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RocknRolla (2008)

In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

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Storyline

Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Rock et escrocs  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,565,439 (UK) (5 September 2008)

Gross:

$5,694,401 (USA) (19 December 2008)
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Trivia

Both Tom Hardy and Idris Elba have played villains in Star Trek movies and, along with Mark Strong and Gerard Butler, played movie characters based on comic books or graphic novels:
  • Tom Hardy - Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)


  • Idris Elba - Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe


  • Mark Strong - Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011)


  • Gerard Butler - Leonidas in 300 (2006).


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Goofs

During the flashback to Johnny's childhood, we can see a Nintendo 64 controller on top of the television and below a Sony Playstation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Archie: People ask the question... what's a RocknRolla? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, others the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he's different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene in the closing credits: the complete scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar. See more »

Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Strictly Mambo
Written by Peter James Thomas (as Thomas)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music
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Welcome back, Guy.
25 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film and I obviously loved it. I had been a huge fan of Guy Richie's "Snatch" and "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." Then he married Madonna and made a few bum movies, especially "Revolver." Well rest easy, Guy Richie Fans, the man who made the two great movies I listed above is back and funnier, more intense, and a better writer/director than ever. The first ten or twenty minutes of the movie are a little confusing, but as long as you follow the characters and events (which isn't hard to do since they're fantastic and well acted) you'll understand and enjoy "RocknRolla". I'll also add that the soundtrack is great.


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