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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 28 August 1998 (UK)
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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.

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Guy Ritchie

Writer:

Guy Ritchie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Tom
Dexter Fletcher ... Soap
Nick Moran ... Eddy
Jason Statham ... Bacon
Steven Mackintosh ... Winston
Nicholas Rowe ... J
Nick Marcq Nick Marcq ... Charles
Charles Forbes Charles Forbes ... Willie (as Charlie Forbes)
Vinnie Jones ... Big Chris
Lenny McLean ... Barry The Baptist
Peter McNicholl Peter McNicholl ... Little Chris
P.H. Moriarty ... Hatchet Harry
Frank Harper ... Dog
Steve Sweeney ... Plank
Huggy Leaver Huggy Leaver ... Paul
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Storyline

Four Jack-the-lads find themselves heavily - seriously heavily - in debt to an East End hard man and his enforcers after a crooked card game. Overhearing their neighbours in the next flat plotting to hold up a group of out-of-their-depth drug growers, our heros decide to stitch up the robbers in turn. In a way the confusion really starts when a pair of antique double-barrelled shotguns go missing in a completely different scam. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£941,638 (United Kingdom), 30 August 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,897,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,356,188
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lenny McLean was a famous bare knuckle boxer before he became an actor. See more »

Goofs

Just before Plank gets shot in the neck with the air rifle, he is looking to his right with the left side of his neck exposed. But when he is shot, the close-up shows him holding the right side of his neck. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bacon: Right. Let's sort the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who trust me from the ones who don't, because if you can't see value here today, you're not up here shopping. You're up here shoplifting. You see these goods? Never seen daylight, moonlight, Israelite. Fanny by the gaslight. Take a bag, c'mon take a bag. I took a bag home last night. Cost me a lot more than ten pound, I can tell you. Anyone like jewelry? Look at that one there. Handmade in Italy, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the character names in the cast list are shown entirely in lower-case letters with no initial capital letters. See more »

Alternate Versions

New footage included in director's cut:
  • at the very start of film, Ed is shown explaining the rules of 3 Card Brag to two people;
  • the scene where Big Chris goes to see the man on the sunbed is longer
  • Tom, Soap and Bacon are shown walking through the pub to the bar while Ed is playing cards
  • the earlier stages of the card game are shown
  • Alan explains to Ed the "history" between JD and Harry
  • when Barry is talking to the two scousers the dialogue is different
  • when Big Chris is walking into Harry's office near the end, he meets the man who was on the sunbed near the start of the film.
  • when Ed is being interviewed by the police you see him finishing explaining the rules of 3 Card Brag to them (as seen at very start)
  • just before the credits, you see Soap telling a whole joke in the car when they are coming back from the job
  • three outtakes are shown during the credits: one with Soap telling a joke, the next where Barry asks one of the scouser's for an ice cream and one where a guy runs onto the set.
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Connections

References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Your Dog
Performed by The Stooges
Courtesy of Warner Special Products / Warner Music UK Ltd.
Written by Iggy Pop (as James Osterberg Jr.), Scott Asheton, Ron Asheton,
David Alexander
© Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Stooge Staffel Music
By kind permission of Warner / Chappell Music Ltd
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Comedy Noir well done
15 February 2000 | by ExtraCrispy-2See all my reviews

I'm not sure whether to call this a black comedy or a comedy-noir. The story is about four working class lads who have each managed to save up 25,000 pounds to spot their card-shark friend for a high-stakes poker game with "Hatchet" Harry, the local gangster.

Unfortunately, Harry's game is rigged and the four end up owing Harry half a million pounds, with just one week to come up with the cash. What ensues is a set of schemes, counter-schemes, rip-offs, and bad/good luck that demand you pay attention. On several occasions I had to pause the video just to take stock of which gang was planning what.

The final thirty minutes of the film, as the plots all collide and overlap, turn set-piece shoot outs into comedic punchlines. The comedy is driven by exploding our expectations of what are otherwise pretty standard scenes from the film-noir genre.

The acting is strong and the script very tight. Although I am not normally a fan of voice overs, this one informs without spoiling the action. And I liked the use of the slow-motion to disrupt the action and keep me paying attention.

While this film may not be for everyone, if you enjoy a darker pallette, this may be right up your alley.


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