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RocknRolla (2008)

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In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

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Guy Ritchie

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Guy Ritchie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... One Two
Tom Wilkinson ... Lenny Cole
Thandie Newton ... Stella
Mark Strong ... Archy
Idris Elba ... Mumbles
Tom Hardy ... Handsome Bob
Karel Roden ... Uri Omovich
Toby Kebbell ... Johnny Quid
Jeremy Piven ... Roman
Ludacris ... Mickey (as Chris Bridges)
Jimi Mistry ... Councillor
Matt King ... Cookie
Geoff Bell ... Fred the Head
Dragan Micanovic ... Victor
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Pete
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Storyline

Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of sex, thugs and rock 'n roll.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | France

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rokenrola See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,565,439 (United Kingdom), 7 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,701, 12 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,694,401, 21 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,739,015, 12 August 2012
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the movie, Cookie mentions "his twins", and that he is avoiding taking them fishing. Matt King's character Super Hans on the sitcom Peep Show (2003), also has twins, whom he mentions only once, and it is implied that he neglects. See more »

Goofs

During the flashback to Johnny's childhood, Lenny switches off his stereo. As he switches it off, he pushes the top part of the stereo out of place. When the camera pans back out, we can see that the stereo is back in the correct position. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Archie: People ask the question... what's a RocknRolla? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, others the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh, he's different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene in the closing credits: the complete scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.27 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mirror in the Bathroom
(Everett Morton (as Morton) / David Steele (as Steele) / David Wakeling (as Wakeling) / Roger Charlery (as Charlery) / Andy Cox (as Cox))
Published by Warner Chappel Music LTD
used by Kind Permission of Warner Chappel Music
Performed by The Beat
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK LTD
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Incredibly funny and yet very powerful.. Guy Ritchie has done it again!!
7 September 2008 | by Gajendra BishtSee all my reviews

This is a typical Guy Ritchie film. With a wide range of characters and some very powerful performances to random shots making you wonder where the story is headed but just in time to converge in one final showdown leaving you with just word.. WOW!! I can't help but compare it to SNATCH..as they are similar in so many ways...but SNATCH was much more intense, funny and a better script.

Some very fine performances from Gerard Butler from 300, Tom Wilkinson from Michael Clayton but what really surprised me was outstanding performance by Toby Kebbell. His subtle dialogue and crazy laughter really spells horror and magic at the same time. The story takes you through the world of mafia and spins all dramatic sequences with blood, deceit and loads of humor. The scene where Gerard and his gang escape from the two Russian militants... that scene made me laugh like crazy.

I just loved this movie and i can't wait to see the sequel.


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