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Snatch (2001)



Critic Consensus: Though perhaps a case of style over substance, Guy Ritchie's second crime caper is full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters.

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Guy Ritchie's sophomore follow-up to his 1998 sleeper hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch revisits the previous film's territory of London's crime-ridden underbelly, and does so with the same brand of humor and stylish direction that made Ritchie's first effort a surprise success. With a labyrinthine plot that is ostensibly oriented around a missing diamond, Snatch introduces viewers to three groups of characters intent on retrieving the elusive stone, which has been stolen from an Antwerp jeweler. In the first group are friends and business partners Turkish (Jason Statham, who also supplies the film's voice-over narration) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who join up with Mickey (Brad Pitt), an Irish gypsy and boxer. Turkish and Tommy make arrangements with Mickey to take a fall in a match engineered by lunatic gang leader Brick Top (Alan Ford). In another corner resides equally loony Russian gangster Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia), who has asked Jewish gangster Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) to place a bet on the match for him. Boris is also scheming to have Sol (Lennie James), the owner of a pawn shop, rob the place with a couple of dim associates. Meanwhile, Avi (Dennis Farina), freshly arrived in London from New York, hires Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Franky when he goes missing; it seems that it was none other than Franky who was supposed to be transporting the purloined diamond to New York. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

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Brad Pitt
as Mickey O'Neil
Benicio Del Toro
as Franky Four Fingers
Vinnie Jones
as Bullet Tooth Tony
Rade Serbedzija
as Boris the Blade
Alan Ford
as Brick Top
Mike Reid
as Doug the Head
Sam Douglas
as Rosebud
as Tyrone
James Cunningham
as Horrible Man
Sorcha Cusack
as Mum O'Neil
Mickey Dee
as Jack the All Seeing Eye
Adam Fogerty
as Gorgeous George
as Bad Boy Lincoln
Sid Hoare
as Reuben
Ronald Isaac
as Referee
Chuck Julian
as Michael
Eric Meyers
as Avi's Colleague
Paul O'Boyle
as Patrick
Sidney Sedin
as Pauline
Trevor Steedman
as Bomber Harris
Peter Szakacs
as Sausage Charlie
John Taheny
as Salt Peter
Mick Theo
as Mad Fist Willy
Andy Till
as John the Gun
Velibor Topic
as The Russian
Scott Welch
as Horace `Good Night' Anderson
Michael Hughes
as Gypsy Man
Liam McMahon
as Gypsy Man
Jim Warren
as Gypsy Man
Austin Drage
as Gypsy Kid
Liam Donaghy
as Gypsy Kid
Joe Williams
as Gypsy Kid
John Farnell
as Brick Top's Henchman
Shaun Pearson
as Brick Top's Henchman
Dean Smith
as Brick Top's Henchman
Roy Snell
as Brick Top's Henchman
Tim Faraday
as Policeman
Andrew Shield
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Snatch

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (40)

With this morbidly bouncy black comedy Ritchie finds a sneaky way to avoid sophomore slump: by passing his freshman tests all over again. And now for something completely different, please.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Ritchie may be skilled at generating controlled chaos, but his surprise-a-minute strategy ultimately holds no surprises.

April 15, 2008

Ritchie's follow-up to Lock, Stock is an even more craftily concocted underworld entertainment, helped no end by the casting of Pitt as the bare-knuckle boxer Mickey.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

What we have here is a gaudy mess. At times it feels like it's being made up as it goes along.

December 2, 2002 | Full Review…

This may be one of the hazardous offshoots of the music-video-trained generation of moviemakers; they confuse a diet of eye candy with a full meal.

September 26, 2002

Bouncing around in a world of bare-knuckle boxing, gypsy swindlers, pretend Jewish diamond merchants, indestructible Russian assassins and a thug who disposes of bodies by feeding them to hungry pigs, Snatch has enough plots for a fair-sized cemetery.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Snatch

'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 2' could be its real name, Ritchie is back with the second in his British gangster trilogy ('Revolver' being number three) and this time due to the success of his first venture he clearly has more money to play with so he brings in some big name stars. The film is almost the same kind of thing to 'Lock Stock' being another gritty, dirty, slimy cockney collaboration of tales all revolving around yet more oddball wheeler dealers, thugs and gangsters as they all try to get ahold of money, jewels and each other in (again) a Tarantino type way with more gallows humour. The cast again is fantastic and includes yet more British actors that were somehow left out of the first film, over Ritchie's films he's used every known British character actor or soap star we have. The inclusion of some big Hollywood stars actually, for me, brings the film down slightly, they don't seem realistic and can't fit into this exclusively British world thus the film loses its sense of realism, a big Hollywood star doesn't always equal a good direction to go. To be frank the film does really have a R. Rodriguez feel to it eg. 'Mariachi' was made, it did well so RR remade it bigger and better. 'Snatch' does seem to fall into that catergory to a degree, it does feel almost like a reboot or upgrade of 'Lock Stock' as some of the cast that do show up in both films are playing the same kind of role, mainly Vinnie Jones who can't really play anything else. The film has the exact same grotty feel to it with your typical South/East London looking pubs, alleys and streets, more cockney dialect to confuse any non-Londoner, more hints at vicious violence but without actually showing that much, some glorious fights and more swearing than you can possibly imagine. The only thing I don't like about the film is all the silly names everyone has, I just get the feeling Ritchie was trying too hard to make it in the same vain as American New York gangsters, your typical hood with his catchy nickname like Billy the rat or pool table Pauly for example, it just seemed a bit daft. Basically this is another triumph for Ritchie despite making the same film all over again. Alan Fords portrayal of Brick Top is also probably the most chilling baddie I've seen in years. Oi!!! geeeza!!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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An intriguing, interwoven plot. Much funnier than I expected. Pitt's accent was weak, but not to the point of distraction. Sometimes hard to discern the dialog due to heavy accents from the rest the cast. Still, thoroughly enjoyable caper.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Guy Ritchie delightfully resurrects and updates Damon Runyon's popular gangland mugs, transports 'em to Britain and has 'em go for a load of loot symbolized by a large hunk of shiny charcoal floating about. Good fun.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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