A 1998 British crime caper and black comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The plot concerns four bottom-rung English grifters who hatch a plan for a big payday that, instead, set off a Gambit Pileup involving two antique shotguns, a bag of cash, a huge marijuana stash, and virtually every criminal gang in London's East End.
The film was later adapted into the television series Lock, Stock....
This film provides examples of;
- Accidental Kidnapping: The Traffic Warden in the van.
- Action Dad: Big Chris. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is going to have to introduce you to a car door.
- Affably Evil: For a Loan Shark's enforcer, Big Chris doesn't seem like that bad of a guy. Just lay off the kid. No, REALLY, lay off his kid...
- Agony of the Feet: One of the scousers likes to put bits of paper between his victims' toes and light it on fire. One of the weed growers gets his toes blasted off.
- All There in the Script: According to the screenplay, Bacon got his name because as a youth he spent so much time in police stations that people thought he was one of them.
- Anti-Villain: Big Chris. He is a loving father, and takes time at the end of the movie to inform the protagonists that their guns are worth a fortune. He even checks to see if they are ok with genuine concern after crashing his car into theirs, only taking the money off them after working out they had stolen it back off his employer.
- Anyone Can Die: To the point that Ed's friends twice in a row enter a place only to find it riddled with corpses.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: Several due to most of the characters being deadpan snarkers, including the following.Eddie: They're armed.
Soap: What was that? Armed? What do you mean armed? Armed with what?
Eddie: Err, bad breath, colorful language, feather duster... what do you think they're gonna be armed with? Guns, you tit!
- Asshole Victim: Most of the deaths after the first three or four are experienced by people who really had it coming sooner or later, though there are a couple of exceptions.
- As You Know: The rules of three-card brag are spelled out for the players, who really ought to already know about the game they're buying into for a hundred grand. Then again, when you're playing for a hundred grand a head, making sure everyone is playing by the same rules isn't a bad idea.
- A-Team Firing: John when unloading his Bren gun on Winston's group. Granted, he doesn't know exactly where they are, but he is carrying a BFG and firing in their general direction in a fairly small room. The POV shot of his intended targets indicates he got nowhere near.
- Berserk Button:
- Big Chris is a very cool customer as long as you don't threaten his son.
- Don't disturb Rory Breaker when he's watching his footer.
- Traffic wardens to everyone.
- BFG: One of Dog's bandits brings a Bren light machine gun to hold up the pot growers. The gun is so loud that Dog threatens to kill him if he fires it again. Ultimately, Gloria grabs the gun and unloads the thing on Dog's crew. In slow-motion, the shells hitting the ground sound like oil drums.
- Big Bad: Hatchet Harry.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Dog and Rory Breaker both serve as secondary antagonists who are unconnected to each other or Hatchet Harry.
- Binge Montage: After Ed's crew manages to steal a truly epic amount of money and high grade cannabis from Dog,they proceed to celebrate in this fashion.
- Black and Grey Morality: The main characters are a group of street hustlers, con men, and gamblers. There are two groups of least sympathetic characters: the underworld bosses that cheat them in a card game, and whose entire purpose for this is to get the father of the character that they cheated to sell his pub so they can buy it cheap, and a group of brutal crooks who steal from, torment, and shoot the pot head marijuana growers who trust them.
- Bland-Name Product: The antique guns are due to be sold at an auction house called Botherby's.
- Blast Out: The gangs of Rory Breaker and Dog stumble upon each other with guns drawn, both expecting to find the protagonists. They start shooting anyway.
- Blatant Lies: Ed's father catches wind of his son's plans to play in Harry's card game. Ed denies it, clearly without expecting anyone to buy it.
- Booze Flamethrower: Rory Breaker does this. Take Barfly Jack's quote: "Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest and the man's lit up like a leaky gas pipe."
- Bottomless Magazines: Zig-zagged when Gloria fires the Bren gun. The magazine only holds 30 bullets, yet she seemingly fires hundreds of them... before they run out.
- Brick Joke: The Man on Fire in an early scene is actually the punchline from a scene we won't get to see until later.
- The Cameo: Sting has a small role as Eddie's father. (his wife is an executive producer)
- Card Sharp: It's card sharp vs. card shark when card sharp Eddy goes up against "Hatchet" Harry. Harry has Barry spying on Eddy.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted (initially at least) by Hatchet Harry, who cheats his way to victory in his high stakes poker game against Ed. Although it does set off a chain of events that leads to Harry being killed.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The traffic warden, who gets the protagonist group off the hook as he only remembers Dog's gang as the ones who stole the drugs and beat him up.
- It's also hard to judge Rory Breaker's importance from his first scene, watching a ballgame in a pub.
- Chekhov's Lecture: Dog misses out on two of these, to his cost. He wasn't present to hear either Harry telling Barry that your days are numbered should you dare threaten Little Chris, or Big Chris telling Little Chris about the importance of fastening your seatbelt.
- Cherry Tapping: Hatchet Harry is said to have apparently bludgeoned one of his employees to death with a large black dildo.
- The Chew Toy: The traffic warden.
- Chromosome Casting: There are only two female speaking parts in the film - Tanya and Gloria. And the latter only speaks once.
