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->''People ask the question... what's a [=RocknRolla=]? And I tell 'em - it's not about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. There's more there than that, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some the drugs, other the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a [=RocknRolla=], oh, he's different. Why? Because a real [=RocknRolla=] wants the fucking lot.''
--> --Archy

''[=RocknRolla=]'' is the fifth film by British director GuyRitchie. Much like ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'', ''Film/{{Snatch}}'', and ''Film/{{Revolver}}'', ''[=RocknRolla=]'' is a crime film set in the London underworld, populated with colorful gangsters. Actors include Creator/GerardButler, Creator/IdrisElba, Creator/TomHardy, Creator/MarkStrong, Creator/TobyKebbell, Creator/ThandieNewton, and Tom Wilkinsen.

Lenny Cole is a powerful underworld figure, who, through an immense web of bribery, controls most of the land deals in London. A Russian businessman by the name of Uri seeks his services in procuring the permits to build a new stadium, which would take nearly a decade otherwise. However, their mutual accountant, Stella, is plotting to rip both of them off. With the aid of a trio of local hoodlums known as "The Wild Bunch" -- One-Two, Mumbles, and Handsome Bob -- she twice steals the seven million Euros intended for Lenny's payoff. The first time goes off without a hitch. The second time doesn't quite go as planned. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity]] (and [[SoCoolItsAwesome awesomeness]]) [[HilarityEnsues ensues]].

In the midst of it all, is a (presumably rare and valuable) painting that holds sentimental value for Uri. It is stolen by Lenny's estranged son, Johnny Quid (the eponymous [=RocknRolla=]), and both of their respective [[TheDragon Dragons]] (Victor for Uri; Archy, TheNarrator, for Lenny) are following a trail of junkies and hustlers in order to find it.

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!!This Film provides examples of the following Tropes:

