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A story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.
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 his hands. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Gerard Butler ... One Two

Tom Wilkinson ... Lenny Cole

Thandie Newton ... Stella

Mark Strong ... Archy

Idris Elba ... Mumbles

Tom Hardy ... Handsome Bob

Karel Roden ... Uri Omovich

Toby Kebbell ... Johnny Quid

Jeremy Piven ... Roman

Ludacris ... Mickey (as Chris Bridges)

Jimi Mistry ... Councillor

Matt King ... Cookie

Geoff Bell ... Fred the Head

Dragan Micanovic ... Victor

Michael Ryan ... Pete

Nonso Anozie ... Tank

Gemma Arterton ... June
David Bark-Jones ... Bertie (as David Bark Jones)

David Leon ... Malcolm

Bronson Webb ... Paul
Kelly George ... Danny

Roland Manookian ... Bandy

Jamie Campbell Bower ... Rocker
Alex Kovas ... Chechnyan
Mario Woszcycki ... Chechnyan (as Marios Woszezycki)
Mickey De Hara ... Turbo
Scott McNess ... Johnny - 12 Years old

Tim Wallers ... Property Lawyer

James Greene ... Judge
Jasper Jacob ... Barrister
Joanna Bacon ... Speeler Girl

Johnny Harris ... Gary

Tiffany Mulheron ... Jackie

Ben Caplan ... Estate Agent
Ben Homewood ... Estate Agent

David Sterne ... Barman

Oliver Dimsdale ... Posh Man In Shorts

Blake Ritson ... Johnny Sloane

Robert Stone ... Nightclub Bouncer
Andy Linden ... Waster
Jason Courtis ... Accountant

Charlotte Armer ... Nurse
Rory Sadler ... Eton Boy
Oliver Dean ... Eton Boy

Anton Saunders ... Detective Sergeant Barnes

James Puddephatt ... Detective Sergeant
Laura McIntosh ... Sexy Girl In Bathroom
Billy Lunn ... The Subways
Charlotte Cooper ... The Subways
Josh Morgan ... The Subways (as Joshua Morgan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morne Botes ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Ian Houghton ... Held up Accountant (uncredited)
Aaron King ... Theatre Goer (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Policeman (uncredited)

Tom Rooke ... Waiter (uncredited)
Johan van Vuuren ... Sloan 2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Ritchie 
Writing credits
Guy Ritchie (written by)

