Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Infobox_Film
name = Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels


caption = UK quad poster
writer = Guy Ritchie
starring = Jason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher
Nick Moran
Jason Statham
Steven Mackintosh
Vinnie Jones
Sting
director = Guy Ritchie
producer = Matthew Vaughn
distributor = United Kingdom:
Universal Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
United States:
Gramercy Pictures
released = August 28, 1998
runtime = 105 min.
country = flagicon|UK United Kingdom
language = English
music = David A. Hughes
John Murphy
awards =
budget = $1,000,000
amg_id = 1:168199
imdb_id = 0120735

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" is a 1998 British crime film directed and written by Guy Ritchie. The story is 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. In order to pay off his debts, he and his friends decide to rob a small-time gang who happen to be operating out of the flat next door. The film garnered Guy Ritchie international acclaim, and introduced actors Vinnie Jones, a former Welsh international football player, and Jason Statham, to worldwide audiences.

In 2000, Ritchie won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2004, the magazine "Total Film" named "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" the 38th greatest British film of all time.

A television series, "Lock, Stock...The Series", followed in 2000.

Plot

Long-time friends; Bacon, Soap, Tom and Eddie decide to put together £100,000 to play 3 card brag against "Hatchet" Harry Lonsdale - a porn king of notorious disposition - in a high-stakes card game in the hopes of winning easy money. Aided by Barry "the Baptist", Harry's personal bodyguard and counsellor, the game is fixed so that Eddie, the card shark representing the group, loses to Harry and is forced to pay a £500,000 debt within one week, citing the loss of fingers and Eddie's father's bar if he fails to pay. To Eddie's fortune, and the dismay of his friends, all four of the group are tasked with honouring this debt, as they were all responsible for fronting the stake money. Harry’s loyal and violent debt collector, Big Chris - who often brings his son and apprentice, Little Chris, to his work - is assigned to collect the payment on the due date.

After several days and no ideas to come up with the money, Eddie returns home and overhears his neighbours, a gang of thieves known for robbing drug dealers, planning a heist on some marijuana growers supposedly loaded with cash and drugs. Eddie relays this information to the group, intending for all of them to rob the neighbours as they come back from their heist, therefore solving the debt. Tom uses his connection with an underground dealer, known as Nick "the Greek", to provide them with guns for the job, and to find someone to help them move the drugs. Nick then manages to acquire a pair of antique shotguns, and arrange a deal with Rory Breaker, a gangster and sociopath, to purchase the stolen weed.

Prior to the card game, a pair of lowlife criminals, Gary and Dean, were hired by Barry to rob a bankrupt millionaire for Harry, who wanted a specific pair of antique shotguns from the stolen pile for his personal collection. The two guns that Harry wanted, however, were the ones that Gary and Dean sold prematurely to Nick after the robbery. An enraged Barry then threatens the two into getting them back.

The neighbours' heist goes underway; Dog, the leader of the gang, learned of the weed chemists from one of the members, and uses his connections to the group to catch them off guard. Despite having a gang member killed by his own Bren Gun, and an incriminating encounter with a traffic warden, the job is otherwise a success. Unfortunately as they come back to the hideout, the four friends ambush the neighbours and take the loot, who later return that night to stash the goods next door, and then celebrate with a wild night of drinking.

The various characters finally collide when Rory discovers that the weed he was going to purchase was in fact his; the weed chemists that were robbed were under his employ. Rory interrogates Nick into revealing where the four friends live, and uses one of the chemists to identify the robbers. That same morning, Dog has become furious at having been cheated and, during a tirade, he launches one of his men into a wall, who discovers (through the hole he makes as a result) various sound recording equipment; Dog realizes that his neighbors were the ones who robbed him, and has the men prepare to ambush the friends in the flat as he takes the antique shotguns and counts the money. Gary and Dean call Nick, who (in frustration) directs them to the same address in their search for the antique shotguns, while Big Chris and his son depart to collect the debt, and the four friends drive home from the bar.

Rory and his gang assault the flat and enter a shootout with the neighbours, resulting in the deaths of all but Dog and the lone chemist to survive the slaughter, with the latter taking off with the marijuana. Dog is mugged by Big Chris of the shotguns and money during his escape, Gary and Dean stealthily follow Big Chris, and the four friends finally return to the flat, shocked by the carnage and the missing loot. Big Chris then gives the guns and cash to Harry, and as he returns to his car he encounters Dog threatening his son, who wants him to get the loot back from Harry. Desperate to get the guns, Gary and Dean attack Harry and Barry at their office, realizing who they were at the last minute before killing each other in another violent shootout. The four friends soon arrive to find another scene of carnage, and take the opportunity to re-steal the debt money, mystified by their strange fortune. Big Chris then crashes into their car to disable Dog, and after brutalizing him with his car door, he takes the debt money back from the unconscious friends, only to find his employer dead, and Tom just about to make off with the antique shotguns, which he'd briefly paused to examine.