* Adorkable: Archy can't help but sing a little tune when in Roman and Mickey's recording studio. He's even pleased with himself. When he realizes the others are staring at him, he takes a moment to put his tough guy face back on.
* AnArmAndALeg: Uri, though we can't be sure if it is to be taken literally.
* ArmourPiercingSlap: Archy's expertise; so powerful, it can even make you flashback to grade-school!
** It does just that to Bandy, even though he didn't even go to school!
* BadAss: Archy and Johnny Quid, both in their own interesting ways.
* BadassCrew: The Wild Bunch, particularly the main three.
* BadassDriver: Handsome Bob's job in the Wild Bunch.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler:The Wild Bunch spend the third act captured by Lenny and his men. And just before that, One Two gets captured and tied up for what can only be described as a sexually tinged torture session by the two MadeOfIron Spetznaz.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Archy wears a black one.
* BadGuyBar: The extended Wild Bunch owns and operates a bar that serves as their headquarters.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Pete, to Johnny.
* TheBeard: Stella, to her gay lawyer husband.
* BerserkButton: Uri ''really'' loves that painting. Johnny Quid and Archy both get very angry when they are lied to.
* BlatantLies: Lenny asks Roman and Mickey "What do you think we are, gangsters?" in an offended tone while intimidating them.
** Granted, Lenny's operation runs a tighter ship than most. Archy even advises his men to keep the receipts if they pay anyone off, as "this ain't the mafia." He doesn't want any tax evasion slip ups.
* BreakTheHaughty:
** [[spoiler: Lenny]]
** Possibly also [[spoiler:Stella.]]
* BulletproofVest: To a ridiculous degree. One of the Russians gets shot about six times with a big machine gun, and is up chasing the Wild Bunch on foot for a prolonged period moments later.
* ButtMonkey: Quite a lot of characters are this, but the highlight is definitely poor Bandy, who screen time always consist of him being slapped.
* CampGay: Stella's husband, although he is on the more subdued side of the trope.
* TheCharmer: Cookie. He seems to have connections across social classes, and slides into Stella's high-class party quite easily.
* ChaseScene: A particularly long and epic one.
* ClusterFBomb
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: It's a Guy Ritchie movie. It pretty much goes without saying.
** Since this film deals with upper class criminals, it's more apparent than ever. The Wild Bunch is sharply dressed, and when we see One-Two's house it's quite tasteful.
* DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Archy]], if the ending dialogue is anything to go by.
* TheDriver: Turbo, for Archy.
* DrugsAreBad: Johnny's drug-induced fit has shades of this. Also, the two junkies are constantly seen this way. Cookie resents his drug using days.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[NobleTopEnforcer Archy might not be evil]] but he's still a criminal, and uneased by Lenny's "drown 'em in crayfish" interrogation tactic. And then he's outright shocked by Lenny [[spoiler:shooting Johnny]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Councillor.
** Among his many other bribes, Lenny gives him a thousand-Euro lighter (actually worth about a hundred) that's inscribed "THE COUNCILLOR".
* FaceCam: When One-Two is fleeing the scene of the second robbery.
* FemmeFatale: Stella. [[spoiler: Deconstructed]]
* {{Gayngster}}: [[spoiler: Handsome Bob]]
* GodwinsLaw: When Johnny says that Archy would make a good SS officer, it causes Archy to snap and deliver "the famous Archy slap."
* GoryDiscretionShot: When Uri [[spoiler: finds his "lucky painting" in Stella's house]], the audience doesn't see what happens next, but considering he leads a branch of TheMafiya, it's probably not very nice.
* GratuitousSpanish: Johnny decides to start calling[[BeleagueredAssistant Pete]] "Pedro" for some reason.
* HeCleansUpNicely: [[spoiler:Johnny at the end. Give him a shower, get him off drugs, and put him in decent clothes and he's much more of a looker.]]
* HoneyTrap: A mild version; [[spoiler:Handsome Bob]] puts the moves on Stella's husband in order to get information about the mole who's been informing to the cops. Subverted since Stella knows about her husband's proclivities, and really doesn't care (and is, in fact, off with One-Two at the same party.)
* HuskyRusskie: See the entry below.
* IAmTheNoun: A variant. When Stella's husband asks if Handsome Bob is part of the Wild Bunch, Mumbles tells him that "[Bob] '''is''' the Wild Bunch."
* IHaveNoSon: How Lenny views Johnny (who, technically, is his step-son).
* ImplacableMan: The Russian mercenaries.
** Justified in that the Wild Bunch were using rock-salt shells, and the Russian's were wearing bulletproof vests. After One-Two hits one in the head with a two-by-four, he backs off.
* IncompatibleOrientation: [[spoiler: Handsome Bob]] likes boys, specifically One Two. One Two ''really'' doesn't feel the same way, but he throws [[spoiler: Bob]] a bone and gets over it pretty quickly.
* InstantDeathBullet: Averted. [[spoiler: When Archy and his men kills the Russians offscreen, a number of gunshots are heard. There's a ''Beat'' and then another gunshot closes out the fight.]]
* Jerkass: While Bandy seems mostly dim and Turbo is quiet but loyal and trust enough to be Archy's number two, Danny is heartless. He does not hesitate to slap Bandy, mouths off to Archy about his instructions, and seems gleeful when [[spoiler:told to kill Johnny, Roman, and Mickey.]]
* LastRequest: Well, technically Handsome Bob wasn't dying when he made of request, but since he was so devasted about the impending jail time, One-Two let him have [[spoiler: the lovely slow dance in a gay club. When he finds out that Handsome Bob didn't go to jail after all, his colleagues tease him about this.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: It's a Guy Ritchie movie. It pretty much goes without saying.
* LogoJoke: Spray-stenciled by Johnny.
* LondonGangster: Where would a Guy Richie film be without several of these? Tom Wilkinson plays the ShoutOut to the Krays, as per usual.
** There is another shout out to "the Jew twins" who Lenny [[spoiler: put in prison for a lengthy turn after betraying them.]]
* LyricalDissonance: Archy's "song." He manages to sing "You'll never sing the same if your teeth ain't your own" in an upbeat way.
* MacGuffin: The painting. We only get to see the back of it.
* MadeOfIron: The Russian spetznaz. They survive their car being smashed by a truck, being shot, hit with bats and golf clubs, being thrown off the the hood of a car when it crashed, and still chase after the Wild Bunch in a prolonged chase scene. Lampshaded when Butler's character asks "What are these guys made of?!"
--> '''Mumbles''': ''[after hitting one with a baseball bat. Twice]'' ''Please'' stay down!
** Johnny Quid, in a weird way. He's already survived multiple rumored deaths. Even when strung out on drugs, he's capable of badass feats, ignores any injury, and ultimately [[spoiler: survives a close-range gunshot wound inflicted by Lenny. He's still able to stand, deliver two headshots on Lenny's mooks, before collapsing from weakness. By the epilogue, he's even kicked the drug habit.]]
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Tank, very much so. Lenny tries to be, but it's mostly posturing.
