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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  28 August 1998 (UK)
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A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

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Storyline

Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam. Written by Anonymous

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They lost half a million at cards but they've still got a few tricks up their sleeve See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos, trampas y dos armas humeantes  »

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Budget:

£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,321 (USA) (5 March 1999)

Gross:

$3,650,677 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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Trivia

The ending to the film was altered some time after filming had been completed which is why Tom is wearing a woolen cap pulled low down - the actor had grown his hair in the intervening period and did not want to shave it short again. (See also goofs) See more »

Goofs

When "the neighbors" are torturing some unknown criminals - the leader is standing on one guy, hitting golf balls at another guy who is hanging upside down in his underwear. The first golf swing is using a metal wood, then he asks for a five iron. However, the club handed to him is clearly not a five iron, but another metal wood. See more »

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Bacon: Right. Let's sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don't, because if you can't see value here today, you're not up here shopping. You're up here shoplifting. You see these goods? Never seen daylight, moonlight, Israelite. Fanny by the gaslight. Take a bag, c'mon take a bag. I took a bag home last night. Cost me a lot more than ten pound, I can tell you. Anyone like jewelry? Look at that one there. Handmade in Italy, ...
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Spoofed in Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999) See more »

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The Payback
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records Inc.
Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks
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`100 pounds is still 100 pounds!' `Not when the price is 200 pounds!'
3 February 2000 | by (Piacenza, Italy) – See all my reviews

If this film had been dubbed for American viewers, (even if it would have lost the magic of the cockney accent), not one person from the States would have said this wasn't a really good film. I didn't even understand most of the dialogues, but the weirdness of the characters and of what they did was really funny. Not hysterically funny, but Funny! The mixture of comedy and violence was the thing that most amused me. The story itself isn't of the most original, but surely efficacious. The photography and the soundtrack were also brilliant and to finish, I saw Pulp Fiction, I loved it, but after seeing LS&2SM I was too busy thinking over and over how much I liked it for noticing a whatsoever similarity with PF. 10 out of 10 is a bit too much… but 9/10 definitely isn't! Watch it!


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