Produced by
Martin Askew .... associate producer
Steve Clark-Hall .... producer
Mickey De Hara .... associate producer (as Mickey De'Hara)
Susan Downey .... producer
Navid McIlhargey .... executive producer
Lauren Meek .... associate producer
Steve Richards .... executive producer
Guy Ritchie .... producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Original Music by
Steve Isles 
Cinematography by
David Higgs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Herbert 
Casting by
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton 
Production Design by
Richard Bridgland 
Art Direction by
Andy Nicholson (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Debbie Moles 
Costume Design by
Suzie Harman 
Makeup Department
Kirstin Chalmers .... hair designer
Kirstin Chalmers .... makeup designer
Jenny Harling .... makeup artist
Laura Lilley .... makeup trainee
Laura McIntosh .... makeup artist
Kath Rayner .... makeup artist
Laura Lilley .... hair trainee (uncredited)
Waldo Mason .... prosthetics (uncredited)
Brigitta Smart .... makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)
Production Management
Tom Avison .... unit manager
Mark Mostyn .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director (as Matt Baker)
Paul Bennett .... second second assistant director
Max Keene .... first assistant director
Paul Bennett .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Sarah Jean Selway .... assistant director runner (uncredited)
Art Department
Ben Bagley .... stand-by props
Lee Biggs .... carpenter
Julian Caldow .... storyboard artist
Neal Callow .... stand-by art director
Tina Charad .... graphic designer
George Dean .... senior painter
Peter Edge .... stand-by painter
Nick Flatt .... stand-by stagehand
David Gibson .... carpenter
Jane Gilchrist .... store person
Gavin Grant .... dressing props
David Gray .... stand-by rigger
Darren Hayward .... carpenter
Sarah Jenneson .... set decorator assistant
Alex King .... picture car coordinator
James Mannell .... dressing props
Simon Marjoram .... carpenter
Paul Anthony McGill .... architectural illustrator
Garry Moore .... stand-by carpenter
Greg O'Donnell .... stand-by painter
Mark Papworth .... stand-by props
Steve Register .... prop master
Julie Signy .... production buyer
David Smith .... stand-by stagehand
Rob Sutton .... senior carpenter
Chris Tooth .... art department assistant (as Christopher Tooth)
Luke Whitelock .... assistant art director
Dennis Wilson .... construction manager (as Denis Wilson)
Galo Make Canote .... title art drawings (uncredited)
Paul Couch .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Adriaan Engelbrecht .... foam technician (uncredited)
Thomas Jones .... props mould-maker (uncredited)
Morgan Parker .... props (uncredited)
Antony Parnell .... props (uncredited)
Evie Wray .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... first assistant sound editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Brouard .... dialogue editor
Lukas Chyska .... adr recordist
Valerie Davidson .... supervising foley editor
Eric Flickinger .... sound recordist
Nick Foley .... adr mixer
John Hayes .... production sound mixer
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Devin Joseph .... dialogue editor
Garie Kan .... boom operator
Susan Kurtz .... dialogue editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Mark Larry .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue/adr supervisor (as Trillby Kimberly Lowe)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Ian Morgan .... adr editor: UK
Tom Ozanich .... sound effects editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Andrew Rowe .... sound assistant
Paul Schwartz .... boom operator
Bryan O. Watkins .... co-supervising sound editor (as Bryan Watkins)
Nathan Whitehead .... assistant sound editor
Hugo Jeffreys .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... senior special effects technician
Craig Leong .... special effects assistant
Kyle May .... special effects trainee
Karl Openshaw .... special effects engineer
Stuart Wishart .... senior special effects engineer
Danny Hills .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dave Bannister .... senior compositor: Rushes Post Production
Seb Barker .... CG artist: Rushes Post Production (as Seb Baker)
Jocelin Capper .... visual effects executive producer: Rushes Post Production (as Joce Capper)
Michael Deming .... digital film bureau
Guy Elson .... senior compositor: Rushes Post Production
Neil Harrison .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Warwick Hewett .... visual effects coordinator: Rushes Post Production
Louise Hussey .... visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
Alex Jenyon .... digital matte painter: Rushes Post Production
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau
Tom Kimberley .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
Alex Llewellyn .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
Ian Murphy .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
John Palmer .... digital film bureau manager
Mark Pascoe .... CG artist: Rushes Post Production
Kate Porter .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
Scott Pritchard .... composite supervisor: Rushes Post Production
Jonathan Privett .... visual effects supervisor: Rushes Post Production
Cristina Puente .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
Adam Rowland .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
David Sjodin .... compositor: Rushes Post Production
Lee Tibbetts .... CG artist: Rushes Post Production
Alan Williamson .... visual effects data assistant: Rushes Post Production
Jez Tucker .... senior systems administrator: Rushes Post Production (uncredited)
Milan Alavanja .... stunts wire effects
Richard Bradshaw .... stunt performer
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Derek Lea .... stunt performer
Maurice Lee .... stunt performer
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
James Grogan .... stunt double (uncredited)
Sid Karne .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nick McKinless .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Andy Bell .... best boy
Dan Fontaine .... gaffer
Dave Gray .... stand-by rigger
Neil Gray .... HD technician
Stewart Holt .... electrician
