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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character Uri (Karel Roden) appears to be inspired by real-life Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. He physically resembles Abramovich and conducts a business meeting at a soccer stadium which echoes Abramovich's status as owner of Chelsea FC. See more »

Goofs

When Uri visits his accountant's house, he arrives in a silver S Class Mercedes Benz. Moments later, when his bodyguard is shown waiting outside, he is sitting in a black Audi A8. 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

References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Negra Leono
Written by Nico Saquito
1942 by Peer International Corporation (BMI)
Peermusic (UK) LTD., Lonodon
Performed by Miguelito Valdés
Licensed Courtesy of Polydor Inc.
Under License from Universal Music Operations
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Guy Ritchie did it again
14 October 2008 | by barrys82See all my reviews

After some failures in his career as a director, Guy Ritchie is back with a fast paced, frenetic movie. A film about a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London?s criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick. The story is interesting and the plot is very well developed. Its a film with lots of action and adventure, it has also a very good amount of black humor, characteristic from Ritchie's movies, and full of twists and an unexpected ending.The direction from Ritchie is excellent, the first hour might be a little slow but from the second hour till the end the movie takes a very fast rhythm and the fast forwards and slow motions increases the intensity of the movie. The cast is amazing, Gerard Butler gives a formidable performance, Thandie Newton also very good, Tom Wilkinson flawless as always and the secondary roles from Toby Kebbell (Johnny Quid), Idris Elba (Mumbles) and Mark Strong (Archie) gave the movie a very good support. In conclusion, RocknRolla is a entertaining movie you will enjoy and that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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