Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (Polygram UK/Gramercy US/Columbia International, 1998)
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is a British crime comedy thriller directed by Guy Ritchie that brought Ritchie international acclaim and nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy Film Award) as Outstanding British Film of the Year. It tells the story of a botched London card game that triggers four friends (Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran and Jason Statham), thugs, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the love of weed, cash and two antique guns. The film was Statham’s first film role. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels was produced for a astounding 800,000 pounds ($1.35 million U.S.) and brought in over #28 million, making it a huge commercial success.