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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rock et escrocs  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,565,439 (UK) (5 September 2008)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Tom Hardy and Gerard Butler have played characters who are horribly deformed and cover his face with a mask: Butler as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »


Majority of the Russian lines in the movie don't correspond to the translation shown. Mostly the overall approximate meaning of a passage or dialogue is preserved, but even that is not always the case. See more »


[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 »


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I'm a Man
(Bo Diddley (as McDaniel))
Published by Jewel Music Publishing LTD/ARC Music Group
Performed by Black Strobe
2007 Playloudrecordings
Licensed courtesy of Playloudrecordings / Beggars Group
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Guy Ritchie at his best
17 September 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Guy Ritchie's career has run red hot and ice cold over the yrs. Guy's unique European gangster movies know how to have fun. Really cool violence w/ really cool lines.

Guy Ritchie busted out w/ cult gangster faves Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Then Madonna drained his awesome storytelling w/ Swept Away. Then came weak Revolver. Madonna wrecked one of my fave directors.

I put off seeing RocknRolla and I regret it. Guy Ritchie is back! Every BLEEPING thing I love about his movies came back in a wave. Unforgettable characters, bad a** story, cool lines, and plenty of action to boot. He did get help from two BLEEPING great actors. Mark Strong "Archy" and Toby Kebbell "Johnny Quid"

If you gave up on Guy Ritchie come back. RocknRolla will win you over.

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