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RocknRolla (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  31 October 2008 (USA)
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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.


Action | Crime | Thriller

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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)  »

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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There are two characters whose names are a reference to characters in other movies. The character of Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy) is a possible reference to Jason Statham who played Handsome Rob in The Italian Job (2003), and the character Fred the Head is similar to Doug the Head in Ritchie's previous film Snatch. (2000). See more »


On the golf course, Uri advises Lenny that, because they are on the ninth hole, it will take him until sunrise to get back to his car. The ninth and eighteenth greens are often closest to the clubhouse, however many traditional British links style courses have ninth holes that are the furthest point from the clubhouse. This is the basis of the expression, "at the turn" in golf. After the ninth hole, the golfers will turn around and the remaining holes will lead them back to clubhouse. This is also why scorecards say "out" referring to the score on the front nine and "in" for the back nine. 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 »


References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »


Written by Jimmy Duncan (as Duncan), William Arthur Farley (as Farley)
Published by Francis Day and Hunter/EMI Music Publishing LTD
Performed by The Pretty Things
an original Fontana Recording E 1964 Shapper Music PLC
Licensed Courtesy of Snapper Music PLC, by arrangement with the licensing partnership UK LTD
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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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