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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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Guy Ritchie

Writer:

Guy Ritchie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Tom
Dexter Fletcher ... Soap
Nick Moran ... Eddy
Jason Statham ... Bacon
Steven Mackintosh ... Winston
Nicholas Rowe ... J
Nick Marcq Nick Marcq ... Charles
Charles Forbes Charles Forbes ... Willie (as Charlie Forbes)
Vinnie Jones ... Big Chris
Lenny McLean ... Barry The Baptist
Peter McNicholl Peter McNicholl ... Little Chris
P.H. Moriarty ... Hatchet Harry
Frank Harper ... Dog
Steve Sweeney ... Plank
Huggy Leaver 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They lost half a million at cards but they've still got a few tricks up their sleeve See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999

Gross USA:

$3,753,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,753,929
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Dexter Fletcher, while Eddy is a card shark, Nick Moran is a terrible card player in real life. See more »

Goofs

The position of Gloria's head changes when Plank, after accidentally sitting on her, asks if Gloria is 'compis' and moves in toward her face for a closer look. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

New footage included in director's cut:
  • at the very start of film, Ed is shown explaining the rules of 3 Card Brag to two people;
  • the scene where Big Chris goes to see the man on the sunbed is longer
  • Tom, Soap and Bacon are shown walking through the pub to the bar while Ed is playing cards
  • the earlier stages of the card game are shown
  • Alan explains to Ed the "history" between JD and Harry
  • when Barry is talking to the two scousers the dialogue is different
  • when Big Chris is walking into Harry's office near the end, he meets the man who was on the sunbed near the start of the film.
  • when Ed is being interviewed by the police you see him finishing explaining the rules of 3 Card Brag to them (as seen at very start)
  • just before the credits, you see Soap telling a whole joke in the car when they are coming back from the job
  • three outtakes are shown during the credits: one with Soap telling a joke, the next where Barry asks one of the scouser's for an ice cream and one where a guy runs onto the set.
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Soundtracks

The Payback
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records Inc.
Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks
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1 March 2002 | by Quag7See all my reviews

I was a total and complete sucker for this film.

If I were to write and direct a movie about gangsters or crime, this would be it. I wouldn't change one damn thing. Not a thing. Everything in this film was, to my eye, perfect - casting, the camerawork, the excellent dialogue ("It's been emotional.")

Now I don't have much to compare this to, and I've heard some criticism that it basically draws quite heavily from older British crime dramas. I've got a bunch of these on my queue to rent, but I doubt you could make a crime film better than this.

This film oozes with style, class, dark humor, plot twists and turns, and doesn't drag one bit. The casting and characterization is perfect, and Ritchie isn't afraid to move the cameras around; no pretense is really made here at "realism" - Ritchie doesn't mask the fact that it's a film and he runs with it.

I really don't think of myself as easily impressed, and I have seen a hell of a lot of films in my time, but this one instantly made my Top 10 after only a single viewing. Yes, I'm raving about it, and while it may not be "spiritually enriching" or contain any deep sociological content (which I actually do look for in films), somehow it still scores as one hell of a film; memorable and entertaining, and stands up well to multiple viewings.

I am a bit dismayed to see some of the marketing of this film comparing it to other things like Quentin Tarantino films or Trainspotting. It really does it a disservice because this film really is its own phenomenon and stands on its own two feet; if anything it is similar to Trainspotting and Tarantino films only because it actually has its own bold style.

Can't recommend it enough.


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