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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

 -  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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shotgun | hatchet | antique | gang | debt | See more »

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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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Budget:

£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,321 (USA) (5 March 1999)

Gross:

$3,650,677 (USA) (21 May 1999)
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The "Botheby's" catalogue, in which the two antique shotguns are listed, is a parody of esteemed British auction house "Sotheby's". See more »

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When Rory Breaker and his crew back the van in front of the boys' house, it backs up onto the curb. When everyone is shot and Nathan starts up the van, it's off the curb. 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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Comedy Noir well done
15 February 2000 | by (DeepFriedHappyMice.com) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure whether to call this a black comedy or a comedy-noir. The story is about four working class lads who have each managed to save up 25,000 pounds to spot their card-shark friend for a high-stakes poker game with "Hatchet" Harry, the local gangster.

Unfortunately, Harry's game is rigged and the four end up owing Harry half a million pounds, with just one week to come up with the cash. What ensues is a set of schemes, counter-schemes, rip-offs, and bad/good luck that demand you pay attention. On several occasions I had to pause the video just to take stock of which gang was planning what.

The final thirty minutes of the film, as the plots all collide and overlap, turn set-piece shoot outs into comedic punchlines. The comedy is driven by exploding our expectations of what are otherwise pretty standard scenes from the film-noir genre.

The acting is strong and the script very tight. Although I am not normally a fan of voice overs, this one informs without spoiling the action. And I liked the use of the slow-motion to disrupt the action and keep me paying attention.

While this film may not be for everyone, if you enjoy a darker pallette, this may be right up your alley.


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