• RocknRolla
  • RocknRolla


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Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Guy Ritchie, Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton


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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative…  See more details below


Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie heads back to the London underworld for this hyperkinetic crime comedy concerning a shady land deal that leaves every schemer in the city determined to get rich or die trying. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a lucrative real estate scam, every criminal in London wants a piece of the action. Greed is the universal language, and everyone from unrelenting crime boss Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) to street-smart criminal One Two (Gerard Butler), corrupt accountant Stella (Thandie Newton), and unpredictable punk rocker Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) seem to speak it fluently. As the bullets start to fly and the double crosses multiply, there's no telling who will walk away with the fortune after the gun smoke has cleared. Jeremy Piven, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, and Quantum of Solace Bond girl Gemma Arterton co-star.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Nearly a decade after proving that lightning could indeed strike twice with Snatch -- his giddy, reputation-cementing follow-up to the landmark Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels -- it would seem that Guy Ritchie is finally starting to grow up. Sure, he's still got a good pint of piss in him, but in the wake of such box-office disasters as Swept Away and Revolver, he seems to finally understand that sometimes it pays to exercise a bit of restraint. In the past, the frantic, highly stylized credit sequence that opens RocknRolla would have been indicative of the rest of the movie, and Ritchie would probably have attempted to maintain that manic energy even as the actual story got under way. This tactic can easily backfire when not executed with Ritchie's own level of meticulous skill, but here, the director impresses us in a new way. By subsequently reining in his instincts to dazzle and instead simply allowing the story to get under way, Ritchie lets the audience get acquainted with the characters on their own terms, instead of simply overwhelming viewers with overblown, comic book-style archetypes. The result is a bit of a trade-off, because along with the style, Ritchie's outrageous sense of humor has also been substantially toned down. But while a few more laughs certainly would have benefited a film that favors quirky exchanges over full-blown action, there's still enough playfulness to keep the film from getting bogged down or boring -- by a long shot. As with the majority of Ritchie's most popular films, the actual plot is somewhat secondary to the manner in which it unfolds. At the center of RocknRolla is a shady land deal being brokered between powerful British gangster Lenny Cole (the compulsively watchable Tom Wilkinson) and his equally fearsome Russian counterpart, Uri (Karel Roden), an enormously wealthy London newcomer looking to cash in on the city's rapidly rising property values. Of course, in order to make such a deal happen, a substantial amount of cash will have to change hands -- a factor that leaves both of the high rollers susceptible to the scheming of one exceptionally creative underworld bookkeeper (Thandie Newton) and a resourceful gang of fearless street criminals known as "The Wild Bunch." Chief among this daring criminal collective is the handsome One Two (Gerard Butler), his best mate, Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy), and their trusted felonious friend Mumbles (Idris Elba). With his tenuous partnership with Lenny promising to make both men even more wealthy and powerful than they already are, Uri attempts to sweeten the deal by loaning his new business associate the "lucky painting" that has helped him through some complicated deals, but turns out to be the antithesis of its moniker when it goes missing from Lenny's office and the deal goes south. Meanwhile, junkie rock star Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) may hold the key to locating the painting -- if anyone could actually track him down to inquire about it. The papers have all been rife with stories of Johnny's recent death in a tragic boating accident, though no one who knows the volatile rocker is likely to believe such reports until presented with an actual corpse to back them up. As the Wild Bunch live up to their name by ripping off the wealthiest thugs in the city twice over, Lenny's grip on power begins to slip, and Uri becomes determined to track down his missing painting even if it means killing half the criminals in the London underworld. The fun of RocknRolla isn't so much in attempting to sort out all the complex details as they unfold at a typically rapid-fire Ritchie pace, but rather sitting back and enjoying the endless series of double-crosses, close calls, and playful interactions among the colorful cast of characters. Even more so than with Ritchie's previous work, those characters actually display a trace amount of depth, rather than simply delivering a series of clever one-liners. It seems to be as much a testament to Ritchie's faith in those characters as it is in his growth as a filmmaker; a revelatory scene between One Two and Handsome Bob early on pays off later down the line when we learn the actual depth of their longtime friendship, and a scene in which a strung-out Johnny Quid espouses the existential values of a simple pack of cigarettes hints that he even has more going on upstairs than the man who seems to control the entire city. Heady moments notwithstanding, when the action gets rolling during a late-film heist gone hilariously awry, there's little doubt that the man who delivered two of the most entertaining British gangster flicks of the last decade is still capable of marrying violence with humor in a way that few filmmakers can. When Ritchie is inspired, the results can be genuinely entertaining, and if RocknRolla is to be trusted, the director is relying less on his old bag of tricks and more on his expanding abilities as a storyteller -- not just a story stylist. Here's to hoping that, at least in Ritchie's case, maturity and inspiration aren't mutually exclusive.

