Posted: 01/20/2011


Bonded By Blood on DVD

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Bonded by Blood is a movie based on the true story of crime and drug lords in a London town who go about delivering their own brand of justice to people who do them wrong over drug deals or those who just don’t pay up quickly enough.

In Essex, England, 1995, a small group of men dominate the local crime scene through fear and uncompromising brutality. Based on the true story of the Essex Boys, Bonded by Blood, rife with drugs, guns, and violence, tells the tale of the shocking downfall of the three most notorious gangsters in British crime history.

Tony Tucker (Terry Stone) Patrick Tate (Tamer Hassan) and Craig Rolfe (Neil Maskell) are known as the most feared criminals across the south of England through their monopoly over the local drug trade and club scene. But in a world where loyalties are constantly tested and vast fortunes are at stake, your closest friend can quickly become your worst enemy. Before long, the boys find themselves in a life or death situation that will lead to their inevitable downfall.
In 2010, Revolver Entertainment brought Bonded by Blood, a film inspired by the best-selling book of former Essex Boy, Bernard O’Mahoney, to the big screen.

Featuring an all-star cast that includes Vincent Regan, (300, Troy) Dave Legeno, (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) Terry Stone (Rise of the Footsoldier, Doghouse) Tamer Hassan (Kick-Ass) and Neil Maskell, (Rise of the Footsoldier) Bonded by Blood is gripping from start to finish.

If you like action in the vein of the Sopranos, filled with beatings, stabbings and shootings; more than enough to keep any family of goons busy, then Bonded by Blood is the DVD for you. For more information about its release on DVD on February 1, through Revolver Entertainment, visit

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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