Film / Snatch.

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Snatch (stylized as snatch.) is the second film by British director and recovering Madonna enthusiast Guy Ritchie; it was released in 2000. Like his first film, Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch is a humorous crime caper featuring a trainwreck of villains in a cartoonish London underworld.

The film's plot is essentially broken down into two mostly separate plot threads, both of which feature large ensemble casts.

The film opens with Frankie "Four Fingers" (Benicio del Toro) stealing a huge 86 carat diamond in Antwerp. With the help of a section of the Russian Mob that his boss is working with, Frankie is able to smuggle the diamond onto a plane, but his gun is taken by the Russians so as to not cause problems. Frankie is advised to see Boris (Rade erbedija), a local fence in London, if he wants a new gun. The Russian Gangster who took Frankie's gun, (who is actually Boris' brother) and Boris immediately begin conspiring on how to steal the diamond from Frankie before Frankie heads back home to America, without the deed leading back to them.

At this point we're introduced to Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), who are the closest thing the film has to main characters. The two are shady but basically decent entrepreneurs who dabble in unlicensed boxing and slot machines. Turkish, who has a reputation for running honest fights, has a bout coming up between his best fighter and one managed by monstrous local gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford). There's just one problem for Turkish: his boxer gets knocked out and seriously injured mere days before the bout by Mickey (Brad Pitt), a bareknuckle boxing Irish Traveller. Without a fighter, Turkish recruits Mickey to fill the empty spot, but Brick Top forces Turkish to fix the fight as compensation for the change in boxers. Turkish is uncomfortable being in Brick Top's debt and doubtful whether he can trust Mickey to go down as instructed. Both of these fears prove to be well founded.

Meanwhile, Boris has decided that the best way to go about getting the diamond without seeming to be involved is to prey on Frankie's gambling addiction. Boris gives Frankie a tip about how the upcoming fight with Brick Top's fighter is supposed to be fixed, which sends Frankie off to the bookie to place a bet on it. Boris then hires a pair of pawnbrokers (Sol (Lennie James) and Vincent (Robbie Gee)) to ambush him at Brick Top's bookie. When Frankie disappears, his boss and New York crime kingpin "Cousin Avi" (Dennis Farina) heads to London and recruits the enforcer-for-hire Bullet-Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find Frankie and the diamond.

The two threads parallel each other and eventually converge in surprising ways before the dust finally settles.


This film contains examples of:

  • Alter Kocker: The Jewish gangsters in the opening credits dress up like Alter Kocker, with Hasidic dress and Yiddish accents. Frankie Four Fingers' natural accent, however, is very Yiddish.
  • Anachronic Order: A car crash scene involving three different cars.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Once Boris hears that only Franky could open the case cuffed to him, he decides to chop off Franky's hand with the case still connected.
  • Anti-Hero: Turkish is definitely a shady character, and hardly a nice guy, but he's by far the most decent of the bunch. On account of being the only one who's not a violent criminal. Or a complete idiot.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Arc Words: "Stay Down". The whole plot is started, and ultimately resolved, with Mickey repeatedly refusing to actually stay down when is ordered, threatened or even advised to do so.
  • Arch-Enemy: Brick Top to Mickey O'Neil.
    "Do you know what Nemesis means?"
  • Ask a Stupid Question...
    Mullet: What the fuck are you doin', Tone?
    Tony: I'm driving down the street with your head stuck in my window. What do you think I'm doing, you pen-arse?
    • And later:
      Avi: Why do they call him the bullet-dodger?
      Tony:(Beat) Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
    • And later:
      Policeman: What's in the car?
      Turkish: Seats and a steering wheel.
  • Badass Bystander: The girl behind the counter at Brick Top's betting shop. She stares down some flunky robbers and manages to shoot at them with their own gun before escaping.
  • Badass Driver: Subverted with Tyrone. He's introduced as an experienced getaway driver, but doesn't really live up to his hype.
    Sol: He's a natural. Ain't you, Tyrone?
    Tyrone: 'Course I am. [backs the car into a parked van]
    Vincent: A natural fucking idiot!
  • Batter Up: Turkish uses what looks like a lead-cored baseball bat to take out two similarly-armed thugs during the attack on his arcade.
  • Beastly Bloodsports: Brick Top's dogfighting racket and the pikeys' hare coursing.
  • Berserk Button: You don't ever want to hurt a pikey's family. It may not be immediate, but your demise is a foregone conclusion.
    Turkish: For every action, there is a reaction. And a pikey reaction is quite a fucking thing.
  • BFG: "That's a fucking anti-aircraft gun, Vincent!" Also, Bullet-Tooth Tony's "Desert Eagle. Point-five-oh."
  • Benevolent Boss: Avi, sort of. He has a seemingly fatherly relationship with Frankie, affectionately calling him "Bubi" and is genuinely concerned for his well-being when he disappears (though he's even more worried about losing the diamond).
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Brick Top, Boris and Avi.
  • Binge Montage: The "pikey funeral" for Mickey's mother.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The most sympathetic characters are Turkish, Tommy, and the Irish Traveller clan. Turkish and Tommy are shady characters in the London underworld who run unlicensed boxing matches, gambling houses, etc. Turkish in particular is a rather cutting Deadpan Snarker. The Travellers participate in the sale of fake gold and jewels, rip off their business partners in transactions, then intimidate them with force, and at one point consider killing Tommy over a misunderstanding. The least sympathetic character is Brick Top, who routinely kills off his mooks, brutalizes dogs and puts them into lethal dogfights, kills people and feeds them to pigs to dispose of the bodies, sets fire to the caravan of one of the gypsies (burning her alive), and threatens to wipe out the rest of the clan if they don't cooperate with him. Mickey, though, seems to be portrayed as a lighter shade of grey.
  • Black Comedy
  • Black Guy Dies First: Inverted. Sol, Vinnie, Lincoln and Tyrone are on the very short list of people who don't die, although Sol, Vinnie and Lincoln get nicked. In the commentary tracks, Robbie Gee (who plays Vinnie) appreciatively notes this trope and its aversion.
  • Blatant Lies: Boris telling people that the weight of any weapon he sells them is a sign of reliability.
  • Book Ends: Turkish and Tommy sat in front of a man. Doug The Head, to whom they're selling the diamond.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted and followed. Bullet Tooth Tony is unable to kill Tyrone because he runs out of bullets killing Boris the bullet dodger he pulls the trigger, the gun goes click, and he comments "You lucky bastard". In this sequence, he reloads at least once, and each magazine holds 7 shots, exactly as many as the real Desert Eagle in .50 AE holds. Later on, however, Cousin Avi gets the gun and fires 10 shots at a dog without a reload.