* TheMafiya: Uri and Victor and heavily implied to be gangsters trying to go legit. Uri is at least a corrupt oligarch, which is TruthInTelevision. See NoCelebritiesWereHarmed.
* TheNarrator: Archy.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Johnny Quid is "missing assumed dead." Part of why everyone, including his managers and June, doubt he's dead is that if so, there's no evidence, and as June notes "If he's dead, that's the third time this year."
* NobleTopEnforcer:
** In comparison to the seemingly heartless Lenny Cole, Archy definitely qualifies as one of these. Of course, that doesn't mean that he's a ''nice'' man. Just ask [[spoiler:Lenny]].
** Uri's [[TheDragon dragon]], Victor, might qualify as well. It is mentioned by one of the Indestructible Russians that Victor saved his life during the war.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Uri. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich How did they not get sued?]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Several, with the Russians beating Lenny and Johnny attacking a bouncer being good examples. (We don't see all of Johnny and the bouncer, but it ''starts'' with [[ThePenIsMightier Johnny jabbing the bouncer in the throat with a pencil]], and it just goes from there.)
* NoSell: Johnny is the only person to immediately recover from Archy's ArmorPierceringSlap.
* NotSoStoic: Archy isn't quite an emotionless man, but when in Roman and Mickey's office/recording studio he accidentally speaks into an on microphone. Intrigued, he sings a quite lyric into it before smiling at himself. When he sees the two producers and his own boss stare at him confused, he takes a few seconds to compose himself and get his intimidating face back on.
* PetTheDog: Archy has no love for Johnny, but when the newspaper reports that he is "missing, assumed dead," Archy offers his heartfelt condolences to Lenny.
* OhCrap: When the Russian gangsters just will not go down, there is a great one after one of them jumps onto the car. He puts the knife through the ceiling, after which One-Two stops the car. As everyone is thrown forward, One-Two ''just'' avoids having his face cut open by the potruding knife, and his face very much says this. After they see the Russian's other hand and knife coming for them over the bonnet, the entire Wild Bunch is afflicted by this trope:
--->'''One-Two:''' ''Abandon ship! Run for your lives!''
* OverlyLongGag: Archy teaching Danny [[SeriousBusiness how to slap someone properly]].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Upon learning that [[spoiler:Lenny is the man who's sold out half of the underworld to the cops, Archy included, Archy righteously subjects Len to his own "drown 'em in crayfish" experience]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lenny is constantly griping about immigrants (even when the people in question are native Brits) and tossing around less than politically correct terms.
* PrettyBoy: "Handsome" Bob.
* RealityEnsues:
** Mumbles and One-Two have criminal records, which make their attempted real estate purchase troublesome.
** No matter how MadeOfIron they are, [[spoiler: the Spetznaz are not wearing any body armor and go down from a few bullets from Archy's men. Even if it takes a bit.]]
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Subverted. Being former ''Spetznaz'', they can take it.
* SassySecretary: June, to Roman and Mickey.
* SequelHook: Johnny Quid drops the hint that he wants to be [[TitleDrop a REAL RocknRolla]] like Archy and the credits promise Johnny Quid, Archy, and the gang will be back in "The Real RocknRolla". Ritchie wrote a script for a sequel, but says that it's been sitting on the shelf while he deals with bigger projects.
* SerialEscalation: On a meta level. LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels focused on working class criminals, with a less-than-a-million pound fee at stake. ''Film/{{Snatch}}'' was middle class and dealt with the diamond business. Here, it's about what Archy calls "the good life:" rock and roll, fancy houses, and millions of euros being thrown around.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll are not all there is to being a [=RocknRolla=], but they're important parts.
* ShirtlessScene: Johnny Quid gets a few. Despite an impressive six pack and lithe frame, he's not quite MrFanservice, since all of those scenes come while he's grungy and strung out on drugs.
** The Spetnaz as well. As with Johnny, even though they're in great shape, it's hard to be fanservice since [[spoiler:they're about to torture One Two.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Tank.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Johnny Quid. The man was educated in private schools and his vocabulary and eloquence show it. He's also a hard-partying rock star who doesn't mind cursing.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Johnny's piano song is very peaceful and calming. Meanwhile, [[spoiler: Lenny is getting the tar beat out of him.]]
* TheStinger: During the end credits, [[spoiler: the full scene of One Two dancing with Handsome Bob at the gay bar is shown]].
* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Handsome Bob]], enough so that One Two had ''no idea'' (granted, he was the only one). Might border into BiTheWay, since he's known as a ladykiller with lots of girlfriends.
* AndThisIsFor: Once [[spoiler:Lenny's treachery as TheInformant is revealed, Archy sends him into his favorite torture trap, angrily reading off the sentences various criminals got, culminating with his own]].
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Russians.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The junkies. "Selling stolen fur coats in the middle of summer, would not seem unusual to the average junkie mind."
** Also Roman and Mickey, who are inseparable and also in continued confusion over the whole situation they find themselves in.
* TitleDrop: Three times, not counting Archy's dialogue in the beginning.
* TooDumbToLive: Stella, Stella, Stella. Ripping off seven million dollars from her employer once was incredibly dangerous and foolhardy (and if Uri had listened to Victor, suspicion would have fallen on her almost instantly), but then she does it ''again'', once more only evading being traced as the security leak because Uri likes her too much to suspect her. [[spoiler: Ironically, while her plan did get Victor waiting for a reason to act against her, what did her in was simple bad luck of accepting the painting from One Two and leaving it out where Uri could see it...although not realizing it was Uri's lucky painting if she's been working with him all this time is arguably ALSO too dumb to live.]]
* TrueCompanions: Handsome Bob is the epitome of this to his friends. Mumbles praises him as a paragon of the trope.
* TheUnreveal: Uri's painting is never revealed. The most we can tell is that it's got a black field, glimpsed when the junkies sell it. Of course, the prop is probably just a blank, black surface.
* VodaDrunkenski: [[spoiler: While the Spetznaz has One Two tied up and they're prepared for a sexual torture session, they're also blasting Russian rock and roll and pounding vodka like there's no tomorrow.]]
** Averted by Uri. When Lenny asks "I thought [Russians] drank vodka?" he simply replies "Whiskey is the new vodka." He also doesn't drink, and Lenny gets absolutely smashed.
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