Eddy persuades his three pals to pool money for a vital poker game against a powerful local mobster, Hatchet Harry. Eddy loses, after which Harry gives him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds.

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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

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A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Lenny McLean was ill during filming with what he believed was the flu. After filming had ended he was hospitalized and initially told that he had pleurisy. However, tests revealed that he had lung cancer which had metastasized to his brain. See more »

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Dog closes his eye a fraction of a second before the Bren gun is fired while in the cage. 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

In the director's cut, theres also a scene prior to Big Chris coming in to Harry's when he'll be told about the boys' debt. The Baptist questions if Chris is loyal, and Harry tells a story and we see Big Chris knock 2 guys out in an elevator collecting a debt. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Red Dwarf (2004) See more »

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Police and Thieves
Performed by Junior Murvin
Courtesy of Island Records Inc.
Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by Junior Murvin and Lee 'Scratch' Perry
© 1977 Island Music Ltd.
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Comedy Noir well done
15 February 2000 | by ExtraCrispy-2See all my reviews

I'm not sure whether to call this a black comedy or a comedy-noir. The story is about four working class lads who have each managed to save up 25,000 pounds to spot their card-shark friend for a high-stakes poker game with "Hatchet" Harry, the local gangster.

Unfortunately, Harry's game is rigged and the four end up owing Harry half a million pounds, with just one week to come up with the cash. What ensues is a set of schemes, counter-schemes, rip-offs, and bad/good luck that demand you pay attention. On several occasions I had to pause the video just to take stock of which gang was planning what.

The final thirty minutes of the film, as the plots all collide and overlap, turn set-piece shoot outs into comedic punchlines. The comedy is driven by exploding our expectations of what are otherwise pretty standard scenes from the film-noir genre.

The acting is strong and the script very tight. Although I am not normally a fan of voice overs, this one informs without spoiling the action. And I liked the use of the slow-motion to disrupt the action and keep me paying attention.

While this film may not be for everyone, if you enjoy a darker pallette, this may be right up your alley.


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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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