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Tagline: A story of sex, thugs and rock ‘n roll.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Writers: Guy Ritchie
Release Date: (UK)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
Runtime:  114 min

Storyline

Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he’s helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole’s wall. While Cole’s men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld.

Cast Highlights

Gerard Butler … One Two
Tom Wilkinson … Lenny Cole
Thandie Newton … Stella
Mark Strong … Archy

Gallery Highlights

Trivia

  • The band playing in the club scene are The Subways with their song ‘Rock & Roll Queen’.
  • There are two characters whose names are a reference to characters in other movies. The character of Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy) is a possible reference to Jason Statham who played Handsome Rob in The Italian Job, and the character Fred the Head is similar to Doug the Head in Ritchie’s previous film Snatch..
  • According to director Guy Ritchie, this is the first in a trilogy. Before the credits reads a title card, “The Wild Bunch will return in The Real RockNRolla”. Hinting that this will be the next installment, “The Real RockNRolla”.
  • Actor Matt King, who plays Cookie in this film, actually played director Guy Ritchie in spoof Channel 4 show Star Stories, in the episode ‘Madonna: The Wife’s Life’.
  • Guy Ritchie:  Man on bicycle riding past Roman and Mickey as they approach Johnny’s crack house.