  • Break Them by Talking: Tony does this to Sol, Vinny, and Tyrone.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: The stolen diamond is placed in an attache case secured by wire to Franky's arm. When Franky is captured by the Yardies, Boris the Blade asks for Franky and his case for 10 grand. When the Yardies say no deal, Boris executes Franky and then asks for the case again. The Yardies then say that Franky was the only one who knew the combination to the case. Undeterred, Boris chops Franky's arm off, removes the wire, takes the case, and leaves the Yardies with Franky's body.
  • Callback:
    • The Madonna track that Tony hears on the radio and gushes over is the same song that was playing when he got shot in flashback.
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony's introductory shot has him slamming a victim's head in a car door, which was also an iconic moment for Jones' character Big Chris in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels.
    • Doug's daughters tell their father, each separately and then both together, "Yeah, Dad, you told us." This echoes a scene in Lock, Stock in which Big Chris and Barry say "No, Harry, you can't" in the same pattern.
  • Captain Obvious: Common in result to a stupid question. It's especially egregious with Errol, Brick Top's Dragon.
  • Cassandra Truth: Played with by Errol - in spite of being the Dumb Muscle in Brick Top's eyes, the few utterances he makes of his own volition would have saved Brick Top a ton of grief if heeded.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Turkish mocks Tommy for buying a gun, then mocks him further when the gun turns out to be defective, but Tommy successfully uses it to hold off Brick Top's Mooks and secure their escape.
  • Chekhov's Gunman The dog. Though he's initially introduced in the movie for some comic relief between Sol and Vinny, swallowing the diamond in the back of Sol and Vinny's shop sets up Turkish and Tommy to recover the diamond when they find the dog in the abandoned pikey camp at the end of the movie, connecting the two stories together.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Again, the dog that can swallow large objects without much effort. Both times are Played for Laughs but the second time is important to the plot.
  • The Chessmaster: Of all people, Mickey. There's a reason he kept winning those fights. He wanted to. There are two steps :
  • The Chew Toy: Tyrone. Both metaphorically and literally.
    • There's also an actual chew toy.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Avi is waiting to explode into them at any time.
      Doug the Head: Avi!
      Avi: Shut up and sit down, you big bald fuck. I don't like leaving my country, Doug, and I especially don't like leaving it for anything other than white sandy beaches and cocktails with little straw hats.
      Doug the Head: We've got sandy beaches, Avi.
      Avi: So? Who the fuck wants to see 'em?
    • Just watch this DVD extra.
    • Avi's tendency to drop a Cluster F-Bomb at any moment isn't too surprising when you consider that he's played by the same guy who brought us Ray Bones.
    • According to IMDB the word "fuck" is said 163 times in the movie. The movie is 104 minutes long so it's said about one and half times per minute.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Brick Top is a fan, as evidenced by the title card, gathering information from Tyrone and his intended execution of The whole Pawn Shop gang until Sol mentions the diamond.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: The plot is driven by a variety of criminals vying over a diamond, intersecting with Irish Travelers clashing with an underground boxing promoter.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Averted. Tony shouts through the wall for his boss to duck, then empties the magazine at body height through the wall. He successfully hits two of the four guys in the hallway besides his boss, and the other two decide to scram.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • The car crash scene. In a hilarious manner.
    • And earlier, Boris showing up in Doug's shop.
  • Cool Guns: Sol tries to rob the bookie's with a sawed-off SPAS-12.
  • Country Matters: Brick Top shows how Sophisticated as Hell he is:
    "Do you know what Nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by a 'orrible cunt. Me."
  • Creator Cameo: In the back of the bar when we are first introduced to Doug The Head, Guy Ritchie is the man reading the newspaper.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-universe. Tommy repeats the common myth that drinking milk is 'not in sync with evolution' and that the human digestive system 'hasn't gotten used to it yet', which is complete nonsense where Europeans are concerned. Turkish's reaction says it all, really.
    Turkish: Well, fuck me. What have you been reading?
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every fight Mickey gets into. A good trait in a boxer? Not if he's supposed to be throwing those fights...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Many characters.
    • "Well, c'mon. Before ze Germans get here."
    • Tommy is panicking about what to do if any of the countless things that can go wrong with the plan they're forced into go wrong. Turkish has no trouble working out the right thing to do but Tommy doesn't seem too happy with a plan involving "get murdered before we leave the building and I imagine we get fed to the pigs."
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony and Avi spend most of their part in the proceedings dealing with things via copious amounts of heavy sarcasm as well.
      Bullettooth Tony: Boris the Bullet-Dodger?
      Avi: Why do they call him that?
      Bullettooth Tony: ...Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
    • "Anything to declare?" "Yeah — don't go to England!"
  • Defiant to the End:
    • Boris curses at Tony even after being shot several times with a Desert Eagle. Tony finally decides to take his time to aim properly and puts in a point-blank headshot to make sure he doesn't get up again.
    • Just before that, Tony's boss Avi is confronted by the Yardies and by Boris the Blade, both demanding to give them the diamond. Both sides receive only F-bombs for an answer.
  • Diagonal Cut: An accidental example involving a huge knife and a car crash.
    Well, you can bring him with you if you like. But which bit would you like?
  • Disappearing Bullets: After Tommy suggests that Turkish sign Madfist or John the Gun to replace the injured Gorgeous George, Turkish informs him that Madfist went mad (cut to Madfist in a padded room swatting imaginary flies) and The Gun shot himself (cut to John the Gun suck-starting a Glock in the shower, with everything except the bullet hole).
  • Disposing of a Body:
    • Brick Top's very detailed description of how to feed a body to pigs.
    • Lincoln points out that "bad boy yardies" generally create the bodies without thought of erasing the bodies.
    • The Pikeys' another modus operandinote  comes with the fact that they are nomadic people, meaning that they can drop a dozen bodies in their campsite, bury them and vanish from existence. This is mentioned repeatedly throughout the movie. and what do you know...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Upon learning that Mickey won't fight unless his mother is bought a new caravan, Brick Top's response is to set fire to Mickey's mother's existing caravan... while she's still asleep inside of it. And plans to wipe out Mickey's entire clan if he doesn't throw the fight. Which means that Mickey's own revenge on Brick Top in fact comes across as pretty well deserved.
  • Distracted from Death: When the dog eats the diamond, Avi is so distracted by first shooting at it and then starting to chase it that he doesn't even notice that his wild shots resulted in an I Just Shot Marvin in the Face scenario and killed Tony. It's not until Avi tries to give Tony a few orders and gets no answer that he looks around, and sees the body.
