January 19th, 2001



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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 8.3/10 (257,661 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro

Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets the shit kicked out of him by Pitt, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Whilst all this is going on, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the damned dog!

Benicio Del Toro - Franky Four Fingers
Dennis Farina - 'Cousin' Avi Denovitz
Vinnie Jones - Bullet Tooth Tony
Brad Pitt - Mickey O'Neil
Rade Serbedzija - Boris 'The Blade' Yurinov (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Jason Statham - Turkish
Alan Ford - Brick Top
Mike Reid - Doug 'The Head' Denovitz
Robbie Gee - Vinny
Lennie James - Sol
Ewen Bremner - Mullet
Jason Flemyng - Darren
Ade - Tyrone
William Beck - Neil
Andy Beckwith - Errol

Taglines: Now you see it, now you don't!

Release Date: 19 January 2001

Filming Locations: Bethnal Green Town Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £3,180,002 (UK) (3 September 2000) (389 Screens)

Gross: $30,093,107 (USA) (11 March 2001)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

Every mistake that Sol, Vincent and Tyrone make were inspired by various late-night TV shows about real-life crimes gone horribly wrong.

Continuity: In the back of the truck after the diamond heist in Antwerp, Frankie gives his gun to another man. During this exchange it can be seen that Frankie does in fact have all ten fingers.

[first lines]
Turkish: [narrating] My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash. That's Tommy. He tells people he was named after a gun, but I know he was really named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer.

User Review

A Comedy Masterpiece

Rating: 10/10

"Snatch" is fantastic; and not least because it demonstrates emphatically that the British movie industry is capable of rivaling even the best of what Hollywood can offer.

"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" was one of the funniest movies released in recent years, and "Snatch" takes everything that "Lock, Stock..." did so well and does it even better.

Back are the cleverly intertwined plotlines, the hilarious one-liners, and the simultaneously intimidating and comedic London villains. So is the skillful editing, and often original cinematographic style. This time however, it all looks somewhat slicker and better funded, and alongside the British regulars are the odd American celebrity (Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro).

Everyone in the film puts in an excellent performance, but Pitt stands out as a charismatic and near-incomprehensible Gypsy boxer.

Like Ritchie's earlier film, this one takes a little while to find its feet, but once it does the pace doesn't slacken until the finale. One scene featuring three guys and a squeaking dog in a stolen car stands out particularly, and left the audience at my local cinema almost weeping as punchline after punchline was uttered.

When it comes to comedies, I cannot recommend this one highly enough. If you're after a good laugh, you won't find much to better "Snatch".


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