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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Statham has in real life worked as a street vendor, similar to the character he plays in the opening of the movie. See more »


During the closing sequences of the film where Tom is seen wearing a woolen hat, his long hair is visible at the back in many shots. This is despite his character having short cropped hair throughout the rest of the film. (see trivia) 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 »


Man Machine
Performed by Robbie Williams
Licensed by Chrysalis Records Ltd.
Published by EMI Music Publishing/BMG Music Publishing
Written by Robbie Williams (as R. Williams) and Guy Chambers (as G. Chambers)
Produced by Robbie Williams (as Robert Williams), Guy Chambers and Steve Power
© 1998 Chrysalis Records Ltd.
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1 March 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I was a total and complete sucker for this film.

If I were to write and direct a movie about gangsters or crime, this would be it. I wouldn't change one damn thing. Not a thing. Everything in this film was, to my eye, perfect - casting, the camerawork, the excellent dialogue ("It's been emotional.")

Now I don't have much to compare this to, and I've heard some criticism that it basically draws quite heavily from older British crime dramas. I've got a bunch of these on my queue to rent, but I doubt you could make a crime film better than this.

This film oozes with style, class, dark humor, plot twists and turns, and doesn't drag one bit. The casting and characterization is perfect, and Ritchie isn't afraid to move the cameras around; no pretense is really made here at "realism" - Ritchie doesn't mask the fact that it's a film and he runs with it.

I really don't think of myself as easily impressed, and I have seen a hell of a lot of films in my time, but this one instantly made my Top 10 after only a single viewing. Yes, I'm raving about it, and while it may not be "spiritually enriching" or contain any deep sociological content (which I actually do look for in films), somehow it still scores as one hell of a film; memorable and entertaining, and stands up well to multiple viewings.

I am a bit dismayed to see some of the marketing of this film comparing it to other things like Quentin Tarantino films or Trainspotting. It really does it a disservice because this film really is its own phenomenon and stands on its own two feet; if anything it is similar to Trainspotting and Tarantino films only because it actually has its own bold style.

Can't recommend it enough.

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