  • The Ditz: Sol, Vinnie and Tyrone, as well as Tommy.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: The Pikeys' modus operandi. Every time either Tommy or Turkish deal with them, their arguments and demands get increasingly zanier and unintelligible.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Boris The Bullet Dodger seems to have a talent for making bullets miss him. In Boris' death scene, Tony has to use every bullet from a Desert Eagle clip before he manages to hit Boris, and that only works because he aims very carefully with the last shot. The .50AE Desert Eagle's absolutely hellacious recoil probably wasn't doing Tony's marksmanship any favours though.
  • Door Dumb: Sol and Vinnie make an unsuccessful attempt to rob a bookie. In retreat after the bullet-proof shutters have fallen over the counter, they are stymied by the shop's door. Needless to say, after they have given up hope of getting out and collapsed to the floor (revealing their unmasked faces to the CCTV), their getaway driver, Tyrone, opens the door the other way to see what's taking them so long. In a Brick Joke, you actually see them push the door to get in.
  • Dramatic Deadpan: "Now... we are fucked." Tommy chastises Turkish for being seemingly calm about their ordeal, only to be told angrily by the latter that if he's expecting solutions, there are none to find.
  • Dramatis Personae
  • The Dragon: Errol to Brick Top, being the leader of his goons. Avi has Bullet Tooth Tony as his right hand man, who's also arguably a Dragon-in-Chief.
  • The Dreaded: Brick Top and Boris.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Tyrone is the one who shows Sol and Vince that the bookie's door opens inwards.
  • Dumb Muscle: John. Errol is believed to be this, but he is the more pragmatic of the two (even if it annoys his boss).
  • Epic Fail: Anything attempted by Sol, Vince, or Tyrone. The bookie robbery deserves special mention.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Brick Top ordering a pair of Mooks tasered and suffocated to death with plastic bags...in full view of witnesses, whom he then effortlessly intimidates into silence.
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony repeatedly slamming a man's head in a car door, then pausing to answer his car phone with a jaunty, "Bonjour!" (doubles as a Casting Gag to Vinnie Jones doing the same in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
    • The credits montage that opens the movie is essentially catching every single character in the middle of a split-second establishing moment. and it spoils the very end of the film as soon as the Title Drop.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tony's reaction to Avi's command to "look in the dog."
    Tony: What do you mean "LOOK IN THE DOG?!"
    Avi: I mean open him up.
    Tony: ... it's not a tin of fucking baked beans, what do you mean "Open him up"?!
    Avi: You know what I mean.
    Tony: That's a bit strong, ennit?
  • Even the Subtitler Is Stumped: Mickey is deliberately unintelligible as a response to complaints about hard-to-understand British actors in the director's previous film, and at certain points the film's subtitles resort to question marks. The DVD commentary reveals that Pitt came up with the gibberish on his own and even he has no idea what he is supposed to be saying. There is an option on the DVD to turn on "Pikey Subtitles," which explain what his and other Pikey characters are saying, but at one point even they are stumped and resort to the aforementioned "???"
  • Evil Old Folks: Brick Top.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin:
    Avi: Why do they call him the "bullet dodger"?
    Tony: ...Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
    • Also Bullet Tooth Tony, so named because of his false teeth which are bullets set in gold (bullets he was shot with no less)
  • Extreme Omnivore: The dog eats a shoe, a rubber chew toy, and an 86 carat diamond...which has actually lost a couple of carats by the time it comes out of his digestive tract.
  • Fake Shemp: When Vinny and Sol are sitting outside Brick-Top's Bookies, about to give him the diamond, the man that approaches the car is not really Bullet-Tooth Tony, it was a look-alike. Vinnie Jones didn't show up for shooting that day because he was in jail for fighting the night before.
  • Fake Weakness: Tommy and Gorgeous George understand they got ripped off by the pikeys. Things are about to get nasty if they don't flee. Suddenly, Mickey proposes a boxing match to settle it down : Tommy falls for it without a second thought.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Almost." Boris the Blade
    • "Thank God for that." Bullet-Tooth Tony
    • "I'll cut him, I got a blade." Rosebud
    • "Gimme the fuckin' shooter!" Bricktop
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot: Tyrone
  • Fed to Pigs: This is what Brick Top does to anyone who really pisses him off. His monologue about the subject provides the page quote.
  • Fight Clubbing: The various unlicensed boxing events ... featuring Mr Fightclub.
  • First-Name Basis: Only three characters' both first and last names are known (Boris Yurinov, Mickey O'Neil and Abraham Denovitz), and only the first two are said out loud in the film, the last of the three is always referred to as "(Cousin) Avi".
    • Doug The Head's surname is presumably Denovitz as well (as per the name of his store), and Brick Top's surname appears to be Paulton (as called by Gary) or Paulford (as called by Sol).
  • Fixing the Game: Everyone knows that Brick Top runs crooked boxing matches and Turkish does not. Which means that secretly forcing Turkish to throw a fight could be very profitable for Brick Top and his underworld cronies... or very costly if Mickey doesn't go through with it.
  • Flaw Exploitation:
    • Upon learning that Frankie has a bad gambling habit, Boris quickly finds a way to use that to make sure his pawns can ambush Frankie.
    • Boris also exploits the fact that Tommy, as a relative newcomer, knows exactly zilch about guns; he ends up selling him a lemon.
  • Forced Prize Fight: A major subplot involves first getting Mickey into a fixed underground boxing match, and then forcing him to actually go along with the fix.
  • Foreshadowing: Tony's introduction establishes him as a polite man. Later, he talks down Vinny and co. rather than resort to violence. It all set-ups his Even Evil Has Standards scene.
  • Former Regime Personnel: Boris is ex-KGB, which Tony notes will make him difficult to find. This really just sets up a joke in that as Tony states this, Boris walks into Doug the Head's jewellery shop.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Brick Top wears gigantic old fart glasses.
  • Gambit Pileup: Including attempted ones done by people who are really bad at chess.
  • The Gambling Addict: Frankie Four Fingers. Every single character that knows about his gambling tries to either desperately keep him from it, or trick him into it. He's called Four Fingers for a reason.
  • Genre-Busting: A Brazilian review stated it was hard to qualify. "Action? Not sure, but has some electrifying scenes. Comedy? If it's not, only God can explain all the laughter in my theater. Drama? Maybe, the comic side switches into scenes that could easily enter a yellow press tabloid."
  • Getaway Driver: Tyrone is this despite his size causing his exits from the car to take long. But Sol says he's really fast when the situation calls for it. He is much faster on foot than you'd think, but against Errol and John in a car...
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Rosebud: I hate Russians. I'll take care of him.
    Tony: He's all yours, Rosebud, me old son.
    Rosebud: Not a problem.
    (cut to Rosebud bleeding from his scalp)
    Rosebud: You gotta get me to a doctor! Shoot that fuck! And then get me to a doctor!
