch and Green Street with an extra ladle of bone-crunching violence, enough white powder to fell an elephant, a healthy dose of nudity, and a fantastic soundtrack.

It all adds up to an hour and a half of non-stop, foul- mouthed, proper lively gangster mayhem – a superb addition to the Footsoldier franchise.

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