Snatch

Snatch

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Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones

     
 

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Guy Ritchie's sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch revisits the previous film's territory of London's crime-ridden underbelly, and does so with the same brand of humor and stylish direction that made Ritchie's first effort a surprise success. With a labyrinthine plot that is ostensibly oriented around aSee more details below

Overview

Guy Ritchie's sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch revisits the previous film's territory of London's crime-ridden underbelly, and does so with the same brand of humor and stylish direction that made Ritchie's first effort a surprise success. With a labyrinthine plot that is ostensibly oriented around a missing diamond, Snatch introduces viewers to three groups of characters intent on retrieving the elusive stone, which has been stolen from an Antwerp jeweler. In the first group are friends and business partners Turkish (Jason Statham, who also supplies the film's voice-over narration) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who join up with Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy and boxer. Turkish and Tommy make arrangements with Mickey to take a fall in a match engineered by lunatic gang leader Brick Top (Alan Ford). In another corner resides equally loony Russian gangster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who has asked Jewish gangster Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to place a bet on the match for him. Boris is also scheming to have Sol (Lennie James), the owner of a pawn shop, rob the place with a couple of dim associates. Meanwhile, Avi (Dennis Farina), freshly arrived in London from New York, hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Franky when he goes missing; it seems that it was none other than Franky who was supposed to be transporting the purloined diamond to New York. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An anarchic black comedy teeming with eccentric characters, Snatch sports a plot that's almost perversely convoluted and a pace guaranteed to make your head spin. Set in a Runyanesque London underworld, the film hurls characters and events at viewers in dizzying succession; for what it's worth, Snatch is primarily about stolen diamonds, rigged prizefights, and man-eating pigs -- but not necessarily in that order. The ensemble cast includes, among others, Benecio Del Toro as an inept jewel thief, Brad Pitt as a wandering Irish boxer, Dennis Farina as an American gangster, and Rade Sherbedgia as a Russian hit man. Two shady promoters hire Pitt to throw a fight, while Farina comes to London in search of the diamond Del Toro stole, which is also coveted by Sherbedgia, who's been hired to...well, it's impossible to synopsize this movie. But suffice to say that director Guy Ritchie has crafted it along the same surrealistic lines as his earlier success, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He doesn't simply present scenes, he flings them at you with speed, energy, and visual pyrotechnics, virtually daring viewers to keep up with him. The bizarre inhabitants of Snatch's world bear considerable resemblance to characters from the old Dick Tracy comic strip, and their misadventures make for dazzling entertainment. The DVD edition includes a commentary by Ritchie, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, outtakes, storyboard-to-screen comparisons, photo gallery, cast-crew interviews, and production notes.
All Movie Guide - Derek Hill
Riffing off a multitude of caper films that had come before it, Guy Ritchie's second film, Snatch, manages to stay afloat and tread new territory of its own. As in Ritchie's first outing as a director, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch's strong points are its excellent ensemble cast; the cool, sharp, and very funny working-class London vernacular of its script; and the film's hyperkinetic, in-your-face style. What could easily have been its downfall -- MTV- and advertising-styled video techniques -- becomes in many ways the film's strongest element. Though occasionally a bit too slick for its own good, the film's imagery does help enhance and raise itself above its otherwise moribund genre. The performances are all great, especially Brad Pitt's role as an unintelligible Irish traveler. He almost single handedly steals the show. The film also contains arguably one of the best fight scenes since Scorsese's classic Raging Bull (1980).
Rolling Stone
Ritchie has a gift for lively dialogue and action. Yes, there's a Tarantino thrust to Ritchie's pulp fiction and a surreal Trainspotting spin to his camerawork, and his experience making music videos for German dance bands shows in the fast cuts and jagged pacing. But Ritchie's got something all his own: a go-for-broke energy that cuts through the cliches of the crime genre. Peter Travers
Washington Post
If stories don't happen fast, funny and powerful enough for you in the movies, push your way into the queue. This flick's for you. Desson Howe

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/03/2006
UPC:
0043396116948
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc One: Widescreen feature; Director/producer commentary; Stealing Stones feature option; Pikey subtitles; ; Disc Two: The making of Snatch; Deleted scenes with filmmakers commentary; Video photo gallery; Storyboard to film comparisons; Plus hidden extras!; ; Also includes an exclusive Snatch Poker Kit featuring a Snatch-dealer chip & deck of cards; Plus a Collectible Movie Scrapbook

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Benicio Del Toro Franky Four Fingers
Dennis Farina Avi
Vinnie Jones Bullet Tooth Tony
Brad Pitt Mickey O'Neil
Jason Flemyng Darren
Mike Reid Doug the Head
Jason Statham Turkish
Alan Ford Brick Top
Rade Serbedzija Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov
Robbie Gee Vinny
Lennie James Sol
Ewen Bremner Mullet
Stephen Graham Tommy
Adam Fogerty Gorgeous George

Technical Credits
Guy Ritchie Director,Screenwriter
Michael Dreyer Co-producer
Jon Harris Editor
Verity Hawkes Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Healey Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Peter Morton Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Angad Paul Executive Producer
David Reid Asst. Director
Trudie Styler Executive Producer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Matthew Vaughn Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Snatch - Deluxe Edition
1. Chapter 1 [3:51]
2. Chapter 2 [3:00]
3. Chapter 3 [2:31]
4. Chapter 4 [2:23]
5. Chapter 5 [:58]
6. Chapter 6 [:57]
7. Chapter 7 [2:42]
8. Chapter 8 [3:49]
9. Chapter 9 [2:26]
10. Chapter 10 [2:30]
11. Chapter 11 [4:44]
12. Chapter 12 [:54]
13. Chapter 13 [5:30]
14. Chapter 14 [3:11]
15. Chapter 15 [1:59]
16. Chapter 16 [6:59]
17. Chapter 17 [4:34]
18. Chapter 18 [5:52]
19. Chapter 19 [3:51]
20. Chapter 20 [4:48]
21. Chapter 21 [1:26]
22. Chapter 22 [4:10]
23. Chapter 23 [2:47]
24. Chapter 24 [2:57]
25. Chapter 25 [3:12]
26. Chapter 26 [5:49]
27. Chapter 27 [5:45]
28. Chapter 28 [8:49]

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