  • Gold Tooth: Bullet-Tooth Tony was shot six times in one sitting and survived. Doug the Head molded the bullets into gold (don't think too hard about that) and now Tony wears them as teeth.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Shown when Turkish says that "The Gun shot himself." We see him pointing a gun to his head, and then the camera pans to the right, showing the white bathroom wall. Next thing we know, there is a gunshot and a splatter of red blood on the wall.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • After Mickey refuses to throw the first fight, Brick Top is seen talking to a pair of men who go unnamed. As ruthless, violent, and terrifying Brick Top is, he was clearly uneasy about these men being angry with him, and quickly began apologizing to them and promising that he would make it up to them. Considering that Brick Top has no compunctions against ordering murders in front of witnesses, one can only shudder to think how awful someone must be to make Brick Top uneasy around them.
    • Jack The All Seeing Eye and Salt Peter, high-level London gangsters who "make Brick Top look like a skirt-clinging thumb-sucker".
  • Groin Attack:
    • Suffered by Tommy when he attempted to complain to Boris about the defective firearm he'd been sold. Boris had recently been run over and was in no mood to listen.
    • Brick threatens a rowdy spectator with cutting his "fucking Jacobs off" if he ever shouts at him again, and then cuts him in the leg just to show that he is not kidding.
  • GuileAntihero: Turkish's default setting, although by the end of the film he can't outgambit the others.
  • Hair-Trigger Sound Effect: Once the dahg swallows the chew toy, its presence is announced by noticeably squeaky breathing.
  • Hand Cannon:
    • Tony's Desert Eagle.
    • Tommy's enormous, broken revolver. Boris even notes that it's really heavy as a selling point.
  • Handcuffed Briefcase: An 84-carat diamond makes its way to London in a suitcase handcuffed to Franky Four Fingers. Once Boris hears that only Franky could open the case, he decides to chop off Franky's hand with the case still connected.
  • Here We Go Again: Avi's arc ends with the same sequence that began it when he flies back to London (after implicitly swearing never to go back) to retrieve the diamond.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Turkish and Tommy.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Basically what Avi is subjected to over the course of the movie.
    • Sol, Vincent and Tyrone are just everyone's chew toy.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick:
    • Doug's twin girls are considerably more grounded and seemingly have more common sense than he does.
    • Tony as well. If Avi hadn't ended up accidentally killing him, Tony might have singlehandedly retrieved the diamond for him.
  • I Don't Pay You to Think: Brick Top doesn't like his Dragon Errol to do any thinking.
    Brick Top: He's been quite a busy little bastard, that Turkish.
    Errol: I think you've let him get away with enough, Guv'nor.
    Brick Top: It'll get you in a lot of trouble thinking, Errol. I wouldn't do too much of it.
    (later)
    Brick Top: What do you think, Errol?
    Errol: I think we should drip dry 'em, Guv'nor. While we've got the chance.
    Brick Top: (exasperated) It was a rhetorical question, Errol. What have I told you about thinking?
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face:
    • The dog jumps up on Avi and grabs the diamond out of his hand, then runs out of the room. Avi responds by firing his gun wildly, trying to hit the dog without being mindful of what (or who) is in the line of fire. One of the shots hits and kills Bullet-Tooth Tony by mistake.
    • And Rosebud, Avi's henchman, accidentally stabs himself.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Rosebud comes off as a brick-faced mountain of a man with an attitude and a penchant for knifes, gets his ass delivered to him by Boris and ends up stabbing himself against the passenger seat with a katana when Tony gets in a car accident.
  • Implacable Man: Tony and Boris both.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Sol and Vince, the loser duo of pawnshop crooks who try their hand at the big(ger) leagues. It does not go well for them.
  • Informed Flaw: Doug's view of Bullet-Tooth Tony as 'a liability' doesn't seem entirely fair, since he's pretty much a paragon of efficient, understated badassery throughout the film. Yes, in real life you'd probably get pulled in for driving along with an informant's head trapped in your car window or drawing a Desert Eagle in a pub - but in a universe where one can apparently limp freely through London flourishing an assault rifle and muttering to oneself in Uzbek, that's not really relevant. Granted, Doug's reaction to the mention of Tony may just be an indication that, to him, the situation has escalated the possibility of Tony's involvement will make things too violent and dangerous for Doug's liking. Given that seconds later, Tony is shown slamming a guy's head against the door of his car, and how violent some of the events Tony is involved with will become, Doug's not exactly wrong.
  • Informed Judaism: In a much different way than the trope usually goes. Doug and Avi are constantly informing others that they're Jewish... even though Doug, at least, really isn't.
    He thinks it's good for business. In the diamond business, it is good for business.
  • Irish Travellers: One of the main plot threads kicks off with Tommy trying to buy a caravan (mobile home or RV to Americans) from a clan of "Pikeys". The other characters consider them untrustworthy at best and the reputation isn't entirely undeserved, but given the tone of the film, they're as close to heroic as any of the characters get.
  • Ironic Nickname: Brick Top probably received his nickname before his hair went grey. Also, Gorgeous George is rather unattractive.
  • Irony: To such a degree that 'Ironic Situations' could be a replacement title for the movie. Some notable examples include:
    • Sol, Vincent and Tyrone are hired by Boris to rob Frankie as he's putting a bet on at the bookies under cover of robbing the entire establishment. They sit outside for hours waiting for him to show up... completely unaware that he was in the van they rear-ended as they arrived and was knocked unconscious by the collision.
    • Tommy and Turkish, the only two main characters who were not involved in the diamond plot and had no idea it even existed, end up acquiring and profiting from it.
  • I Will Show You X:
    One of the Travellers: (to Brick Top) I'll give ya a fuckin' shooter, ya cunt.
  • Jerkasses: Everyone to varying degrees, though Cousin Avi and (especially) Brick Top stand out in particular.
  • Kick the Dog: There's no real reason to dislike Avi until he gives a certain command involving a dog. Bricktop is also seen killing two Mooks and brutalizing dogs early in the film to establish him as a villain amongst villains. When he orders the burning of Mickey's caravan with his mother still inside, he crosses a Moral Event Horizon.
  • Knife Nut: Seems to be a thing among criminals. Boris is known as "Boris the Blade" and carries what is apparently a butcher's knife on him. Rosebud later produces a chef's knife. Tony dismisses that, telling him to use his "proper knife" which is...a cavalry sword.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Brick Top. While he has a lot of funny moments (albeit in a rather dark way) and is generally Laughably Evil, he's also responsible for the more intense situations in the film, and not all of his cruelty is Played for Laughs either. Special mention goes to him ordering his men to burn down the Caravan that belongs to Mickey's mother, while she's still sleeping inside it.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Tony does this, but Mickey takes the cake. He spends most of the fight against Gorgeous methodically cracking his entire skeleton, before laying him out with one punch.