The remaining friends were arrested, but were declared innocent after the traffic warden from earlier identified the neighbours’ bodies as the prime suspects. The four reunite at Eddie’s father’s bar, and decide to have Tom get rid of the only evidence linking them to all the bloodshed – the shotguns. After Tom leaves, Big Chris arrives to bid them farewell, and gives them a catalogue on antique guns. Big Chris then leaves, having kept the debt money for himself and his son. A quick perusal of the book reveals that the shotguns the four had bought for the job were each worth a fortune, and so they desperately try to call Tom. The film ends in a cliffhanger when Tom’s cell phone, stuffed in his mouth, starts ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames.

Cast

*Jason Flemyng as Tom
*Dexter Fletcher as Soap
*Nick Moran as Eddie
*Jason Statham as Bacon
*Steven Mackintosh as Winston
*Sting as JD
*Nick Marcq as Charles
*Charles Forbes as Willie
*Vinnie Jones as Big Chris
*Lenny McLean as Barry "the Baptist"
*Peter McNicholl as Little Chris
*P.H. Moriarty as "Hatchet" Harry Lonsdale
*Stephen Marcus as Nick "the Greek"
*Vas Blackwood as Rory Breaker
*Frank Harper as Diamond Dog
*Alan Ford as Alan
*Rob Brydon as Traffic Warden

Cast notes

The film originally starred Laura Bailey as Eddie's love interest. This major plotline was only removed after filming had been completed. The role of JD, Eddie's father, is played by the English musician Sting. Sting's wife Trudie Styler was an executive producer on the film, and the two later introduced director Ritchie to Madonna, whom he later married.

The role of Barry "the Baptist" was played by legendary hardman 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 July 28, 1998, just before the movie was released. Producers quickly changed billboards and posters to feature Lenny McLean as a tribute, even though Barry was only a supporting character.

Ross Boatman turned down a starring role in the film, as he did not wish to be typecast following his appearance in "Hard Men". The film uses Dexter Fletcher, P.H. Moriarty and Alan Ford in a tribute to the classic London gangster film "The Long Good Friday". This is the second movie P.H. Moriarty and Sting both appeared in- the other being the movie version of "Quadrophenia".

Deaths on screen

The body count of the movie is 17. In chronological order:

1. "Smithy Robinson" - Bludgeoned to death with "a 15-inch black rubber cock" by Harry.
2. Gordon's unnamed associate - Beaten to death with a golf club.
3. Gordon - Killed with a Chef's knife sharpening steel by Dog.
4. Mickey - Shot by Gloria.
5. Paul - Killed in the shootout at Eddie and Bacon's place.
6. John - Killed in the shootout at Eddie and Bacon's place.
7-10. Rory Breaker's 4 henchmen - Killed in the shootout at Eddie and Bacon's place.
11. Plank - Shot several times, until finally killed by Rory Breaker.
12. Rory Breaker - Shot by Plank.
13. Dean - Shot in the chest by Harry.
14. Harry Londsdale - Shot several times by Gary.
15. Gary - Killed with a hatchet to the back by Barry.
16. Barry - Shot in the stomach by Gary.
17. Dog - Crushed repeatedly by a car-door, kicked and beaten by Big Chris.

oundtrack

Infobox Album
Name = Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Type = soundtrack
Artist = various artists


Cover size = 0
Released = flagicon|United Kingdom 1998
flagicon|United States February 23, 1999
Recorded =
Genre = Rock
Pop
Brit pop
Reggae
Length = 62:54 (UK)
43:32 (US)
Label = Island Records (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer =
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jnftxqujldse Link]
Chronology = Guy Ritchie film soundtracks
Last album =
This album = "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (1998)
Next album = "Snatch" (2000)
The soundtrack to the film was released in 1998 in the United Kingdom by Island Records. A release in the United States in 1999 omitted nine tracks from the UK release.