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Product Details

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler Actor,One Two
Tom Wilkinson Actor,Lenny Cole
Thandie Newton Actor,Stella
Mark Strong Actor,Archy
Idris Elba Actor,Mumbles
Tom Hardy Actor,Handsome Bob
Toby Kebbell Actor,Johnny Quid
Karel Roden Uri Obamavich
Jeremy Piven Actor,Roman
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Actor,Mickey
Jimi Mistry Councillor
Matt King Cookie
Nonso Anozie Tank
Gemma Arterton June,Actor

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Bridgland Production Designer
Steve Clark-Hall Producer
Susan Downey Producer
Steve Clark Hall Producer
Suzie Hartman Costumes/Costume Designer
James Herbert Editor
David Higgs Cinematographer
Steve Isles Score Composer
Navid McIlhargey Executive Producer
Lauren Meek Associate Producer
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton Casting
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Joel Silver Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- RocknRoll
1. How Lenny Works [5:08]
2. Old School [3:38]
3. Meet The Accountant [3:45]
4. Runaround with Councillor [2:53]
5. Slapped with a Job [3:07]
6. Money Transfer [4:29]
7. Junkie Minds; The Payoff [5:12]
8. What Bob Wants [5:44]
9. Immersive Interrogation [4:52]
10. Shrink Time [5:31]
11. Think We're Gangsters [2:41]
12. I Run This Town [4:19]
13. Party Conversations [6:19]
14. Making a Complaint [2:52]
15. Something About Bob [2:29]
16. Worth More Dead [3:13]
17. Car Trouble [5:12]
18. Rush Of Russians [4:21]
19. Truth Splitting [6:11]
20. Picture Poachers [3:50]
21. Welcome/Unwelcome Visitors [3:47]
22. This a Bad Time? [2:54]
23. Beauty Is a Cruel Mistress [3:20]
24. All the Old Faces [4:48]
25. Dirty Sidney [2:28]
26. Johnny Calls the Shots [2:03]
27. Becoming Real [2:55]
28. End Credits [5:54]


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RocknRolla 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
A number of years ago young director Guy Ritchie changed mobster movies with his infectious LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and that twisted underbelly of London's crime population is back in full force with ROCKNROLLA. Ritchie's style - mixing rapid action, flashback explanations, loopy violence, wildly imaginative characters, and a near non-understandable collection of various accents from the British Isles coupled with an integral musical score - makes this tale of deceit, desperation, intrigue, vice in all forms, low on the food chain criminals at service in the line of polished professionals - a fast paced highly entertaining movie.

The script (yes, by Ritchie, too) combines narration with live conversation, a trait that can be distracting, but that in Ritchie's hands adds a layer of commentary and needed background that helps the viewer keep the many bits and pieces of plots screwed together. The Old School crime lord is played by Tom Wilkinson in a role far different from his previous roles. His nemesis is the New School crime lord Russian Uri (Karel Roden) with odd demands and a 'lucky painting' we never see. Gerard Butler pals with Idris Elba and the gay character Morne Botes in a back and forth series of thwarted attempts to gain status in the smarmy crime world headed by Wilkinson. The name character of Rocknrolla (pop star Johnny Quid) is well played by Toby Kebbell, Thandie Newton offers the touch of glamour as a twisted accountant, and Jeremy Piven, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), Jimi Mistry and narrator/star Archie (Mark Strong) pull it all together.

This film definitely has an audience for those who appreciate the skills of Ritchie as writer/director. For others, it may be a bit hard to follow the technique of dishing out this tangled tale. Grady Harp
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces. Anyway, while this was good to okay at times, the pacing seemed a little long. Basically it was okay but has its moments.
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RocknRolla is another hit for Guy Richie. Great characters, great action, and some very sexy scenes. Don't miss this one !!!
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Aiming_For_Cuteness More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that you'll either love or hate, however I found it to be quite entertaining because it all revolves around a painting that is never seen and Gerard Butler is one of the dumbest criminals I've ever seen but still love him. Good for laughs and that's about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By all of the positive press surrounding this film as Richie's return to form after Revolver and the God-awful Swept Away, I must say I was really let down by Rocknrolla. I was hoping the wizz-bang kid who brought us Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch had returned from creative exile to dazzle us again. Unfortunately, it seems he still has a bit of fine tuning to do. It wasn't the plot, which was typically twisty and wild. It wasn't the dialogue, which snapped, crackled, and popped the way his first two films did. But it seemed to lack the overall splashy pinache of his best work. Gone are the ground-breakingly insane jumpy edits, wipes, and split screens. The head-spinning camera moves and mad-capped zanniness seems to be lost as well. Rocknrolla seemed like a more refined Richie caper which is really a bummer. I waited and waited for the bit of the old uber-violence, but was saddly let down. It felt as though we were watching a middle aged man's idea of cool and that's heart breaking coming for this guy. If this film is lacking one major ingredient that made his first two so fantastic it can be summed up in a word: fun. Perhaps next time he'll let his freak flag fly once again and knock us on our bums. Until then, stick to his first two...
bonzie12 More than 1 year ago
Well, I have to say I really didn't like this movie but bought it because I am an avid Gerry Butler fan and I wanted to add it to my DVD collection. Can't get into these foreign films for some reason.