  • Kosher Nostra: The characters make several references to the involvement of Jews in the diamond trade. There are several crooked Jewish gangsters mixed up in it.
    • "Hava Nagila" (a traditional Jewish celebration song) also shows up multiple times in the soundtrack. Usually when something is about to go completely arse-end up for everyone involved.
  • Landing Gear Shot: When Cousin Avi travels from New York to London, and again when he returns to New York. Both times, the footage is part of a brief, frenetic montage of the whole trip, including a passport getting stamped and Avi downing a drink on the plane.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By the end of the film, Turkish and Tommy, the only people who didn't try anything more criminal or morally questionable than surviving and who didn't even know the diamond existed, end up profiting from it. Everyone else is either dead, arrested, or suffered a severe loss.
    • Except Mickey, who actually out-gambitted everyone. Although his mom was killed...
      • Also, it's implied that Avi will get the diamond, and therefore a big profit, which probably goes a long way toward making up for the losses of Frankie and Rosebud.
  • Laughably Evil: Even for a Guy Ritchie movie, Brick Top is truly a complete monster, brutalizing dogs and people both, committing multiple cold blooded murders and threatening to wipe out an entire Traveller clan. He's also really funny, and gets many of the best lines in the movie.
  • Law of Inverse Recoil: A Desert Eagle .50 Action Express doesn't seem to have a lot of recoil when fired one-handed by both Tony and Cousin Avi.
  • Leitmotif: The film uses Leitmoffs occasionally by sampling bits of songs from its soundtrack when it shifts focus to another group of characters. Perhaps most noticeable is the use of "Dreadlock Holiday" several times when focus switches to the pawn shop gang. Just as conspicuous is the Russian folk tune "Korobushka", which tends to follow Boris wherever he goes. As in, he walks into a room, the song plays, he walks out, it stops, he walks back in, it continues.
  • Likes Older Women: Tommy seems to have quite the soft spot for Mickey's mam...
  • Little Useless Gun: Bullet Tooth Tony is shown in a flashback to have been shot by an Asian gangster wielding a small pistol. After six shots, the gangster realises that Tony isn't dead and Tony just bum rushes him with a sword. Later, Tony is killed when Avi accidentally shoots him with his own Desert Eagle, showing that it just takes a bigger gun to do the job.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • London Gangster: Brick Top, and several others.
  • Losing Is Worse Than Death: Mickey will not take a dive, even when very explicitly and very credibly threatened with death. Subverted in two different ways. First, it's not honor, he's working his own angle. And second, Brick Top's retribution for the first non-dive turns out to be more brutal than he bargained for.
  • MacGuffin: The 86 carat diamond. Several characters spend much of the film trying to get the diamond, however by the end of the film, most of the bad guys end up in jail or dead. The diamond gets swallowed by a dog which in turn is adopted by Turkish and Tommy, the only main characters who were not involved with the diamond plot.
    • However, the other (much smaller, but way more numerous) diamonds stolen along with the big one are quickly forgotten.
  • Made of Iron: Tony having survived getting shot six times (in one sitting) in the past automatically qualifies him. Boris earned his nickname "The Bullet-Dodger" by, well, dodging bullets and it takes a full magazine from Tony's Desert Eagle .50 to lay him out for good. And Mickey, who gives his first opponent about 8 free hits before laying him out.
  • The Mafiya: Boris isn't actually a "sneaky fuckin' Russian," but a sneaky fuckin' Uzbek.
  • Mathematician's Answer:
    Customs Agent: Anything to declare?
    Avi: Yeah. Don't go to England.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Played with. Boris' two nicknames (Boris the Blade and Boris the Bullet Dodger) actually aren't all that accurate. He's only seen using a blade once in the entire movie, and he doesn't dodge bullets so much as absorb them. His third name "Boris the sneaky fucking Russian" at least gets the adjectives dead-on right, but he's actually an Uzbek.
    • Rosebud is named so because he looks like Orson Welles an awful lot.
    • Two of the other fighters Tommy suggests to replace Gorgeous George after Mickey nearly kills him go by the names "Mad Fist Willy" and "John The Gun." Turkish tells him that Mad Fist went mad and the Gun shot himself.
  • Mle Trois: The Kosher Nostra (Avi and Tony) vs. The Yardies (Sol, Vince and Tyrone) vs. The Mafiya (Boris) showdown in the bar backdoor hallway. The Kosher Nostra wins, Boris dies (but takes a lot of bullets to go), while two of the Yardies flee with the McGuffin diamond.
  • Mob-Boss Suit Fitting: There's a scene where Frankie Four Fingers talks with his boss Avi while being fitted for a suit in London. Played more for comedy than anything else, because Frankie is an underling rather than a boss, and some of the suits he is trying on are both a bit outdated and will change very quickly between takes. (For example, he'll be fully in a suit for one take, then a couple of seconds later he'll be half dressed in another, totally different suit from a different era).
  • Morton's Fork: Played with. Turkish is put in the position of having to either be in Brick Top's pocket or be killed by him; neither choice is delectable, they are equally dangerous and it all depends on a drunk, unreliable Pikey. What he doesn't know is that said Pikey is also playing his own game.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Cousin Avi's airplane flights to and from England use a Darren Aronofsky-style "hip-hop montage" for comedic effect. In two seconds of screen time, he's moved halfway across the world.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • The dilemma faced by Tommy after Gorgeous George is laid out with one punch by Mickey at the Travellers' campsite. It looks as though Gorgeous is dead, and as Turkish's narration points out, since that the Travellers are nomads anyway there's absolutely no reason for them to hang around and answer awkward questions from the authorities about why a man died in their campsite when they can just bury two people and disappear to another campsite never to be seen again. Fortunately for both, George is seriously injured but alive, but for a moment there, Tommy looks rather concerned.
      Turkish: Tommy — the tit — is praying. And if he's not, he fuckin' should be.
    • Foreshadowing is at work here; the Travellers end up doing just this, just to Bricktop's gangsters instead.
    • Killing people also appears to be Bricktop's preferred solution to problems as well.
  • Never Found the Body: Brick Top guarantees this by feeding the corpses to pigs. In a scene, he describes the animal's eating process.
  • Noble Demon: Tony. He's Affably Evil at worst, follows Even Evil Has Standards, and never displays any prejudice, simply going about his job.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the exchange under Exactly What It Says on the Tin above, none of Boris' nick names - Boris the Blade, Boris the Bullet-Dodger, and Boris the Sneaky Fucking Russian- are particularly accurate. He carries a large blade, but doesn't use it much. He doesn't so much dodge bullets as he absorbs them. And he's from Uzbekistan, not Russia.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Turkish has screwed up a deal he had with Brick Top, which cost Brick Top a lot of money. Turkish runs back to his office, hoping he can get there and take all the money he has in his safe and flee the country. Brick Top and his goons are already there. Rather than killing Turkish, Brick Top has Turkish make everyone some tea, has a surprisingly civilized conversation where he explains what Turkish has to do to make up for this, and then, just before leaving, forces Turkish to open his safe and give everything inside to Brick Top.
