Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1999

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a grimy, twisted, and funny twist on the Tarantino hip gangster formula.

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Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Harry cheats and Eddy loses, giving him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds or hand over his father's pub. Desperate, Eddy and his friends wait for their neighbors to rob some drug dealers, then rob the robbers in turn. After both thefts, the number of interested criminal parties increases, with the four friends in dangerously over their heads.

Cast & Crew

Sting
JD
Lenny McLean
Barry the Baptist
P.H. Moriarty
Hatchet Harry
Stephen Marks
Executive Producer
Peter Morton
Executive Producer
Angad Paul
Executive Producer
Trudie Styler
Executive Producer
Steve Tisch
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David A. Hughes
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John Murphy
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  • Jul 14, 2015
    A fittingly stylish debut from Guy Ritchie with a strong ensemble cast and a twisty, sharp-witted script.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    I like the work of Guy Ritchie as a director, and because I missed previously his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I decided to watch this British crime comedy thriller (written by him as well) and enjoy his recognizable style. The story of a heist film involving a self-confident young card sharp who loses £500,000 to a powerful crime lord in a rigged game of three card brag wasn't too exciting at the start and when he and his friends decided to rob a small-time gang who happen to be operating of the flat next door in order to pay off his debts, the things started picking up. Witnessing an avalanche of unexpected events was fun with a team of uniquely likable characters and it was expectable that this film brought Guy Ritchie international acclaim and introduced actors Vinnie Jones, a former Wales international footballer, and Jason Statham, a former street merchant, to worldwide audiences. I still think that RocknRolla was much better and not as cartoonish as this one, but many people will disagree with such an opinion. I enjoyed Sting?s performance as JD, Eddy?s father, even if he was there thanks only to his wife Trudie Styler who was an executive producer on the film. I should mention excellently played role of Barry "the Baptist" - played by Lenny McLean also known as "The Guv'nor" after becoming the country's top bare-knuckle fighter. McLean became ill during filming, but believed he was only suffering from a lingering case of the flu. McLean died of brain and lung cancer on 28 July 1998, just before the film was released. Producers quickly changed billboards and posters to feature Lenny McLean as a tribute, even though Barry was only a supporting character. I will suggest this as a good viewing for everyone who likes fast-paced romp with violence (any sort), gangsters, big money, drugs... as well as short moments of complexity and smartness.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2013
    From writer/director Guy Ritchie comes the incredibly entertaining British crime film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. When a group of friends end up in debt to a mobster, they plan to rob a local gang that lives next door to them in order to get the money that they owe. The writing is pretty good, and does an excellent job at creating interesting characters and a clever plot. The dialog is also rather witty and colorful, and the humor is especially sharp. However, the directing is weak, as are the soundtrack and score. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has some flaws, but it's a lot of fun and has plenty of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2012
    Before the greatness that was Snatch, Guy Ritchie made Lock, Stock. Similar in plot, writing, and characters to Snatch, one would think that this one would be great as well. And great it is, although not to the extent of Snatch. Lock, Stock starts off a little rough and not as smoothly (or crazily, however you put it) as its successor. The first 15 minutes or so is generally spent introducing the characters and loosely following any sort of plot. There is a lot of characters that aren't very unique in their own ways, and your mind gets a little numb trying to remember their relevance to the story. Having so many characters and plot lines makes this story a little more difficult to follow than Snatch.(I'm comparing the two a little much, but they're too similar to avoid comparison) The lighting is also rather annoying. It makes it difficult to see some scenes and while it does add a great visual style to the film, it makes it a little difficult to see and take in the settings. The flaws basically end right there. The rest of the film is wonderfully chaotic and pure fun. The dialog is extremely entertaining and infinitely quotable. Most of the cast does a fine job, each giving their own qualities to their own character. The many stories also cleverly all come together and make for a superb and exciting climax that makes everything worthwhile. And what a hilarious ending. When it's all said and done, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels may be a little messy, but the controlled chaos at the steady hand of Guy Ritchie and his excellent dialog, Lock, Stock is a breathless entertainer.
    Drew O Super Reviewer

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