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Lock, stock and two smoking barrels - Nick Moran, Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham, Guy Ritchie

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Movie propaganda

A disgrace to criminals everywhere.

Streetwise charmer Eddy (Nick Moran) walks into the biggest card game of his life carrying a one hundred thousand pound stake into which he and his three mates Tom (Jason Flemyng), Bacon (Jason Statham) And Soap (Dexter Fletcher) have invested their hard-earned cash. Eddy is the sharpest card shark on the circuit but the game is a set-up. Eddy leaves owing the game's host, Hatchet Harry (PH Moriarty), half a million.

Harry gives Eddy a week to come up with the money before he starts losing his fingers as collateral. While Eddy and his mates conjure up schemes to make a lot of money very fast, Harry indulges his penchant for valuable antique shotguns and sends a couple of scouse petty crooks to steal a pair from a hard-up aristocrat.

A helter-skelter ride through London's gangland ensues as the guns go astray and become part of a huge booty of cash and drugs, which Eddy and his gang must steal from a violent bunch of thugs in order to repay Harry...

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime UK loser criminal sting London gang

Persons of interest

  • Nick Moran .... Eddy
  • Jason Flemyng .... Tom
  • Jason Statham .... Bacon
  • Dexter Fletcher .... Soap
  • PH Moriarty .... Hatchet Harry
  • Steven Mackintosh .... Winston
  • Nicholas Rowe .... J
  • Nick Marcq .... Charles
  • Charles Forbes .... Willie
  • Vinnie Jones .... Big Chris
  • Peter McNichol .... Little Chris
  • Lenny Maclean .... Barry the Baptist
  • Guy Ritchie .... Screenwriter
  • Guy Ritchie .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 1999: Won: Audience Award; Nominated: Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (Matthew Vaughn, Guy Ritchie), Best Editing (Niven Howie)
    • British Comedy Awards 1998: Won: Best Comedy Film
    • British Independent Film Awards 1998: Won: For the Film Making the Most of Resources Within a Limited Budget; Nominated: Best British Director of an Independent Film (Guy Ritchie), Best British Independent Film, Best Original Screenplay by a British Writer of a Produced Independent Film (Guy Ritchie)
    • Csapnivalo Awards2000: Won: Golden Slate: Funniest Movie
    • Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2000: Won: Best Motion Picture (Guy Ritchie)
    • Empire Awards, UK 1999: Won: Best British Film, Best Début (Vinnie Jones)
    • Evening Standard British Film Awards 1999: Won: Most Promising Newcomer (Guy Ritchie)
    • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2000: Nominated: Sierra Award Best Editing (Niven Howie)
    • London Critics Circle Film Awards 1999: Won: British Film of the Year, British Screenwriter of the Year (Guy Ritchie)
    • MTV Movie Awards 1999: Won: Best New Filmmaker (Guy Ritchie)
    • Tokyo International Film Festival 1998: Won: Best Director Award (Guy Ritchie)
    • Torino International Festival of Young Cinema 1998: Nominated: Prize of the City of Torino Best Film - International Feature Film Competition (Guy Ritchie)

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Eastenders does Pulp fiction.

But this is even better, because everyone's on the take, and everyone's a loser, even Messieurs Big. And the cool, macho mystique of the American hood is completely lost on the inner London crooks and small-timers who infest this film.

Some of the funniest moments in any film I have seen this year happen in Lock, stock, as well as some of the bloodiest. This is a full-on, hard-core, lying, stealing, shooting, bashing, drinking, smoking, ironic action drama thriller with the superb raw edges of independent filmmaking.

Jeez, that was a sentence and a half.

This film looks great, feels great and is great. It is islands of perfection surrounded by a sea of brilliance. I loved it, you will, too. Lock, stock and two smoking barrels must be seen so make sure you do.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: Undated November 2000

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