  • No One Should Survive That: Several of the characters appear to be virtually immortal - including Bullet Tooth Tony and Boris the Blade (aka "Boris the bullet dodger"). Shot over and over again they just won't die! Until they do. Boris winds up the victim of a Rasputinian Death, while Tony, who became famous for getting shot 6 times by an enemy and being strong enough to kill the guy with a sword afterwards, gets killed by a stray bullet from a Hand Cannon.
  • Not on the List: Avi and Doug stopped multiple times before gaining admittance to an unlicensed boxing match. Avi is annoyed, griping, "We're on the list!"
  • Not So Different: Sol and Vincent are essentially a slightly more dodgy and violent (and in Sol's case, slightly less smart) version of Turkish and Tommy.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: Bullet Tooth Tony, when being threatened with replica guns.
  • Offhand Backhand: Boris barely seems to notice Tommy is even there when he walks to his door, does a Groin Attack without slowing down or stopping his angry muttering, and walks back out of his house with an assault rifle before Tommy stands up.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Rosebud manages (apparently with some slight help from Avi and Tony) to subdue Boris. He's heavily injured and bleeding profusely afterward, but he beat Boris.
  • Offscreen Reality Warp: Played for humour: Frankie Four Fingers is on the phone to Cousin Avi while being fitted by a tailor. The film cross-cuts between the two and Frankie is wearing a completely different outfit each time.
  • Oh, Crap!: There are plenty of examples of this in the film.
    • Bad Boy Lincoln when he recognizes Bricktop.
    • Turkish and Tommy's reaction when Mickey knocks out Bricktop's fighter (both times).
      Turkish: Now, we are fucked.
    • Sol, Vince and Tyrone's reactions to Bullet Tooth Tony's Desert Eagle, and Avi's reaction to accidentally killing Bullet Tooth Tony.
    • Brick Top gets a retroactive one; at the climax, we see him hang up his phone with a troubled expression on his face. It's only after a flashback that we realize it's because his plan to teach Mickey a lesson by killing his entire clan has gone badly wrong. And he gets another one right before he's gunned down by Mickey's men.
    • The guy who tried to shoot Tony six times in flashback also looks rather anxious when Tony refuses to 'fucking die' and comes at him with a sword.
    • Mickey gets one in the last fight in the movie, when he almost knocks the other fighter out in the first round. He's worried because he knows that his friends haven't had enough time to take care of Brick Top's men, and if he won the fight that early, they'd all be fucked. Proper fucked.
    • Tommy looks a little bit concerned after Mickey knocks Gorgeous George out cold with one punch and it looks like he's dead. To be more accurate, he looks like he's holding back tears of pure panic and a desperate urge to scream "Oh God, please don't kill me as well."
    • Mullet gets the wide-eyed Oh, Crap! look when Tony calls out to him.
    • Tony when he realises that Boris the Blade is involved.
    • Turkish is trying to get the hell out of dodge and tries to open the safe in his office, only to find Brick Top and his cronies expecting tea.
  • One-Hit Kill: "One Punch Mickey", Gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion. Bonus points for doing it when he shouldn't.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Bricktop.
  • Only Sane Man: Mickey and Turkish seem to be the only main characters in the film who are not too greedy, crazy, or stupid. Mickey only appears crazy.
  • ...Or So I Heard: Brick Top drops an "apparently" and an "I hear" into his Fed to Pigs monologue.
  • Ordered to Cheat: Turkish is under strict orders to make his boxer take the dive, which he passes on to Mickey... who is terrible at it. Because he has his own game in play that involves not diving. 'Orrible things ensue.
  • Pants-Positive Safety: Turkish points this out to Tommy:
    "What's to stop it blowing your bollocks off every time you sit down?"
    • Then again, the gun turns out to be useless.
  • Parallel Parking: Tyrone smashes hard into a van (ironically containing the guy his bosses are looking for) while backing into a space "big enough for a jumbo jet."
    "It was at a funny angle."
    "It's behind you, Tyrone! When you back up, things come from behind you!"
  • Pet the Dog: Bullet Tooth Tony, who has no problem whatsoever shooting, slicing or otherwise dishing out pain to human opponents, balks at Avi's suggestion to "open" the dog in order to obtain the massive diamond which said dog had swallowed.
  • Pistol-Whipping:
    • Frankie Four Fingers pistol whips a man during a robbery in order to get another man to tell him where the diamond is.
    • Vinny attempts to pistol-whip Bullet-Tooth Tony, but Tony catches his wrist and notices that the gun has "Replica" written down the side of the barrel.
  • Plethora of Mistakes: Turkish and Tommy are only looking to buy a caravan from the travellers and end up down money, hospitalising their fighter and in deep shit with Brick Top when they use Mickey as a replacement. This has the knock on effect of messing up Sol, Vincent and Tyrone's attempt at robbing Brick Top's betting shop, as there's no money there.
  • Police Are Useless: The only time we even see any policemen comes after all the action is over and all the bad guys are dead.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Believing that Boris is Russian, Avi constantly refers to him as a "Cossack," which is meant as an insult because of the Cossacks' perpetration of anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia.
  • Powder Keg Crowd: The crowd during Mickey's second fight goes ape when he wins yet again in spite of being told not to do so and a pitched fight begins at the ring.
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": Brick Top, to Errol:
    Errol: [to Turkish] Oi, fuckface, was he talking to you?
    Turkish: Fuckface, huh? I like that. I'll have to remember that next time I'm crawling off your Mum.
    Brick Top: [to Errol] Not now.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    • The Traveller played by Jason Flemyng delivers a pretty good one to Brick Top before he blows away one of Bricktop's men:
      Brick Top: [On mobile] Pete, talk to me.
      Traveller: [On Pete's phone] If you want yer friend to hear ye, ye'll have to talk a lot louder than that. [BANG]
    • A Bit less eloquent, but when Brick Top — on seeing Turkish, Tommy and Mickey exit a door nearby — tries to get a gun from what he thinks is one of his men waiting in his car:
      Brick Top: Gimme a fuckin' shooter!
      Traveller: I'll give ye a fuckin' shooter, ye cunt ye. [BANG]
    • Tony does it to Tyrone — or tries, as it turns out his gun's just run out.
      Tony: Fuck you and all.
      [CLICK]
      Tony: ...You lucky bastard.
  • Psycho for Hire: Bullet Tooth Tony. He's not only one of the toughest guys in London, but he's willing to torture and kill people for a visiting American who will only be in town for a few days.
