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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 28 August 1998 (UK)
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A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom
... Soap
... Eddy
... Bacon
... Winston
... J
Nick Marcq ... Charles
Charles Forbes ... Willie (as Charlie Forbes)
... Big Chris
... Barry The Baptist
Peter McNicholl ... Little Chris
... Hatchet Harry
... Dog
... Plank
Huggy Leaver ... Paul
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Storyline

Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam. Written by Anonymous

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A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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28 August 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juegos, trampas y dos armas humeantes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£941,638 (United Kingdom), 30 August 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,897,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,356,188
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Guy Ritchie had the cast play football and divided them into 5-aside teams based on their characters (the four main lad, plus Sting, the dealers, the villains, etc). According to Dexter Fletcher, the winning team was Hatchet Harry's team, given that they had a professional footballer on their team - Vinnie Jones. Nicholas Rowe recalled that Robbie Williams visited the set and had a kickabout. See more »

Goofs

In the director's cut, when Kenny and Gary have stolen the guns and the old man shoots a hole in Gary's hair, Dean says, "are you all right, Gary?" His lips ask "Gary?" again, but is only heard in the next shot of the smoking hair. The original region 1 version has the sound in sync with the lip movement. See more »

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[first lines]
Bacon: Right. Let's sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don't, because if you can't see value here today, you're not up here shopping. You're up here shoplifting. You see these goods? Never seen daylight, moonlight, Israelite. Fanny by the gaslight. Take a bag, c'mon take a bag. I took a bag home last night. Cost me a lot more than ten pound, I can tell you. Anyone like jewelry? Look at that one there. Handmade in Italy, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the character names in the cast list are shown entirely in lower-case letters with no initial capital letters. See more »

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Liar, Liar
Performed by The Castaways
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment Inc.
Licensed from K-Tel Entertainment (UK) Ltd
Written by James Donna
© Celann Music Co.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
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In this criminal subculture, they cheat and rob each other.
27 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Never seen a more entertaining gangster film than this one. It elicits belly-laughs with its black humor.

Guy Ritchie lures us deep into an intricate world, a world only belonging to streetwise charmers, merciless debt collectors, dope drug dealers, paranoid marijuana growers, eccentric Afros and inept burglars. In this criminal subculture, they cheat and rob each other.

Such a film as it is, if shot by a less intelligent, would be a disaster. But Guy makes the story full of twists and coincidences and weaves them all into his well-craft web. Elements like guns, knives, corpses and claret are indispensable parts for a gang film. In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, guns are replaced by air rifles and antic shotguns, knives by kitchen ones and some kicking. And the bullets fly and corpses aren't that bloody since most are off-screen. And I couldn't help laughing at Soap's theory like " guns for show, knives for pro" especially when he soapboxes it with a seriousness on his soft-soap face.

The dialog is recommendable and quotable. The shooting angles, especially close-ups cannot be more suitable for this films. See a label sticker under the sole of Harry? To crown them all, the cliffhanger ending is peerless.


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