Carolyn Hughes .... camera trainee
Julian Morson .... Steadicam operator
Julian Morson .... camera operator
Gary Parnham .... rigging electrician
Mike Parsons .... electrician
Ricky Payne .... electrician
Barney Piercy .... focus puller
Matt Poynter .... focus puller
Steve Pugh .... key grip
Erin Stevens .... loader
Fred Todd .... electrician
John Walker .... rigging gaffer
Frankie Webster .... electrical rigger
Andy Woodcock .... assistant grip
Peter Batten .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Emmet Cahill .... grip (uncredited)
James Foster .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: dailies (uncredited)
Jon Howard .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Nic Lawson .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Mason .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Lillie Jeffrey .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bartholomew Cariss .... costume stand-by
Mark Lord .... costume stand-by
James Pavlou .... wardrobe assistant
Nat Turner .... assistant costume designer (as Nathaniel Turner)
Joanna Wright .... wardrobe supervisor
Emily-Rose Yiaxis .... costume assistant
Samantha Kent .... costume trainee (uncredited)
Elizabeth Wilson .... costume supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rob Gordon .... digital on-line editor
Emily Greenwood .... digital on-line editor
Philip Hedgecock .... first assistant editor
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate director of production
Erin McGookin .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Pizzey .... digital intermediate colorist
Mitch Rosin .... assistant editor
Crispin Struthers .... assistant editor
Nick Timms .... technical operator
Laurent Treherne .... digital film technical director
Andrew Bradley .... projectionist: post-production (uncredited)
Aidan Stanford .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Scott Hosfeld .... musician
James Hyman .... film music consultant
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Derek Somaru .... music editor
Amanda Street .... score supervisor
The Subways .... musician
Tommy Lockett .... music editor (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Atkins .... unit driver
Nick Attfield .... unit driver
Dave Ballard .... driver: stand-by construction truck
Alan Burrows .... driver: camera truck
Gary J. Dodd .... driver: grip truck (as Gary Dodd)
Paul Elston .... driver: props runaround
Barry Goodwin .... unit driver
Georg Grohmann .... driver: Tom Wilkinson
George Morris .... action vehicle coordinator
Richard Ong .... driver: makeup trailer
Graham Pamment .... driver: production trailer
Steve Pyke .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Steve Pike)
David Speirs .... unit driver
Tony Power .... driver: construction department (uncredited)
Other crew
Ilya V. Abulkhanov .... designer: Prologue Films (as Ilya Abulhanov)
Aaron Auch .... assistant: Joel Silver
Philip Ball .... utility stand-in (as Phil Ball)
Joanna Batten .... stand-in: Thandie Newton
Stephen Bender .... production coordinator: US (as Steve Bender)
Carol Bulmer .... caterer (as Carole Bulmer)
Kelly Kiyoon Chang .... accounts assistant
Kyle Cooper .... titles executive producer: Prologue Films
Gemma Copper .... caterer
Sarah Critchley .... clearance researcher
Ian Dawson .... title producer: Prologue Films
Marie-Cecile de Faucigny .... assistant accountant (as Marie Cecile De Faucigny)
Charles Edwards .... clearance researcher
Larry Eydmann .... health and safety
Ollie Gatehouse .... post production assistant
Mia Gray .... production assistant
Alex Hanson .... designer: Prologue Films
Moira Houlihan .... unit publicist
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Nick Jeffries .... supervising armorer
Antony Judd .... chef (as Tony Judd)
Lara Khajetoorians .... assistant: Susan Downey
Adam Kuhn .... production accountant: US
Ron Levin .... legal representative: US
Ronald J. Levin .... legal representative
Kramer Lucas .... production assistant
Kramer Lucas .... production coordinator
Ben MacGregor .... location scout (as Ben Macgregor)
Paul McCloskey .... assistant: Steve Richards
Richard Moxon .... legal representative: UK
Ruth Nicol .... nurse (as Ruth Nichol)
Sarah Parfitt .... delivery paperwork coordinator
Christine Perrett .... caterer
Rebecca Rae .... assistant production coordinator
Stacy Raskin .... assistant: Joel Silver
Christina Rice .... assistant: Gerard Butler
Bobby Rich .... assistant: Guy Ritchie
Chris Sanchez .... illustrator: Prologue Films
Sarah Jean Selway .... on-set assistant (as Sarah Brand)
Sarah Shepherd .... assistant location manager
Sam Smith .... on-set assistant
Tom Stourton .... location scout
Isobel Thomas .... production coordinator
Claire Tovey .... location manager
Elizabeth West .... script supervisor (as Liz West)
Oliver Wheeler .... production assistant
Adam Winkleman .... assistant: Navid McIlhargey
Danny Yount .... title designer
Danny Yount .... title designer: Prologue Films
Emma Baksi .... assistant: Mr. Piven (uncredited)
Rob Ellingham .... location scout (uncredited)
Glyn Harper .... floor runner: dailies (uncredited)
Tom McNulty .... technical director: online interactive (uncredited)
Dan Osborne .... armourer (uncredited)
Rob Sorrenti .... behind-the-scenes (uncredited)
Martin Craig Martin .... special thanks
Richard Mirisch .... special thanks
Scott Walterschied .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality
114 min
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On the day of filming the sex scene, Gerard Butler had a nasty throat infection and Thandie Newton refused to kiss him. Guy Ritchie then improvised and revised the scene into the very funny montage.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The two "Chechnyans" would more likely be veterans of the Russian Army who've served in Chechnya. This is because actual Chechens would speak the Chechen language rather than Russian.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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140 out of 213 people found the following review useful.
Ritchie rolls back into action with a pulse pounding, viciously funny return to form, 7 September 2008
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

