Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Two Smoking Barrels
Matthew Vaughn, Trudie Styler (executvive), Steve Tisch (executive), Stephen Marks (executive), Peter Morton (executive), Angad Paul (executive), Sebastian Pearson (executive), Jan Roldanus (executive), Jon Slan (executive) for Steve Tisch Company, Ska Films, Handmade Films, Summit Entertainment, PolyGram
directed by Guy Ritchie
starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Nicholas Rowe, Nick Marcq, Charles Forbes, Vinnie Jones, Lennie McLean, Peter McNicholl, P.H. Moriarty, Frank Harper, Steve Sweeney, Huggy Leaver, Tony McMahon, Stephen Marcus, Vas Blackwood, Sting, Jake Abraham, Rob Brydon, Stephen Callender-Ferrier, Elwin 'Chopper' David, Vera Day, Jimmy Flint, Alan Ford, Ronnie Fox, Victor McGuire, Mark Mooney, Suzy Ratner
written by Guy Ritchie, music by David A.Hughes, John Murphy
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Small time crooks Eddie (Nick Moran), Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason
Statham) & Soap (Dexter Fletcher) decide they have earned a break
& thus come up with 100.000 Pounds & send Eddie to play Poker in
Hatchet Harry's (P.H.Moriarty) club ... & of course, Eddie, whose main
qualification for poker is that he can read faces, is cheated & not
only loses everything but also ends up losing Hatchet Harry 500.000
Pounds, & he has only one week to pay, otherwise Harry's Henchman
Barry the Baptist (Lenny McLean), will cut his & his friends' fingers
off, one for each day they do not pay.
Out of utter desperation, Eddie, Tom, Bacon & Soup come up with a
really stupid plan to get the money: To hold up Eddie's neighbour Dog
(Frank Harper) & gang (Steve Sweeney, Huggy Leaver, Tony McMahon),
after they have held up Winston's (Steve Mackintosh) drugnest.
Everything almost goes wrong when Dog & company run into unexpected
difficulties holding up the drugnest - including a few unexpected security
measures - & are almost stopped by a traffic warden (Rob Brydon) &
machine gunned by Winston's spaced out friend Gloria (Suzy Ratner), but
ultimately they come home with the money and the drugs ... & are
promptly robbed by Eddie & gang, wearing black skimasks & armed
with knives & 2 antique guns ...
Dog swears revenge, it's just a good thing he doesn't know the robbers
were his next door neighbours ...
However, robbing Winston's place sets a few things into motion, as
Dog's fence Nick (Stephen Marcus) tries to sell the drugs to Rory (Vas
Blackwood), the same man whom Winston made the drugs for in the first
place. Hatchet Harry meanwhile badly wants the antique guns Eddie &
company were using, since for collectors they are worth 250.000 Pounds a
piece - but the boys bought them from Nick the fence, not a collector, for
& then, when Eddie & company are out, Dog & company
accidently find the money & drugs in Eddies appartmen ... &
prepare to kill him & friends, just to teach him a lesson ... when
Rory & gang appear for a friendly little shootout, that leaves both
Dog's gang & Harry & gang dead. Only Dog escapes with the money
& the antique guns, but runs right into the arms of debt collector Big
Chris (Vinnie Jones) & son Little Chris (Peter McNicholl), who were
just passing by to collect Eddie's debt, or alternatively break some bones
... & Big Chris, to some extent a man of honour decides to bring the
money he finds on Dog - 500.000 Pounds exactly - to Hatchet Harry to
settle Eddie's debt. And he brings him the antique guns too ...
So everything it seems would be fine, except maybe for thje fact that
Eddie & company don't know about their luck yet, & are a bit
worried about all the corpses & Eddie's & eddie's neighbour's
flat, plus they think about how to explain everything to Hatchet Harry,
but meanwhile 2 wannabe gangsters - having no idea who Harry is - try to
steal the guns from Harry (which they have actually been hired to steal for
Harry), but get shot - but not before they shoot Harry & his
right-hand man Barry as well ...
Arriving at Harry's, Eddie & company find everyone dead, & the
money and the guns ready for the taking (& they take both), but before
they can drive away, Big Chris crashes his car into theirs accidently,
& takes the 500.000 again ...
In the end, the boys have no more problems (since everyone else is
dead), but also have gained nothing out of it all, except for the 2 guns,
about the only things that can link them to the case, so they send Tom to
throw them off a bridge ... shortly before Big Chris, still a bit of a man
of honour, informs them about the guns' value ...
Sting plays Eddie's father.
Hard to believe rom today's (July 2005) point of view, but before
director Guy Ritchie became almost exclusively known as Mister Madonna, he
could direct & write funny genre movies, like this one here: a crime
story with abn enormous amount of narrative strands that only meet
occasionally, a big number of equally impiortant characters & unusual
twists & turns around every corner.
& despite of all this the film remains stringent & highly