Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
|Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Guy Ritchie|
|Produced by||Matthew Vaughn
|Written by||Guy Ritchie
|Narrated by||Alan Ford|
|Music by||David A. Hughes
|Editing by||Niven Howie|
|Studio||The Steve Tisch Company
|Distributed by||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (United Kingdom)
Gramercy Pictures (United States)
|Running time||107 minutes
120 minutes (Director's cut)
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 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.
Long-time friends Bacon (Jason Statham), Soap (Dexter Fletcher), Tom (Jason Flemyng), and Eddy (Nick Moran) put together £100,000 so that Eddy, a genius at cards, can buy in to one of Harry "The Hatchet" Lonsdale's (P. H. Moriarty) weekly high-stakes three card brag game. Harry learns that Eddy is a card savant from his bodyguard Barry "the Baptist" (Lenny McLean). Knowing that he cannot win he decides to fix the game. He does so by having Barry watch a feed from a camera hidden behind Eddy, and reveal Eddy's card values to Harry by a system involving a device hidden on Harry's leg. Eddy loses not only his £100,000 buy-in, but an additional £400,000 that Harry bullied him into borrowing to play out the biggest pot of the night. Harry demands repayment within a week. Knowing that Eddy and the others have slim chances of raising half a million pounds within a week, he pulls Eddy's father's bar into the deal as an alternative, in an attempt to get his own revenge on Eddy's father. Barry the Baptist tells Eddy that he will remove a finger from each of the four friends for every day the debt is overdue.
After several days with no luck acquiring the funds, 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. They install taping equipment to record the conversations of their neighbours. Tom acquires a pair of antique shotguns from an underground dealer, known as Nick "the Greek" (Stephen Marcus), who also strikes a deal with Rory Breaker (Vas Blackwood), a gangster and sociopath, to buy the stolen drugs. Nick had purchased the guns from a pair of bungling small-time criminals, Gary and Dean (Victor McGuire and Jake Abraham), who had stolen them from a bankrupt lord as part of a job for Harry Lonsdale, not realizing that of the entire stolen firearms collection, his only desire was the two antique shotguns. 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 (Rob Brydon), the job is a success. On returning to their flat, the gang is ambushed by the four friends, who take the loot and return later that night to stash the goods next door, before celebrating with a wild night of drinking. Rory discovers that the drugs he was going to purchase were stolen from him, as the marijuana growers were in his employ. Rory interrogates Nick into revealing where the four friends live, and enlists one of the chemists to identify the robbers. Meanwhile, furious about their loss, Dog throws one of his men through the wall of their flat and discovers the taping equipment and eventually the stolen goods. While he counts the money, his men prepare an ambush. Gary and Dean, trying to recover the antique shotguns, call Nick, who directs them to the same address, while Big Chris (Vinnie Jones), Harry's debt collector, departs with his son to the same destination, and the four friends drive home from the bar.
Rory and his gang assault the flat and have a shootout with the neighbours, resulting in the deaths of all but Dog and the lone chemist, the latter taking off with the marijuana. Dog is mugged by Big Chris of the shotguns and money during his escape; Gary and Dean spot Big Chris with the guns and hastily follow him, while the four friends return to find their loot missing. Big Chris gives the guns and cash to Harry, but on his return finds Dog threatening to kill his son if he doesn't retrieve the loot. Desperate to get the guns, Gary and Dean attack Harry and Barry at their office, realizing their mistake as they kill each other. The four friends arrive, find everyone dead, and take the cash back. 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. The four reunite at Eddy's father’s bar and decide that Tom should dispose of the shotguns, which are the only remaining pieces of evidence that links them to the crimes. After Tom leaves, Big Chris arrives to admit he is keeping the debt money for himself and his son, but instead gives them an antique guns catalogue, which reveals that the antique shotguns were each worth a fortune. They quickly call Tom, and the film ends in a both literal and figurative cliffhanger when Tom’s mobile phone starts ringing as he hangs over the side of a bridge, preparing to drop the shotguns into the River Thames and he has to decide whether to answer the phone or drop the guns into the river.
- Jason Flemyng as Tom
- Dexter Fletcher as Soap
- Nick Moran as Eddy
- Jason Statham as Bacon
- Steven Mackintosh as Winston
- Nicholas Rowe as J
- 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
- Frank Harper as Diamond Dog
- Steve Sweeney as Plank
- Huggy Leaver as Paul
- Ronnie Fox as Mickey
- Tony McMahon as John
- Stephen Marcus as Nick "the Greek"
- Vas Blackwood as Rory Breaker
- Sting as JD
- Jake Abraham as Dean
- Rob Brydon as Traffic Warden
- Alan Ford as Alan / Narrator
- Danny John-Jules as Barfly Jack
- Victor McGuire as Gary
- Suzy Ratner as Gloria
The film originally starred Laura Bailey as Eddy's love interest. 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
The film was released on 28 August 1998 in the United Kingdom, and on 5 March 1999 in the United States in 161 theaters. Its total gross in the U.S. was $3,753,929.
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 from the Motion Picture Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||1998 (United Kingdom)
February 23, 1999
|Guy Ritchie film soundtracks chronology|
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.
- "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*
- "Hortifuckinculturalist" - 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 A. 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 Iggy Pop
- "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
- "Guns 4 show, knives for a pro" by Ed & Soap
- "Oh Girl" by Evil Superstars
- "If the Milk Turns Sour" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes (with Rory)*
- "Zorba the Greek" by John Murphy & David A. Hughes
- "I'll Kill Ya" by John Murphy & David A. 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.
- Release history
|United States||23 February 1999|
- Further reading
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels|
- Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels at the Internet Movie Database
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at AllRovi
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Box Office Mojo
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Rotten Tomatoes
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Metacritic