The rise of ruthless 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.
A smash hit on its day and date release, this no-holds-barred prequel to the gangster classic Rise Of The Footsoldier soon arrives on home video and tells the tale of real life Essex Boy Pat Tate, a man 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.
The rest of the cast is a veritable who’s who of the creme de la creme of Brit gangster film talent, that includes 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 The Krays & The Fall of the Krays films – directs with energy and panache to spare, with stand-out set pieces – 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, that fans of The Hatton Garden Job and The Firm will lap up.
Also available on DVD and Blu-ray is a fully-loaded box-set with all three of the Footsoldier films in one fantastic collection A word of warning – slip these discs in your player and it will be a proper carve up!
Rise Of The Footsoldier 3, and Rise Of The Footsoldier 1-3 triple play box set will release on DVD & Blu-ray 26th December 2017. Rise Of The Footsoldier 3 will also release on EST 22nd December 2017.