Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.



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Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets badly beaten by Pitt, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog! Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Stealing stones is hazardous. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diamonds  »

Box Office


£6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,180,002 (UK) (1 September 2000)


$30,093,107 (USA) (9 March 2001)

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Nearly every death in the movie takes place off-screen. See more »


When Frankie Four Fingers is holding up the diamond broker in Antwerp in the opening scene, he is seen holding his Smith and Wesson 681 revolver. The trigger is nearly fully back in the trigger guard, indicating the gun is cocked, but the hammer is down, instead of also back. See more »


[first lines]
Turkish: [narrating] My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash. That's Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.
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In the closing credits, "Gypsy kids" is misspelled "Gyspy kids." See more »


References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »


Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (as J Ross)
Performed by The Johnston Brothers
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Universal Music Group
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The way movies -should- be made.
14 March 2004 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Read this review carefully, please.

First off, Snatch is an amazing movie in every sense of the word. There are very few movies made where the director obviously did not let one FRAME onto the screen without a reason, and Snatch is one of them. Nothing happens onscreen without it having an effect on the plot.

By now you know the plot, or plots. We follow a diamond-heist and the various characters trying to get theirs, at the same time following participants in an illegal boxing ring. The incredible part of the movie is how every scene ties in with the rest somehow, every character connects with the rest at least once.

There are complaints that the movie is confusing, or muddled. There are a lot of things that they don't tell you (such as what the dog has to do with anything, but he's a VERY important character), and that's a good thing. Too many movies force feed the audience its plot points (Think The Ring vs. Ringu, did we need the "How long could you survive down there all alone?" line?). Rather, we just watch occurrences, and have to piece together what ties everything together, the plot weaves together beautifully.

The cinematography and performances are fantastic as well. Even the soundtrack is perfect. The camera style during the fight scenes (slowdown/stop/go) makes it difficult to stop watching, the sound effects fit in quietly in the background without being overwhelming. And it will be IMPOSSIBLE to watch this movie without repeating many of the lines around your friends. I found myself saying "Zee Germans" and things like "It's not like he's a set of car keys, now is it?" quite a bit. Naturally, Brad Pitt's pikey is one of the most outlandish I've ever seen.

Summary: watch the movie, and don't expect to be TOLD everything, expect to have to pay attention.

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