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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

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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:

GBP960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,321, 7 March 1999

Gross USA:

$3,753,929

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,753,929
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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

Nicholas Rowe was originally asked to read for Winston. See more »

Goofs

During the closing sequences of the film where Tom is seen wearing a woolen hat, his long hair is visible at the back in many shots. This is despite his character having short cropped hair throughout the rest of the film. (see trivia) 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

In the director's cut, theres also a scene prior to Big Chris coming in to Harry's when he'll be told about the boys' debt. The Baptist questions if Chris is loyal, and Harry tells a story and we see Big Chris knock 2 guys out in an elevator collecting a debt. See more »

Connections

References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Payback
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records Inc.
Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley and John Starks
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Watch this with subtitles, if you can
29 June 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels features a lot of local slang and Cockney accents and, while it is far from impossible to comprehend, you will be doing yourself a favour if you follow the dialogue in subtitles. In fact, even the unbearably annoying 'hard-of-hearing' option is welcomed. It follows a group of four very "working class" blokes as they try to help their friend Eddie (Nick Moran) get out of an enormous debt he amassed one night, playing high-roller with a local gang-boss that cheated. The lads resort to illegal ways to get the money, like ripping off their pot-selling next-door neighbours.

This is a really excellent film—entertaining; funny, exciting, and extremely realistic. The style is gorgeous. In fact, I have nothing bad at all to say about it except that it may not be everyone's cup of tea. You also have to be patient with it. That may have been my problem the first time I saw it because I can remember mixing up quite a few people when not paying attention.. Still, the realism of the situations make up for its occasionally slow pace and dialogue-driven plot. For instance, none of these working-class guys know how to handle a gun when they need to, and the result is hilarious. They're not goofy by any means, but they're just normal guys that struggle with the life of crime that they are forced to turn to in order to repay Eddie's debt. Also note the fantastic use of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges. 8/10


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