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      Awaydays

      2009 1h 44m Drama List
      39% Tomatometer 31 Reviews 32% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In England, 19-year-old Paul Carty (Nicky Bell) is bored with middle-class life. After his mother dies, Carty gets his friend Elvis (Liam Boyle), to induct him into The Pack, a group of soccer hooligans. Obsessed with The Pack and hanging out with the group's leader, Godden (Stephen Graham), Carty ignores his sister (Holly Grainger) and becomes immersed in a world of sex, drugs and music -- until someone ends up dead, and his relationship with Elvis gets a bit more complicated. Read More Read Less

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      Awaydays is an overwrought coming-of-age drama that romanticizes the violence of 1970s street culture in Liverpool and neglects the requisites of a good script.

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator The performances are good, actually - particularly Bell's - but the film lacks any context... Ultimately, what's it all about, pussycat? No idea. Aug 29, 2018 Full Review Edward Porter Times (UK) Bell's wholehearted performance and the film's convincingly scuzzy atmosphere don't make up for the big hole in the script. Rated: 2/5 May 28, 2009 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard There's no shortage of movies about Britain's mean streets and, for the most part, Awaydays runs with the pack. Rated: 3/5 May 22, 2009 Full Review Nikki Baughan Roll Credits [T]his is the tale of Carty and Elvis and, when the focus is on them, the film shines despite the grim feel that permeates every scene. Rated: 3/5 Oct 30, 2019 Full Review Sam Bathe Fan The Fire Awaydays comes close to being lumped in with every other British indie but the excellent production quality pull it through and director Pat Holden is left with another promising, if flawed, adventure. Rated: 3/5 Apr 15, 2010 Full Review Daily Record (UK) A quality cast, strong performances and excellent period detail keep it feeling real. Rated: 3/5 May 28, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member One critic called Kevin Sampson's excellent novel "Catcher in the Rye with stanley knives" this film adaptation is more like Brokeback Mountain with stanley knives and an excellent soundtrack. It really is so homoerotic. I expected Elvis to pork Carty. If you need any evidence of them been trapped in the closet then the scene where they pick up the two shanks on the bus is all the evidence you need. Plus, the jealous head and bitchy antics of the Elvis the following matchday. Budget definitely hindered the final product but overall a poor adaptation of a good book but the soundtrack, Stephen Graham and some ultraviolence makes it watchable. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Honestly the worst film I have ever seen ( not just saying that ) it is absolutely terrible ! Never going to get back that hour and a half of my life so don't bother attempting to watch ! Everyone involved should be ashamed ! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member another film on football hooliganism and another poor one. Honestly, not every fan in 1979 wore their scarf on their wrists and had a fight. Disappointing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Dunno what to say about this apart from the Interesting early 80's soundtrack. Also it kind of romanticizes the days when it was ok to smoke in pubs, on trains etc. . . . . and it wern't that long ago. Modern life seems kind of sterile after watching this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member of all the football hooligan films ive seen this is the worst Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member great film, I thought it was a good movie, it was something like Green Street, it was a good movie but I don't want it on DVD, good movie it was better than what I expected Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In England, 19-year-old Paul Carty (Nicky Bell) is bored with middle-class life. After his mother dies, Carty gets his friend Elvis (Liam Boyle), to induct him into The Pack, a group of soccer hooligans. Obsessed with The Pack and hanging out with the group's leader, Godden (Stephen Graham), Carty ignores his sister (Holly Grainger) and becomes immersed in a world of sex, drugs and music -- until someone ends up dead, and his relationship with Elvis gets a bit more complicated.
      Director
      Pat Holden
      Producer
      David A. Hughes
      Screenwriter
      Kevin Sampson
      Production Co
      Red Union Films, Away Days Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 23, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 44m
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