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The movie was dedicated to Lenny McLean, who played Barry the Baptist. He died of cancer exactly one month before the movie's debut in England.
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Jason Statham has in real life worked as a street vendor, similar to the character he plays in the opening of the movie.
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The scene where Nick the Greek breaks the glass in the coffee table was not in the original script. It was, in fact, an accident that happened during filming and was written in by Guy Ritchie as an afterthought.
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On Vinnie Jones' first day of filming, he had just been released from police custody - he had been arrested for beating up his neighbor.
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This was Jason Statham's film debut.
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Lenny McLean was a famous bare knuckle boxer before he became an actor.
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Film debut of Vinnie Jones.
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The football commentary in the pub mentions both writer/director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn as players.
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The scene where Ed forgot to bring the guns to the robbery was added because someone forgot to bring the props to the set.
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The ending to the film was altered some time after filming had been completed which is why Tom is wearing a woolen cap pulled low down - Jason Flemyng had grown his hair in the intervening period and did not want to shave it short again. (See also goofs)
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Of the 44 speaking parts in the film, 17 were played by people who had never acted before.
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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.
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The film was having trouble finding an American distributor when Trudie Styler called an acquaintance of hers - Tom Cruise. He attended a screening and loved the film. Matthew Vaughn later recalled, "It was hysterical. You had all these mid-level executives sitting there, and Cruise walked in. He saw them all sit up and pay attention, all getting on their phones, and suddenly all these senior executives joined the screening ... At the end, Tom got up in front of everyone and said 'This is the best movie I've seen in years, you guys would be fools not to buy it.'"
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When Nick the Greek and Tom are haggling over the price of the stereo, Nick says "All right, all right, keep your Alans on!" The "Alans" in question is cockney rhyming slang, short for Alan Whicker: Alan Whicker=Knickers.
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The word "fuck" is used 125 times.
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The character of Big Chris was allegedly based on real life ex-gangster Dave Courtney.
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The music that plays just before Hatchet Harry shoots Gary with the antique shotgun is from For a Few Dollars More (1965). It's from a pocket watch that Del Indio would play, and when the music stopped he would draw and shoot someone.
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According to the screenplay, Bacon got his name, because as a youth he spent so much time in police stations, people thought he was one of them.
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Jason Flemyng later claimed to have lost so much money while playing poker with the film's backers in between takes on set that he had to work on the four days of re-shoots the film required for no fee.
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The film uses mainly shades of yellow, brown, and grey, as if the colour film stock were old and weathered.
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Body count: 16
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Madonna liked the film's soundtrack so much that she contacted Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn and asked if her label, Maverick, could release the film's soundtrack in the U.S. Ironically, Ritchie said she "wined and dined" them in Hollywood a few times, but that it was Vaughn she was romantically interested in, not him.
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Big Chris's line to Dog as he slams his head in the car door is "Never, ever in my life, has anyone been as fucking rude to me, as you, Dog! Fucking bastard!"
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The bar that is used as J.D.'s bar in the movie is really called Vic Naylors, it is exactly as it is seen in the film (apart from the sign on the front of course). It is situated in an area of London called Farringdon and is opposite the old Smithfield meat market.
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Stephen Marcus was originally cast as Tom, hence why the character is constantly referred to as fat.
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Trudie Styler was the one who found the screenplay in the 1990s and was instrumental in getting it made. What she didn't love was the presentation: "It wasn't an easy read," she said. "It was a very long, rambling screenplay with terrible typos, and really poorly presented." Her husband, Sting, appears in the film.
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The "Botheby's" catalogue, in which the two antique shotguns are listed, is a parody of esteemed British auction house "Sotheby's".
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In several scenes "Nick the Greek" is referred to as "Nick the Bubble". This is truncated Cockney rhyming slang; "Bubble and Squeak" = "Greek". In the 1960 Peter Sellers film Two Way Stretch (1960), someone refers to an unseen character "Nick the Bubble".
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According to Nick Moran a professional magician was initially hired to do close-up shootings of various gambler's tricks. As it turned out, however, that person's hands were larger by far than Moran's and the footage was of no use. In the end, Moran resorted to learning a few tricks himself (coin flipping, card shuffling). These are the only ones that made it to the final cut.
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Vinnie Jones claimed that he was the first actor to be cast, as Big Chris was described in the script as "looking like the English footballer Vinnie Jones"..
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In the starting scene, Bacon says : 'Too late, too late' will be the cry, when the man with the bargains has passed you by. In Elementary (2012), Vinnie Jones, delivers a version of Bacon's dialogue, "'Too late, too late' will be the cry, when the lady with the bag passes by" to Sherlock Holmes.
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According to Dexter Fletcher, while Eddy is a card shark, Nick Moran is a terrible card player in real life.
