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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles Forbes ...
Willie (as Charlie Forbes)
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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 (United Kingdom), 30 August 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tim Maurice-Jones: the film's cinematographer appears as the man being drowned by Barry the Baptist. See more »


Dog closes his eye a fraction of a second before the Bren gun is fired while in the cage. 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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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 Stormy Monday (1988) See more »


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Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by James Brown, Charles Bobbitt (as Charles Bobbit), Fred Wesley,
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Brilliant script, brilliant cinematography, great acting and soundtrack
5 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Best comedy in years, friend turned me on to this hilarious comedy of errors and glad she did. The film is damn near flawless, forces you to pay attention to the twists and turns through it's witty dialogue. Wonderfully photographed with brilliant camerawork but not overdone. Worth several sittings and we could learn alot in Hollywood from this one....

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