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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R  |   |  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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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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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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`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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