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Stephen Marcus' favourite scene is the one between Tom and Nick the Greek at the slot machine. He and Jason Flemyng improvised the scene.
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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.
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Ray Winstone was originally offered the role of Hatchet Harry.
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According to editor Niven Howie, the scene with the lads drunkenly celebrating the robbery was originally shorter. When test audiences named it as their favourite scene, he went back and made it longer.
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The first scene shot was the game of Three Card Brag between Eddy and Hatchet Harry.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Jason Flemyng joked that he was the poshest person onset, as everyone else had criminal records.
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Supermodel Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Eddie's girlfriend. She completed filming but was later edited out after negative test screenings.
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According to Stephen Marcus, the row of televisions in Rory Breaker's office took three hours to arrive and two hours to set up. Then, to Guy Ritchie's annoyance, they played American football rather than the English kind due to an issue with Sky Sports.
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According to Dexter Fletcher, before the film came out, fashion designer Ozwald Boateng contacted him, Nick Moran, Jason Statham and Jason Flemyng about modelling suits for a fashion show he was putting on. They accepted and the place went wild.
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Model Laura Bailey filmed scenes as Eddie's love interest. This major plotline was only removed after filming had been completed.
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Production was completed in eight months.
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Even though they did not share a single scene in this film, 18 years earlier, P.H. Moriarty and Dexter Fletcher did share a brief scene in The Long Good Friday (1980). Dexter was the little boy who was watching Bob Hoskins' car and Moriarty was 'Razors' Hoskin's driver/henchmen. 'Alan Ford' had a small part in the film as one of Hoskins' henchmen.
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This is the second film that P.H. Moriarty and Sting both appeared in - the other being Quadrophenia (1979).
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Stephen Marcus originally tried to act with a Greek accent, but it ended up sounding like Harry Enfield's Stavros character. In the end, he played Nick without a Greek accent.
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According to Vas Blackwood his "shistos, pesevengi, gamouri" line wasn't in the script. He drew on having Greek friends. There were two versions written and both were filmed.
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The film was parodied in the BBC sketch comedy show The Fast Show (1994).
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Vera Day, who plays Tanya the dealer, bears a striking resemblance to the character of Lady Fingers in the famous film The Cincinnati Kid (1965), a classic about a young card pro who takes on a older foe.
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Ross Boatman turned down a starring role in the film, as he did not wish to be typecast following his appearance in Hard Men (1996).
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According to Tim Maurice-Jones, Dexter Fletcher nurtured the younger actors, due to him having more experience.
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Dexter Fletcher originally wanted to play Tom.
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Guy Ritchie mentioned in an interview that he wanted Lewis Collins for Barry the Baptist.
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Barry the Baptist uses a hatchet as a weapon in one scene and he is the enforcer of Hatchet Harry.
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The name of the character Nick the Greek is a nod to the famous quote "Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts", which means "Don't Trust Your Enemies". Which is an allusion to the story of the wooden horse of Troy, used by the Greeks to trick their way into the city. In the film, Nick the Greek is a fencer, a criminal whom knowingly buys stolen property for later resale.
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Nicholas Rowe was originally asked to read for Winston.
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Cameo 

Matthew Vaughn: The film's producer appears as the yuppie dragged out of the car by Dog.
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Tim Maurice-Jones: the film's cinematographer appears as the man being drowned by Barry the Baptist.
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Danny John-Jules: Bartender.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Big Chris is beating Dog to death with the car door, Vinnie Jones was actually slamming the door into a pile of wood. Dexter Fletcher recalled that Guy Ritchie told him to "scare the shit out of the cameraman". Everyone was in stunned terrified silence when the scene was over.
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The film's original ending had the four lads walking off with the money, with Big Chris and his son about to follow them to retrieve it. This was changed due to negative test screenings. According to Nick Moran, Guy Ritchie scrambled a new ending on the back of a cigarette packet.
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A scene was filmed, but was cut which revealed a backstory behind Hatchet Harry's motive for rigging the card game and have Eddie lose and owe him $500,000 and steal JD's bar for himself. After JD punches Eddie in the face, Alan tells Eddie that JD and Harry played a card game over 2 days and schemed to put JD in trouble with debt. But, Harry suffered a heart attack and JD bought the bar with the betting money and didn't play again since and Harry has sought a way of seeking revenge upon JD and Eddie has given Harry his shot at revenge and that if Harry doesn't kill him, JD will and that JD is not happy with Eddie over losing the card game with Harry.
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Although the main antagonist is called Hatchet Harry, Hatchet Harry does not kill anyone in the film using a hatchet as a weapon. In the film he kills 2 people, but with 2 different weapons. He kills Smithy Robinson with a rubber dildo and he kills Kenny with a loaded shotgun. And yet, Barry the Baptist kills Gary with a hatchet.
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