"Lock, Stock..." ...And Four Stolen Hooves (TV Episode 2000) Poster

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Number siX27 June 2000
I have had mixed emotions ever since I read an article in GQ saying they were making the series. The original film was a masterpiece, followed up by the even more perfect director's cut, which added even more plot to the original. When Four Stolen Hooves was shown on TV, I did miss it by accident, and cursed myself until I saw the first one hour episode of the series. Three minutes was all I watched. I was glad that the dialogue wasn't turned down, by the villain was a white parody of Ali G and it didn't bode well. However, Four Stolen Hooves came out on video 2 weeks later, and the Lock Stock fan I am couldn't stop me from buying it and I watched it straight away.

I can say that I am pleased that something inside me gave this another chance, as I was quite impressed. Although it can never come close to being as good as the original, for a TV movie it is very acceptable; especially as it had exactly the same budget of around one and a half million pounds that the original had.

The plot has the same characteristics that the original had, that it sounds incredibly zaney but if you know London then you know it is also very possible too. The elements of Sherbert the horse, the custom made erotic time piece and the "Animal classics" pornography are the basis of which the lads get into trouble with this installment; a nice equal of a wad of cash, a ton of weed and two muskets that are so loved from 2 Smoking Barrels.

The characters are interesting in most ways, but some try so hard to be equals of original characters. For instance, Firebug is a nice new twist of a psychopathic crimelord, given pyromanic tendancies to make him different from Rory Breaker. But, Ralph Brown's character of Miami Vice (The name needs to go if anything) is an obvious and direct copy of Hatchet Harry, and as good as Ralph Brown is, he doesn't quite come totally across as believable. The large factions of characters are still kept in (You wonder how you can actually connect four pub owners, two crime lords, two Norweigan stoners, a Greek kebab king and an unruly mob of carnies) and they help to approach the plot from every angle before merging their involvements for a final climax.

In my opinion, this is a good television equivalent worthy of attention from the fans of the original film, but as much as it keeps the look, the characters and situations of 2 Smoking Barrels, it can never be accepted as an equal, just a damn good TV adaption.
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Love it, want more !!
rickvanbommel27 December 2012
I like this movie. If you liked Snatch, lock, stock & two smoking barrels, I have the feeling that you will appreciate this one as well. Obviously not as much as the movies mentioned earlier. The usual gory gangster scenes with excessive amounts of violence, compassion feeling for the main roles and incredible misfortunes are all present throughout the movie.

I've had a few good laughs when reading the bad research remark.

First of all, when they do a character, they need them to be recognizable. Hence, without using German accents and names, not one US/UK viewing audience member would relate to a Dutch person speaking, since the Netherlands is such a small country to begin with. Using Dutch names etc: it just won't work, because people need to be able relate to a certain role. This is why you did see two stoners instead of what a real Dutch person would look like.

Frankly, as a Dutch person I think I'm more ashamed of someone butchering the English language, like you seem to do.
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels comes to TV.
Fuzzbap14 June 2000
This is the feature-length pilot of the T.V. series Lock Stock, inspired by Guy Ritchie's highly successful British gangster comedy Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The series is produced by Guy Ritchie, his long-time friend and producer Matthew Vaughan and TV presenter Chris Evans. This first episode is also co-written by Ritchie, and as such follows the plot of the movie closely.

Lock Stock....follows the misadventures of four Cockney wideboys - Bacon (not to be confused with the character of the same name), Moon, Jamie and Lee - who own a London pub called The Lock, out of which they organise various scams and dodgy deals, often mixing them up with local crime lord Miami Vice (a fun turn from Withnail & I's Ralph Brown). ...Four Stolen Hooves storyline encompasses a pornographic watch, a stolen horse, pyromaniac relatives and two very shifty Dutchmen.

The actual story follows that of the film fairly closely, coming across as something between a remake and a sequel. As with the film, the characters are generally fairly thin and one-dimensional, but, as with the film, you can't help but be swept along with the lads misadventures, feeling sorry for them every time something goes wrong. This is a fun way to spend a couple of hours, but be wary; the easily offended should steer clear...
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Bad research
lethal_toxic23 February 2010
The movie Lock, Stock And Four Stolen Hooves is oke, but I turned it off when the 2 Dutch guys where speaking German! I am from the Netherlands (the same country where the 2 Dutch stoner's are from. The first thing what I really hated is that the black dude fire bug (or something) calls the 2 Dutch guys Adolf. It refers to Adolf Hitler that lived in Germany and not Holland.

Europe is not Germany but Europe. That means not every one in europe speaks German...

Now I know allot off people are really ignorant and not just the Americans. Even in allot of American movies the Dutch people speak German, just like Euro-trip.

I wrote this because this misunderstanding gives us a bad name..

Thank you Guy Ritchie for you great misunderstanding..
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