  • Psycho Serum: Turkish attributes both Boris' near-invulnerability and his extreme kookiness to "one too many disco-biscuits".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Attempted, poorly, by a wannabe badass, but it might have been better if it weren't aimed at Vinnie Jones.
    • Also, the bookie:
      Bookie: All bets are off.
      Sol: I'm not in here to make a fucking bet.
      Bookie: 'Preciated, but all. Bets. Are. Off. If all bets are off, then there can't be any money, can there?
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: It's best to watch this film on DVD so you can pause it to crack up laughing without missing another joke in the process. They're "blink and you'll miss it" at times.
  • Rare Guns: The two most prominent firearms in the film is a Franchi SPAS-12S shotgun ("That's a fucking anti-aircraft gun, Vincent!") and Tony's Desert Eagle "Point Five-Oh".
  • Rasputinian Death: Boris, appropriately. He gets attacked by Rosebud, stuffed in the back of Tony's car, survives the crash, gets run over and is finally shot multiple times.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Bullet Tooth Tony delivers a magnificent one to Sol, Vinny, and Tyrone when they attempt to get the diamond back.
    Tony: So. You're obviously the big dick. And the men on either side of you are your balls. There are two types of balls. There are big brave balls and there are little mincy faggot balls.
    Vinny: These are your last words so make them a prayer.
    Tony: Now dicks have drive and clarity of vision, but they're not clever. They smell pussy and they want a piece of the action. And you thought you smelled some good ole pussy and have brought your two little mincy faggot balls along for a good ole time. But you've got your parties muddled up. There's no pussy here. Just a dose that'll make you wish you were born a woman. Like a prick, you're having second thoughts. You're shrinking. And your two little balls are shrinking with you. And the fact that you've got 'Replica' written down the side of your guns...[they look in horror at their guns] and the fact that I've got Desert Eagle, point-five-oh written on the side of mine [They look at his with even more horror] should precipitate your balls into shrinking, along with your presence. Now... [he picks up his drink] ...Fuck off.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Avi's carelessness with firearms leads to Tony being killed by a stray bullet.
  • Red Baron: Boris the Blade (aka Boris the Bullet-Dodger aka Boris the Sneaky Fucking Russian), Doug the Head and Bullet-Tooth Tony
  • Revolvers Are For Amateurs: Nobody in this film uses revolvers with any real effectiveness. Boris sells dodgy revolvers to unsuspecting customers like Tommy, while favouring a semi-automatic himself. Sol attempts to use a revolver to shoot the door off the bookie's to escape and ends up destroying the bag full of coppers he and Vincent have stolen.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Brick Top's Establishing Character Moment, where he first has someone who's betrayed him in some manner or other disposed of. He then turns to the man's sidekick, tells him he's a vicious little bastard but he's "got no time for grassersnote ", and orders him disposed of as well.
    Brick Top: [To his boxers, who have just witnessed the whole affair] What the fuck are you looking at?
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Errol has this problem. Brick Top just wants him to be intimidating Dumb Muscle, but Errol has a tendency to answer rhetorical questions with pragmatic, ruthless advice. Eventually it leads Brick Top to get slightly fed up. "It was a rhetorical question, Errol. What have I told you about thinking?"
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Brick Top has secured Mickey's cooperation in a rigged fight by having his mother's caravan set on fire while she's still in it. It occurs to Mickey's allies that he appears to be cooperating rather mildly, under the circumstances... until the night of the fight. When it's revealed that as well as putting money on himself to win the fight and winning it, thus ripping Bricktop off completely, he and his fellow Travellers have arranged an ambush in which they bloodily wipe out pretty much all of Brick Top's organisation, including Brick Top himself. As Turkish notes: "For every action there's a reaction. And a pikey reaction is quite a fucking thing.""It had previously occurred to me that the pikey had taken the demise of his mother rather lightly. But for every action, there's a reaction. And a pikey reaction...is quite a fucking thing."
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: Or in this case, the mob bookie.
    "Do you know who this bookies belongs to?"
  • Running Gag: Mostly just repeated phrases like "sneaky fuckin' Russian", "Franky fuckin' Four Fingers", "I fucking hate pikeys", "proper fucked", and "ze Germans".
    • People keep getting killed in the back of Sol and Vincent's shop. The killers keep leaving Sol and Vincent to deal with the bodies.
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: Boris the Blade, an Uzbekistanian is captured, run over, and takes an entire Desert Eagle clip to be killed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Pretty much said word-for-word by Sol after witnessing a massive shoot out which they only just managed to survive.
      'Fuck it, we're outta here.'
    • When Avi realises he's just accidentally killed Bullet-Tooth Tony, he jumps on a plane right back to New York.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    "Boris the Blade? As in, Boris the Bullet-Dodger?"
    "Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?"
    beat "Because he dodges bullets, Avi."
  • Shirtless Scene: Brad Pitt as a bareknuckle boxer spends a lot of time with his shirt off, exposing his numerous gypsy tats and chiseled abs.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: The bookie and Mickey's fellow Travelers adhere to this.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    Brick Top: Do you know what Nemesis means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by a 'orrible cunt. Me.
  • Spanner in the Works: Mickey. He's consistently used and abused for the benefit of the other characters, but they learn to their cost that he's been busy making his own plans ever since Brick Top killed his mam.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Guy Ritchie's DVD Commentary reveals that in order to cut costs the two sides of the phone conversation between Cousin Avi and Doug the Head were shot at separate times on the same physical piece of film - which is why the timing is slightly off.
  • Spiritual Successor: For Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Similar tone, subject matter, and some crossover in cast and crew. Vinnie Jones is shown crushing someone's head in a car door in both films.
  • Spot of Tea: Brick Top is an avid tea drinker, and frequently has cups delivered to him. When Turkish asks if he wants sugar, Brick Top quips, "No thanks, Turkish. I'm sweet enough!"
  • Spoiler Opening: The title card starts with the eventual fate of the diamond - Avi grinning while he stashes it in his safe.
  • Stealth Pun: Brad Pitt's character first appears performing the act that 'Brad Pitt' is rhyming slang for.
  • Steel Eardrums: Both averted and played straight:
    • Boris puts in earplugs before shooting Frankie Four-Fingers, but no one else bothers with ear protection and they don't seem to suffer any ill effects.
    • Averted when Sol fires the replica gun in the car to prove they work. It damn near deafens everyone in the car and it bursts all the windows. Hell, if they fired those replicas off near Tony's ear, they probably could have stolen his gun.
  • Stray Shots Strike Nothing: When Avi is trying to shoot the dog with the diamond in him, he ends up accidentally killing Bullet-Tooth Tony.
