Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran

     
 

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British writer Guy Ritchie made his feature directorial debut with this crime-caper comedy-drama set in London's East End and heavy on the Cockney dialogue (with one scene in subtitled Cockney rhyming slang). A big-bucks scheme goes awry: Cardsharp Eddy (Nick Moran) and pals Bacon (Jason Statham), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) scuffle to pile up… See more details below

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British writer Guy Ritchie made his feature directorial debut with this crime-caper comedy-drama set in London's East End and heavy on the Cockney dialogue (with one scene in subtitled Cockney rhyming slang). A big-bucks scheme goes awry: Cardsharp Eddy (Nick Moran) and pals Bacon (Jason Statham), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Soap (Dexter Fletcher) scuffle to pile up enough money to put Eddy at the card table opposite gangland porn lord Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Unfortunately, the whole plan backfires, leaving Eddy owing Harry a huge sum, payable within the week. In truth, Harry hopes to acquire the bar run by his rival, J.D. (Sting), who is Eddy's father. To raise the cash, Eddy sets out to steal from a marijuana business run by Winston (Steven Mackintosh), but the inevitable gunplay doesn't make for an easy heist. World premiere at the 1998 Edinburgh Film Festival (Focus on British Cinema).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Guy Ritchie's directorial debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a work of artistic originality as well as an accurate portrayal of life as an Eastender. A rabid, farcical look at gangsters in East End London, it contains mayhem at the center of every scene and gains additional intensity from the slow-motion technique Ritchie employs in many of his death sequences. Ritchie's manipulation of these sequences forces his audience to experience the full pain of the events by seeing every detail frame by frame, something particularly apparent in the director's handling of the boxing-ring poker game that catalyses the story. A series of different angles and techniques convey the pressure each character at the table is feeling, and the use of slow motion makes it impossible for the audience to ignore the pain and anguish that Eddy (expertly played by Nick Moran) must feel when he realizes he is losing a lot of money. One major criticism of Lock, Stock, however, is the tired exploitation of Northern people as comic relief; Ritchie's colloquialism-filled script creates the feeling of London's gangster-ridden East End, but the stereotyping of two bumbling Liverpool thieves adds nothing new or creative to British cinema. In general, while the accents make it difficult to pick up much of Ritchie's subtle dialogue, the film is a rollercoaster experience of action, death, and deception that is definitely worth seeing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
UPC:
0044005939132
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Polygram Usa Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Flemyng Tom
Dexter Fletcher Soap
Nick Moran Eddy
Jason Statham Bacon
Steven Mackintosh Winston
Vinnie Jones Big Chris
Sting J.D.
Lenny McLean Barry the Baptist
P.H. Moriarty Hatchet Harry
Steve Sweeney Plank
Frank Harper Dog
Stephen Marcus Nick the Greek
Peter McNicholl Little Chris
Vas Blackwood Rory Breaker
Jake Abraham Dean
Stephen Callender-Ferrier Lenny
Suzy Ratner Gloria
Danny John-Jules Bartender

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Casting,Screenwriter
Iain Andrews Production Designer
Stephanie Collie Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Cool Music Ltd. Musical Direction/Supervision
Nicola Fletcher Musical Direction/Supervision
Celestia Fox Casting
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Niven Howie Editor
David A. Hughes Score Composer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Georgina Masters Co-producer
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Eve Mavrakis Production Designer
Peter Morton Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Angad Paul Executive Producer
Sebastian Pearson Associate Producer
David Reid Asst. Director
Jan Roldanus Associate Producer
Trudie Styler Executive Producer
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Matthew Vaughn Producer

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