Track listing

#"Hundred Mile High City" by Ocean Colour Scene
#"It's a Deal, It's a Steal" by Tom, Nick & Ed*
#"The Boss" by James Brown
#"Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Skanga*
# "Hortif***inculturalist" - Winston
#"Police and Thieves" by Junior Murvin
#"18 With a Bullet" by Lewis Taylor & Carleen Anderson*
#"Spooky" by Dusty Springfield
#"The Game" by John Murphy & David Hughes*
#"Muppets" by Harry, Barry & Gary
#"Man Machine" by Robbie Williams*
#"Walk This Land" by E-Z Rollers
#"Blaspheming Barry" by Barry
#"I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges
#"It's Kosher" by Tom & Nick
#"Liar Liar" by The Castaways*
#"I've been shot" by Plank & Dog
#"Why Did You Do It" by Stretch
#"Oh Girl" by Evil Superstars
#"If the Milk Turns Sour" by John Murphy & David Hughes (with Rory)*
#"Zorba the Greek" by John Murphy & David Hughes
#"I'll Kill Ya" by John Murphy & David Hughes (with Rory)*
#"The Payback" by James Brown
#"Fool's Gold" by The Stone Roses*
#"It's Been Emotional" by Big Chris
#"18 With a Bullet" by Pete Wingfield* Track omitted from 1999 U.S. release.

Trivia

*Due to the fact that Danny John-Jules had a brief role in the movie as Jack, some fans associated the role of Dean with Craig Charles, John-Jules's costar on "Red Dwarf". The role was actually portrayed by Jake Abraham, who resembles and sounds like Charles in many ways and appeared briefly as an alternative version of his character in "Red Dwarf".
*The scene where Chris repeatedly slammed Dog's head in the car door was repeated in the movie "Snatch" when the character "Bullet-Tooth" Tony, also played by Vinnie Jones, is smashing an unknown person's head in a car door as his car phone is ringing. When he picks up the phone after smashing the victim's head, he politely answers, "Bonjour". This method of dispatching an enemy may have been mimicked from a scene in the 1980 film "Raging Bull". Also possibly referring to a scene from the French movie Dobermann where the same kind of violence was shown.
*The line "I don't believe this, will everyone stop gettin' shot" was sampled in the 2000 garage UK #1 hit "Bound 4 Da Reload" by Oxide & Neutrino along with the theme tune to Casualty.
*The auction catalogue in which the value of the guns is revealed is by an auctioneer called Botherby's - a name play of Sotheby's.
*The characters of Dean and Gary are associated by many with "The Scousers" in the TV program "Harry Enfield and Chums" among other portrayals of the classic Liverpudlian comedy duo.
* The Bollywood movie "Phir Hera Pheri" borrows heavily from "Lock, Stock..." including most of the plot line, several plot devices and even directly translated dialogue from English to Hindi.
*Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive wrote a song titled "Guns For Show, Knives for a Pro", a quote from the film.
*In the few seconds before Dean and Harry raise their guns at one another, the music played is a reference to Sergio Leone’s 1965 spaghetti western "For a Few Dollars More".
*The plot has many similarities to the real-life Wonderland Murders in Los Angeles in 1981, as the main plot involves an inside job to rob a major drug dealer of his drugs and cash, and the retribution that follows. A dispute over antique guns was also a factor in the murders.
*A number of classic British cars appear in the film. A Mini, driven by J.D, a Ford Granada estate car driven by the gang on their return to "Hatchet" Harry's place. Vinnie Jones drives a Rover P6 3.5 litre, and later an AC Cobra. Also featured are the ubiquitous Ford Transit van and Ford Escort RS2000 driven by Dean and Gary. Tom is seen driving a Rover P5B at the end of the film.
*It is parodied in the Mitchell and Webb sketch "Hons, Dons and two smoking M.A. Oxons", and in The Fast Show as "It's a right Cockney barrel of monkeys".
*A board game based on the movie was invented in 2001, but didn't see the light of day due to Guy Richie and Matthew Vaughn being too busy, despite both liking the game.
*The traffic warden beaten up and bundled into the back of the van (along with the marijuana and money) is played by Welsh character comedian and impressionist Rob Brydon.
*The directors edition introduces deleted scenes such as the explanation into why JD and Harry have history involving Three Car Brag.

ee also

*Borough market
*Ali Catterall and Simon Wells, "Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since The Sixties" (Fourth Estate, 2001) ISBN 0-00-714554-3

External links

*imdb title|id=0120735|title=Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
*rotten-tomatoes|id=lock_stock_and_two_smoking_barrels|title=Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
*amg movie|id=1:168199|title=Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
* [http://www.guy-ritchie.net Guy Ritchie website]


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