In a business as enormously subjective as the film industry, it would seem near impossible to attempt to remain individual and innovative, continually raising the bar, without the occasional stumble. Writer/director Guy Ritchie, who at first garnered countless approval for his vicious, hyper-stylized tales of dirty deeds in the British underground, had found the critical tides turning in recent years after the succession of universally panned Swept Away to widely baffling Revolver, begging the question as to whether Ritchie's cinematic genius had been limited to his initial films. However, fans of the unconventional filmmaker will be enthralled to hear that his latest project, RocknRolla proves a confident return to form, a snappy, stylish piece of work bristling with energy and acerbic wit - in short, classic Ritchie.

Returning to his defining genre, Ritchie crafts yet another convoluted myriad of intersecting story lines focusing on greed, deception, double-crossing and plenty of stupidity in the seedy underbelly of England. With viewers trusted to be familiar with his unique style, Ritchie uses his familiar story template to worm in social commentary amidst his trademark edge and humour, satirising the increasingly developed state of London and the enormous demand for real estate and location. But this is not the ordinary, romanticized London, as Ritchie's cinematic eye appears determined to capture every last dank, filthy gutter, every ounce of crime and corruption in a fashion akin to the least flattering cinematic depictions of New York. And yet, amidst the filth and edgy comedy, the occasional moment of raw humanity, flawed as it may be emerges from the fray of unanimously unsympathetic characters, whether it be the vulnerability of rocker Johnny Quid shuddering and rocking back and forth on a drug trip or the witty interplay between 'The Wild Bunch', a trio of hapless thieves. For a film so cynically detached, RocknRolla sure can hit the emotional gut-punch buttons for brief but unsettlingly crucial moments.

However, in the midst of his caustic reflection on his home town, Ritchie has mercifully left his sense of uproarious fun intact. After a relatively slow start, serving mostly to set up the convoluted array of characters and plot points (the central Maguffin this time being a 'lucky' Russian painting which goes missing) the film takes off at the frenzied pace those familiar with Ritchie's work would expect. Plunging into a fray of hilarious coincidences and situational comedy (watch for a priceless slow dance scene and one of the most hysterical sex scenes in many a year), double crosses, intimidation rants, philosophical monologues and the time worn Ritchie tradition of indestructible Russian hit men, it becomes clear that no matter how many similarities it may bear to past work, the delight of seeing a dynamic talent back on the top of his game cannot be understated. While the hyper-kinetic editing and camera-work and bold music cues of Snatch have been toned down and the casual violence is more removed, the cinematic flavour is unmistakable - Ritchie is back, and just as bombastically entertaining as ever.

As usual, Ritchie's cast rise to the occasion of matching the brilliance of their script and director. Gerard Butler brings an endearing charm to tough talking goofball thug One-Two, inevitably raising laughs whenever on screen and anchoring the film as one of the few likable characters. Tom Wilkinson takes on the role of resident British mobster with considerable aplomb, spitting out his lines with a vindictive joy and proving easily more than adequate on the intimidation front. Thandie Newton evokes an alluring mysterious air as a devious accountant playing each side of the conflict against each other, exuding a subtle quirkiness in her execution of the traditional femme fatale figure. Mark Strong delivers harried menace and perfect comic deadpan as Wilkinson's right hand man, crafting another memorable Ritchie reference with the "Archie slap", and Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are fittingly hilarious as One-Two's bumbling fellow hard men Mumbles and Handsome Bob. Finally, Toby Kebbell eerily essays the most commanding character on screen as allegedly deceased rocker Johnny Quid. A narcissistic, painfully vulnerable, haphazardly philosophical and cheekily insulting pile of flaws and potent observations, Quid is as classic as any of Ritchie's more beloved characters, and Kebbell's off-kilter performance rivets the viewer's attention - whether hilarious or tragic, he is always invariably impossible to ignore and far too interesting to discount.

While the occasional cry of rehashing story elements from past successes may be raised, Ritchie's return to form is too supremely entertaining to dwindle under such complaints, as the formula proves to have just enough shelf life along with countless inspired tweaks to remain miles ahead of any stylistic impersonators. For any finding the cinema's fare too dull or uninspired, fear not - a genuine talent has re-emerged, and RocknRolla proves just the antidote to the hackneyed mainstream offshoots which slunk up in his absence. The prospect of the announced two sequels is mouth watering indeed - if anything should prove indicative of the film's quality, it is that.


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