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Festivale online magazine, November, 1998
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movie review
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

This is the film I expected to see from all the hoopla about Quentin Tarantino. It is a stylish, witty, hip, young, Nineties caper film. You have to hand it to the British, when they hit their form, nobody does it better.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels starts when a group of friends of varying honesty raise 100,000 pounds for a high-stakes poker game, they think their problems are history. Eddie (Rick Moran) is a master at reading people, and his friends expect him to bring them back their fortunes, unfortunately his father (Sting) has a pub that Hatchet harry (P. J. Moriarty) wants and a clever bit of technical cheating sends Eddie and his friends 500,000 pounds in debt to one of the nastiest pieces of work around.

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Now, next door to Eddie lives a group of high-bred youngsters with a hydroponic marijuana including a drugged-out woman whose dress and demeanour make her indistinguishable from their couch. And sharing a flimsy wall with Eddie is nasty thug Dog (Frank Harper) and sidekick Plank (Steve Sweeney).

It's really not complicated at all, Dog hatches a plot to steal the stash (money and drugs) from the upper-crust drug-growers, and Eddie and his friends, overhearing the plot decide to steal it in turn from Dog.

Of course, henchmen and off-screen violence abound, and everything is complicated by Hatchet Harry's love for antique guns (the two smoking barrels of the title). Also in the action is Harry's debt collector Big Chris (Vinnie Jones) who is the larger half of a father-and-son team.

The photography and editing are cleverly done, and writer/director Ritchie pulls it all together with panache. Altogether a very satisfying film to watch.

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Title: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (199)
Written by: Guy Ritchie
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, Steve Tisch, Peter Morton, Angad Paul, Stephen Marks, Trudie Styler
Edited by: Niven Howie
Director of Photography: Tim Maurice-Jones
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The Players: Jason Flemyng, Sting, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, Lenny McLean, Frank Harper
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