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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 28 August 1998 (UK)
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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A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere. 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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Box Office

Budget:

£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£941,638 (United Kingdom), 30 August 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,650,677, 23 May 1999
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This was Jason Statham's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Rory Breaker's henchmen visit the dope house in the evening or at night (it's dark), they find J who has come around and screaming in pain. Which means that the police still hasn't come to the house. This is highly improbable, since there was a shooting there during the day. Dog's men had fired shots with the very loud Bren gun in two separate occasions, and Gloria also fired it after them, emptying out the magazine. Even if there was nobody else in the building, the shots would've been heard from at least a couple of blocks away, and the police would have come. 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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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 »

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Soundtracks

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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In this criminal subculture, they cheat and rob each other.
27 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Never seen a more entertaining gangster film than this one. It elicits belly-laughs with its black humor.

Guy Ritchie lures us deep into an intricate world, a world only belonging to streetwise charmers, merciless debt collectors, dope drug dealers, paranoid marijuana growers, eccentric Afros and inept burglars. In this criminal subculture, they cheat and rob each other.

Such a film as it is, if shot by a less intelligent, would be a disaster. But Guy makes the story full of twists and coincidences and weaves them all into his well-craft web. Elements like guns, knives, corpses and claret are indispensable parts for a gang film. In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, guns are replaced by air rifles and antic shotguns, knives by kitchen ones and some kicking. And the bullets fly and corpses aren't that bloody since most are off-screen. And I couldn't help laughing at Soap's theory like " guns for show, knives for pro" especially when he soapboxes it with a seriousness on his soft-soap face.

The dialog is recommendable and quotable. The shooting angles, especially close-ups cannot be more suitable for this films. See a label sticker under the sole of Harry? To crown them all, the cliffhanger ending is peerless.


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