Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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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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23 December 2007 | brando647
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| Guy Ritchie's Hilarious Feature Debut
This is one seriously funny movie. I've probably seen it close to 10 times and it hasn't gotten old yet. Guy Ritchie brings us a hilarious look into the London criminal underground in one of his earliest features. The story revolves around four friends who become indebted to the local crime lord after a card game goes horribly wrong. The humor in this movie is sharp and fast-paced. At times, it becomes a little hard to keep up with the thick British accents and the cockney rhyming slang but overall, it doesn't detract from the movie. The movie keeps you guessing as to the outcome when the story becomes complex with multiple lies and double-crosses but the ending satisfies.

This film marks the debuts of two of England's coolest new actors: Jason Statham (who went on to do 'Transporter', among other movies) and Vinnie Jones (now a familiar cinema tough guy). Jones is especially good as Big Chris, debt collector/family man. The majority of the cast aren't common faces in America (aside from Sting) but they all have the charisma to keep the audience interested. Another plus is the film's soundtrack, ranging from reggae to 70's soul. It adds to the movie's already laid-back feel.

Everyone I've seen the movie with enjoys it (once they get past the thick accents, anyway) so I can say with confidence this is a fun movie. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good comedy and I feel this movie's humor hits more often than it misses. I'd recommend giving this movie a chance at least once and I don't think you'd be disappointed.

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Trivia

Madonna liked the film's soundtrack so much that she contacted Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn and asked if her label, Maverick, could release the film's soundtrack in the U.S. Ironically, Ritchie said she "wined and dined" them in Hollywood a few times, but that it was Vaughn she was romantically interested in, not him.


Quotes

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 ...


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)


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.


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.


Soundtracks

18 With A Bullet
Performed by
Pete Wingfield
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of The Polygram Commercial Marketing Division
Written by Pete Wingfield (as Peter Wingfield)
© 1974 Island Music Publishing

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Comedy | Crime

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