  • Stupid Crooks: Sol, Vinny, and Tyrone. Apparently, everything they do was inspired by stories of real life stupid criminals shared on late night talk show monologues.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: The one time Turkish demonstrably loses his cool is when Tommy's pestering him about how they're going to ensure Mickey does what he should in the second fight.
    Tommy: So why are you so calm? ... I said—
    Turkish: I HEARD WHAT YOU SAID, TOMMY! It isn't like we got a choice, now, is it? You show me how to control a wild fuckin' pikey, and I'll show you how to control an unhinged, pig-feedin' gangster! Fuck me, I'm going for a walk!
  • Take a Third Option: Apparently trying to back the Irish Travellers into a corner is a really bad idea.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Turkish describes the caravan Mickey wants for his mother as "A tart's mobile palace." Cue the Death Glare from Mickey and the other travelers and Turkish quickly begins backpedalling.
    Turkish: I wasn't calling your mum a tart. Just...
  • That's What She Said: "In the quiet words of the Virgin Mary, come again?"
  • That Wasn't a Request: "Of course, fucking of course. I wasn't asking I was telling".
  • There Are No Police: There are shootings, robberies, attempted robberies, kidnappings, hit and run, mob activity and no police until the very last few minutes.
  • Those Two Guys: Turkish and Tommy.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: John and Errol, Brick Top's two main henchmen.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Referenced. When Tommy reveals he has bought a gun "for protection", Turkish replies "Who from? Ze Germans?"
  • Throwing the Fight: Mickey is asked to do this twice. He's not too keen on the idea.
  • Time-Compression Montage: Happens when Cousin Avi travels from New York to London, and again when he returns to New York, and when he goes back to London in the end. All the three times, the footage is part of a brief, frenetic montage of the whole trip, including a passport getting stamped and Avi downing a drink on the plane.
  • Title Drop: The film's title only appears once throughout the entire movie, where Vinny tells the dog, "Don't Snatch!" as it takes the squeaky toy. It is said to the dog because it's the dog who eats the diamond.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tommy, Turkish's timid little sidekick, grows a pair of giant Brass Balls before the movie is over. He saves Turkish's ass by walking in with his defective Hand Cannon and facing down a half-dozen of Brick Top's mooks armed with various bladed and blunt weapons. When Errol advances on him, does he back down, knowing his gun won't fire? Nope. He steps forward, shoves the gun in Errol's face and dares him to try anything.
    • Inverted with Sol and company, who get less badass with each scene. When they attempt to hold up Tony, they bottom out.
  • To the Pain: Brick Top describing "the best way" to dispose of a body to Sol and Vinnie.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • For Brick Top, "loud and aggressive" is his default mode. When he gets really angry, he gets very quiet.
    • Mickey when Brick Top kills his Mom, he doesn't hold Turkish and Tommy responsible and agrees to do the fight before anyone else gets hurt. All while plotting his own revenge on Brick Top.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: The diamond has a diameter of about 4-5 centimetres (1.6 inches) and weighs 86 carats. Notably, everyone in the film who knows anything about jewelry makes a huge deal about its size.
  • Trespassing to Talk: Brick Top's tactic (though he's not a monster: he asks Turkish to make some tea at least).
  • Trouser Space: Done with a not ridiculously large object, but still lampshaded and spoofed. Sol and Vinny are going to turn over a huge diamond to Brick Top in order to get themselves out of trouble with him. When they're outside his headquarters, it turns out that Sol has hidden it in Trouser Space. The Following conversation takes place:
    Sol: Well why did you put it down there?
    Vince: In case we got mugged.
    Sol: You're not from this planet are you, Vincent? Who is gonna mug two black fellas, who're holding pistols, while sitting in a car that's worth less than your shirt?!!
    • And then right after this, Bullet Tooth Tony taps on the window of their car with his Desert Eagle. It turns out Trouser Space actually keeps the diamond hidden a little longer.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Gorgeous George severely underestimates Mickey when they fight.
      Turkish: (voiceover) It turned out that the sweet-talking, tattoo-sporting pikey was a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion. Which makes him harder than a coffin nail.
    • Really, everyone continues to underestimate Mickey for the entire movie. Though usually it's his Chessmaster abilities that they underestimate rather than his fighting prowess.
  • The Unintelligible: The Pikeys, Mickey in particular. The subtitle feature of the DVD reads "???????" at a certain point.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • Minerals (fancy way of saying "stones").
    • Tony shouting to Avi "Pull your socks up!" as a way to warn him to duck, before he shoots through the wall.
  • Villainous Breakdown: For a given value of 'villain' (he's certainly not nearly as bad as some in this movie), Avi spends most of the movie getting more and more edgy and irate with things until he's eventually reduced to firing a gun wildly at a dog. One gets the feeling he'd been wanting to shoot something/one for a while by that point.
    I HATE FUCKING DOGS!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Turkish definitely has some pretty snarky and snide things to say about Tommy, but in his voice-over admits that he considers him like a younger brother. The two are pretty much inseparable throughout the film, and they even dress identically.
    • To a lesser extent, Vinnie and Sol, although the two definitely seem less close and don't appear to actually like each other very much at times.
  • Watching Troy Burn: Mickey's mom's trailer.
  • Weapon for Intimidation:
    • Despite Tommy's revolver being defective, he successfully uses it to hold up Brick Top's mooks when they have Turkish surrounded.
    • Vinnie brings a gigantic assault shotgun to the bookie robbery, saying that it's to "raise pulses." Sol doesn't approve.
    • Vinnie and Sol are forced to take a downgrade by using replica, blank-firing pistols in an attempt to mug Tony.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Tyrone's fate is not immediately clear; he appears to survive the showdown at the pub, but nothing more is mentioned of him after Sol and Vinnie desert him.
    • John, Brick Top's henchman is last seen long before the ultimate fight, but just prior to it or afterwards is not present at all. He's presumably killed off-screen by the pikeys.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Turkish explains his name:
    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.
  • Why Won't You Die?
    • Screamed at Tony in a flashback.
    • Tony himself says "Don't take the piss, Boris" before shooting Boris for the umpteenth time.
  • The Yardies: Lincoln (played by Goldie) is described as "a bad boy Yardie."
  • You Answered Your Own Question: About Boris the Bullet Dodger:
    Avi: Why do they call him the Bullet Dodger?
    Tony: ...'cause he dodges bullets, Avi.
  • You Have to Have Jews: Doug the Head obviously believes this, because he pretends to be Jewish thinking it's good for business, "because when you're in the diamond trade... it is good for business".
  • Your Mom:
    Errol: Oy, fuckface. Was he talking to you?
    Turkish: Fuckface? I like that one, Errol. I'll have to remember that one next time I'm climbing off your Mum.

Alternative Title(s): Snatch

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