Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom, 1998. Summit Entertainment, The Steve Tisch Company, SKA Films, HandMade Films, Polygram Filmed Entertainment. Screenplay by Guy Ritchie. Cinematography by Tim Maurice-Jones. Produced by Matthew Vaughn. Music by David A. Hughes, John Murphy. Production Design by Iain Andrews, Eve Mavrakis. Costume Design by Stephanie Collie. Film Editing by Niven Howie. National Board of Review Awards 1999.
Superbly fun heist film about four blokes who rack up a huge debt in a fixed card game and have a week to pay back a ruthless gangster or else face losing fingers. Their solution? Rob a robbery: when they hear that their drug-dealing neighbours are planning to rip off a local hemp-grow operation, these guys decide to make off with the robber’s loot and get themselves off the hook. Their plan is foolproof, but our heroes are far too goofy to pull if off without a hitch, especially when the robbers, their victims and other peripheral characters are even more clueless than they are. Lovable personalities and a zippy pace by Guy Ritchie (directing his first feature) highlight a story that you’ve seen a million times before but won’t mind seeing again.