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.
A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.
Robert De Niro,
Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets badly beaten by Mickey, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Mickey not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog.Written by
Brad Pitt was initially thrown by the British cast and crew's predilection for using the word "cunt" with such abandon. He soon wore down his resistance and joined in. See more »
When Uncle Avi is flying to London, and his passport gets stamped by an immigration officer, the stamp has a date on it, but apparently it's a simple rubber stamp, so the date can't be changed. See more »
My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash. That's Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.
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In the opening credits, the names are shown on the surveillance screens. See more »
UK R2 Special Edition DVD features six deleted scenes:
Turkish and Tommy go to a pub to meet Brick Top for the first time;
Sol and Vinnie try to open Franky Four Fingers' briefcase before Boris the Blade comes to pick it up. They finally get Franky to open it and he manages to get the gun Boris gave him out of it, but the gun doesn't work;
Errol and John (Brick Top's henchmen) go talk to Mullet to find out who robbed the bookies;
Bullet Tooth Tony and Avi go to Brick-Top's pub to meet him. Tony has a beef with Errol has to draw a sword to keep Brick Top's henchmen them at bay;
Brick Top tries to sell Avi the diamond that Sol and Vinny gave him. Avi examines the stone and immediately figures out it's a fake (the same one Lincoln tried to pawn at the beginning of the movie). He throws it into a wall, where it smashes into little pieces. Meanwhile Sol and Vinny, who are locked into Brick Top's office, keep arguing and trying to escape;
Vinny and Sol go to the pikeys' camp to find the dog and ask Mickey if he's seen him, but the dog's not there.
First off, Snatch is an amazing movie in every sense of the word. There are very few movies made where the director obviously did not let one FRAME onto the screen without a reason, and Snatch is one of them. Nothing happens onscreen without it having an effect on the plot.
By now you know the plot, or plots. We follow a diamond-heist and the various characters trying to get theirs, at the same time following participants in an illegal boxing ring. The incredible part of the movie is how every scene ties in with the rest somehow, every character connects with the rest at least once.
There are complaints that the movie is confusing, or muddled. There are a lot of things that they don't tell you (such as what the dog has to do with anything, but he's a VERY important character), and that's a good thing. Too many movies force feed the audience its plot points (Think The Ring vs. Ringu, did we need the "How long could you survive down there all alone?" line?). Rather, we just watch occurrences, and have to piece together what ties everything together, the plot weaves together beautifully.
The cinematography and performances are fantastic as well. Even the soundtrack is perfect. The camera style during the fight scenes (slowdown/stop/go) makes it difficult to stop watching, the sound effects fit in quietly in the background without being overwhelming. And it will be IMPOSSIBLE to watch this movie without repeating many of the lines around your friends. I found myself saying "Zee Germans" and things like "It's not like he's a set of car keys, now is it?" quite a bit. Naturally, Brad Pitt's pikey is one of the most outlandish I've ever seen.
Summary: watch the movie, and don't expect to be TOLD everything, expect to have to pay attention.
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