An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

Director:

Guy Ritchie

Writers:

Guy Ritchie (story by), Ivan Atkinson (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Michael Pearson
Charlie Hunnam ... Ray
Michelle Dockery ... Rosalind Pearson
Jeremy Strong ... Matthew
Lyne Renée ... Jackie
Colin Farrell ... Coach
Henry Golding ... Dry Eye
Tom Wu ... Lord George
Chidi Ajufo ... Bunny
Hugh Grant ... Fletcher
Simon R. Barker Simon R. Barker ... Frazier (as Simon Barker)
Eddie Marsan ... Big Dave
Jason Wong ... Phuc
John Dagleish ... Hammy
Jordan Long ... Barman
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Storyline

A talented American graduate of Oxford, using his unique skills, and audacity, creates a marijuana empire using the estates of impoverished British aristocrats. However, when he tries to sell his empire to a fellow American billionaire, a chain of events unfolds, involving blackmail, deception, mayhem and murder between street thugs, Russian oligarchs, Triad gangsters and gutter journalists. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Criminal. Class.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexual references and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To help with his long, monologue-heavy shoots, Hugh Grant wrote a cheat sheet. The night before he was scheduled to shoot, his car was broken into. The robber took his script and the cheat sheet, so Grant needed to go without them. See more »

Goofs

About 16+ min. into the film: to illustrate how small Britain is, its territory is overlaid onto a map of North America. The Canadian province of New Brunswick (NB) is colour-coded as if it belongs to the United States. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Pearson: Making a splash with the gentry.
Matthew: Oh, I like to make a splash whenever possible.
Mickey Pearson: Well, you also seem to understand the significance of a proper attire.
Matthew: Indeed I do. I believe a sense of ownership is vital in every aspect of life, perhaps never more so than when it comes to wardrobe. For every look there is a season, and for every season a strategy.
Fletcher: [voice over] Now starts the alpha dance. They're not really talking about clothes, Raymond. Oh, f**king no. They're like a pair of old doggies sniffing ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits scroll for about one minute. After that, the full uncensored music video for the in-film song "Box in the Bush" by the Toddlers plays on one side of the screen, with the credits on the other side. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Gentlemen (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Written by RZA (as Robert Diggs), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell T. Jones)
Performed by El Michels Affair
Courtesy of Fat Beat Records
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Ritchie returns to the crime genre and does so masterfully
1 January 2020 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

Has there ever been a bad performance in a Guy Ritchie movie? If there has I haven't noticed it. He has an ornate ability to take average actors and make them great, and to take already great actors and get even more out of them. There are a few directors around who specialise in this but Ritchie is right near the top. The cast in 'The Gentlemen' is admittedly fantastic, but it doesn't change the fact that they are an absolute treat to watch. Matthew McConaughey is in his element in a role that he was born to play, Charlie Hunnam plays one of the coolest characters I've seen perfectly, Colin Farrell is hilarious and ridiculously cool as well and then Hugh Grant gives one of the best performances I've ever seen from him. In fact Grant was so good I didn't even recognise his voice and had to wonder if they'd dubbed it. They hadn't, he'd just nailed it.

The style this movie possesses is just so much fun to watch. If you've seen any of Ritchie's previous similar films ('Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', 'Snatch', 'RocknRolla') then you know what I'm talking about. The pacing moves at lightning speed, the dialogue is quick, clever and deeper than you first realise and the conflict is always multi-layered. This one is actually told in quite a unique way with a couple of characters going over events that have already happened and it works masterfully. It breaks the story up and gives room for creativity in the story-telling process and also humour.

Every time I see that Ritchie has made a movie that isn't a crime-thriller I get a little disappointed. It's not that the other stuff he's doing is bad ('Swept Away' being an obvious exception), it's just that he is so damn good as this style of movie. He's the best in the business and if he only did these for the rest of his career I'd be a very happy man. This is an excellent movie well worth your time and money.


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Release Date:

24 January 2020 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,651,884, 26 January 2020

Gross USA:

$36,471,795

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,171,795
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