Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGuy Ritchie
Produced byMatthew Vaughn
Written byGuy Ritchie
Uncredited:
Peter Cattaneo
StarringJason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher
Nick Moran
Jason Statham
Steven Mackintosh
Vinnie Jones
Sting
Narrated byAlan Ford
Music byDavid A. Hughes
John Murphy
CinematographyTim Maurice-Jones
Edited byNiven Howie
Production
company
Distributed byPolyGram Filmed Entertainment (UK)
Gramercy Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 28 August 1998 (1998-08-28) (United Kingdom)
  • 5 March 1999 (1999-03-05) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
120 minutes (Director's cut)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.35 million[2]
Box office$28,356,188[2]
 
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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGuy Ritchie
Produced byMatthew Vaughn
Written byGuy Ritchie
Uncredited:
Peter Cattaneo
StarringJason Flemyng
Dexter Fletcher
Nick Moran
Jason Statham
Steven Mackintosh
Vinnie Jones
Sting
Narrated byAlan Ford
Music byDavid A. Hughes
John Murphy
CinematographyTim Maurice-Jones
Edited byNiven Howie
Production
company
Distributed byPolyGram Filmed Entertainment (UK)
Gramercy Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 28 August 1998 (1998-08-28) (United Kingdom)
  • 5 March 1999 (1999-03-05) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
120 minutes (Director's cut)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.35 million[2]
Box office$28,356,188[2]

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy thriller film written and directed 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. 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 brought Guy Ritchie international acclaim and introduced actors Vinnie Jones, a former Wales international footballer, and Jason Statham, a former diver, to worldwide audiences.

A television series, Lock, Stock..., followed in 2000, running for seven episodes including the pilot.

Plot[edit]

Long-time friends Bacon, Eddy, Tom, and Soap put together £100,000 so that Eddy, a genius card sharp, can buy into one of Harry "The Hatchet" Lonsdale's weekly high-stakes three card brag games.

Eddy returns home and overhears his neighbours, a gang of thieves led by a man named Dog, planning a heist on some marijuana growers supposedly loaded with cash and drugs. Eddy relays this information to the group, intending for them to rob the neighbours as they come back from their heist. After learning the guns had been sold, an enraged Barry threatens the two into getting them back.

The neighbours' heist gets under way; despite a gang member being killed by his own Bren Gun, and an incriminating encounter with a traffic warden, the job is a success.

Rory and his gang assault the flat and have a shootout with the neighbours, resulting in the deaths of all but Dog and Winston, the latter taking off with the marijuana. Big Chris suddenly crashes into their car to disable Dog, then brutally bludgeons him to death with his car door. He takes the debt money back from the unconscious friends but allows Tom to leave with the antique shotguns.

The friends are arrested, but declared innocent after the traffic warden identified Dog's dead gang as the prime suspects.

They quickly call Tom, and the film ends with Tom's mobile phone ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames.

Cast[edit]

The film originally starred Laura Bailey as Eddy's love interest.[citation needed] This plotline was removed only after filming had been completed. The role of JD, Eddy's father, is played by the English musician Sting. Sting's wife Trudie Styler was an executive producer on the film.

The role of Barry "the Baptist" was 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.

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 film P.H. Moriarty and Sting both appeared in – the other being the film version of Quadrophenia.

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released on 28 August 1998 in the United Kingdom, and on 5 March 1999 in the United States. Its total gross in the US was $3,753,929.[3]

John Ferguson, writing for the Radio Times, called the film "the best British crime movie since The Long Good Friday".[4] The film has ratings of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes[5] and 66 on Metacritic.[6]

The film was nominated for a British Academy Film Award in 1998 for the outstanding British Film of the Year. In 2000, Ritchie won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2004, Total Film named it the 38th greatest British film of all time.

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released1998 (United Kingdom)
23 February 1999 (1999-02-23TUnited States)
GenreRock
Pop
Brit pop
Reggae
Length62:54 (UK)
43:32 (US)
LabelIsland (UK)
Maverick (US)
Guy Ritchie film soundtracks chronology
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
(1998)
Snatch
(2000)
Soundtrack reviews
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars Link

The soundtrack to the film was released in 1998 in the United Kingdom by Island Records. Madonna's Maverick Records label released the soundtrack in the United States in 1999 but omitted nine tracks from the UK release.

  1. "Hundred Mile High City" by Ocean Colour Scene
  2. "It's a Deal, It's a Steal" by Tom, Nick & Ed*
  3. "The Boss" by James Brown
  4. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Skanga*
  5. "Hortifuckinculturist" – Winston
  6. "Police and Thieves" by Junior Murvin
  7. "18 With a Bullet" by Lewis Taylor & Carleen Anderson*
  8. "Spooky" by Dusty Springfield
  9. "The Game" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes*
  10. "Muppets" by Harry, Barry & Gary
  11. "Man Machine" by Robbie Williams*
  12. "Walk This Land" by E-Z Rollers
  13. "Blaspheming Barry" by Barry
  14. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges
  15. "It's Kosher" by Tom & Nick
  16. "Liar, Liar" by The Castaways*
  17. "I've Been Shot" by Plank & Dog
  18. "Why Did You Do It" by Stretch
  19. "Guns 4 show, knives for a pro" by Ed & Soap
  20. "Oh Girl" by Evil Superstars
  21. "If the Milk Turns Sour" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes (with Rory)*
  22. "Zorba the Greek" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes
  23. "I'll Kill Ya" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes (with Rory)*
  24. "The Payback" by James Brown
  25. "Fool's Gold" by The Stone Roses*
  26. "It's Been Emotional" by Big Chris
  27. "18 With a Bullet" by Pete Wingfield
  1. Also "Ghosttown" by The Specials

* Track omitted from 1999 US release.

Release history
RegionDate
United Kingdom1998
United States23 February 1999

Use in popular culture[edit]

The Psych first episode of the eighth season, pays homage to the movie, including the episode title, "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels, and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire", "Shawn Spencer's (James Roday) imitation of Guy Ritchie, actor Vinnie Jones, and use of James Brown's "The Payback".

The film, and indeed the British gangster movie genre as a whole, was parodied by BBC sketch comedy series The Fast Show as It's A Right Royal Cockney Barrel Of Monkeys.

The film was parodied in a sketch in The Mitchell and Webb Situation titled "Hons, Dons and Two Smoking MA (Oxon)s" in which two gangsters steal degrees from a university vice-chancellor.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading

  • Catterall, Ali; Wells, Simon (2001). Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since The Sixties. Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-714554-3. 

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