Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Released 1998

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Director:
Guy Ritchie
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a comedy-drama about a group of incompetent criminals who are forced to commit a spectacular crime in order to pay off a huge gambling debt. Old friends Eddy (Nick Moran), Bacon (Jason Statham), Soap (Dexter Fletcher) and Tom (Jason Flemyng) figure they have a perfect way to make a huge amount of money when they raise 100,000 pounds and stake Eddy in a card game against gangster Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Though Eddy is a superb card player, he has no chance against Hatchet Harry since all of his cards are secretly being videotaped by Hatchet Harry's cronies. After losing 500,000 pounds in the game, Eddy is given one week to come up with the money or his father will be killed. Knowing of no other way to get the money, Eddy and his pals decide to rob a drug dealer, but nothing goes quite the way it's supposed to in this violent, madcap adventure that piles up bodies almost as quickly as Eddy piles up gambling debts.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Dark, dangerous and a great deal of wicked, amoral fun. A film that manages to be as clever, playful and mock violent as its title, Lock, Stock was a major hit in its native Britai...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    [It's] like Tarantino crossed with the Marx Brothers, if Groucho had been into chopping off fingers...Fun, in a slapdash way; it has an exuberance, and in a time when movies follow...

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Flashy, random shifts of film speed and a true rogues' gallery of striking if one-note characters, do hold interest even if they have no real right to. The commercial aspects also ...

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