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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  28 August 1998 (UK)
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Ratings: 8.2/10 from 387,884 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 519 user | 114 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

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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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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A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 August 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos, trampas y dos armas humeantes  »

Box Office


£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£941,638 (UK) (28 August 1998)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though they did not share a single scene in this film, 18 years earlier, P.H. Moriarty and Dexter Fletcher did share a brief scene in The Long Good Friday (1980). Dexter was the little boy who was watching Bob Hoskins' car and Moriarty was 'Razors' Hoskin's driver/henchmen. See more »


In the van when Bacon finds the traffic warden, there is an extra arm seemingly coming out of the floor of the van. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the character names in the cast list are shown entirely in lower-case letters with no initial capital letters. See more »


References Mean Streets (1973) See more »


Zorba's Dance
Performed by David A. Hughes and John Murphy
Written by Mikis Theodorakis
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
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User Reviews

20 February 2000 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Incredibly funny and entertaining story of four young "criminals" out for big money. This is one of the most intelligently written stories I've ever seen. If you like to write screenplays, let this one take you for a spin. Very fast paced film with great editing techniques and a hilarious cast and storyline thats sure to entertain, as long as you can handle the accents. Great cinematography as well. This story will send you through a cork screw. See it once, then see it again to see what you missed.

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