- Close-Call Haircut: The fatter of the two Scousers takes a shotgun blast to the perm. He is not pleased.
- Cluster F-Bomb: There's barely a scene without one. Or many.
- Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: The plot follows the intersection of four lowlifes trying to pay off a gambling debt, a group of thugs stealing from a black gang's pot growing operation, and a crimelord ordering the theft of some valuable muskets.
- Contrived Coincidence: A lot of the "comedy of errors" plot is fueled by coincidences to keep the hijinks flowing.
- Cool Car: The Shelby Cobra that Big Chris buys at the end of the film with the stolen money.
- Cool Guns:
- Country Matters: It's a British movie with a lot of cursing, so expect the C-word a few times.
- Creator Cameo: Producer Matthew Vaughn is the yuppie whose car is stolen by Dog.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: According to Bacon, Harry once beat a man to death with a dildo. He notes that it was seen as a pleasant way to go.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: Dog does this to Big Chris by threatening Little Chris. It does not end well for Dog.
- Dead Man's Trigger Finger: When Rory turns Plank's body over, his shotgun is pointed at him. Rory shoots him and is then promptly killed by the shotgun, due to the movement of the corpse.
- Description Cut: Scouser lives down to Harry's expectations.Harry: I don't care who you use, as long as they're not complete muppets.
Scouser: Shotguns? You mean, like, guns that fire shot?
- Disproportionate Retribution: Rory's response to someone changing the channel when he's watching a football match is to set the man on fire.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Harry offers Big Chris a gun, but Chris says that they're "not his thing." Given that Chris is a debt collector and not a hitman, this makes sense.
- The Dragon: Barry the Baptist, to Harry. Also Big Chris because he's seen getting most of the work done, making it a case of Co-Dragons.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Big Chris at the end has no intention of further dealings with the protagonists, now that his boss is dead. He just wants to give his son a good life.
- Dramatic Irony: In a lot of the scenes, the humor/tension comes from the fact that the characters are oblivious to something that the audience knows is happening.
- The Dreaded: Hatchet Harry and Rory Breaker are both high-level gangsters feared by everyone else.
- Drink-Based Characterization: Rory, a badass Yardy gangster, likes frothy drinks of the Umbrella Drink type. On one occasion, he does order a cocktail with a very high alcohol content, but that was only so he could spit it on someone who annoyed him and set them on fire.
- Establishing Character Moment: Much of the cast are given one, Nick the Greek, Dog, Rory Breaker and Barry being the most memorable.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Dog's men are visibly disgusted by his Establishing Character Moment.
- Big Chris doesn't like to hear Little Chris swear, or anyone else swearing in front of Little Chris.
- Evil Counterpart: Dog's gang to Ed's. They live right next door to each other and are both engaged in low scale criminal activities, but Ed's friends are only a little worse than anyone in Only Fools and Horses when it comes to street hustling, whereas Dog is a disgusting brute of a man.
- Evil vs. Evil: Dog's gang vs. Rory Breaker's gang.
- Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Big Chris gets ahold of Dog after endangering his son in a crash after his failed carjacking.
- Facecam: Used to express Ed's devastation after losing a high-stakes card game.
- Failed a Spot Check: As Dean and Gary enter Harry's place, they fail to notice his name on the entrance. Had they done so, the climax would have been a lot less messy.
- Fingore: As well as drowning people, Barry's other method of debt enforcement is to take a finger from the debtor's hand for each day without payment.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Soap is the Cynic, Ed is the Optimist, Tom is the Realist and Bacon is the Apathetic.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four main lads:
- Ed is Sanguine - eager, optimistic and naive.
- Bacon is Phlegmatic - straightforward, laid-back and sensible.
- Soap is Melancholic - pessimistic, anxious and fussy.
- Tom is Choleric - opportunistic, business-minded and impulsive.
- For Want of a Nail: The climax could have gone differently if Dean and Gary had noticed Harry's name on the entrance to his building or if Barry had called them to say that the guns had been recovered
- Friendship Moment: The big Scouser's reaction to his partner's death is actually kind of touching.
- Fun with Subtitles: Barfly Jack recounts a story involving Rory Breaker in an almost impenetrable block of Cockney rhyming slang, with English subtitles.Jack: He then proceeds to order an Aristotle of the most ping-pong tiddly in the Nuclear sub.
- Funny Background Event: The Running Gag of Nick being served his drink at Rory's headquarters concludes with this. At the third go, the henchmen stops just behind Nick, glass in hand. Registers that Rory is this close to going completely Ax-Crazy at Nick, but really, anyone will do at this point. Very slowly, very carefully, backs out of frame, glass still in hand.
- Fun with Subtitles: For (semi-fictional) Cockney Rhyming Slang.
- Gambit Pileup: There are many groups, each with their own schemes... and usually they go downhill because they start getting shot.
- Generic Ethnic Crime Gang: Nick "The Greek" is, well, a Greek gangster.
- Genre Relaunch: There hadn't been a successful British gangster film since the late 1980s (the last really successful one was 1986's Mona Lisa). This film changed that.
- Golf Clubbing: Dog raids a pair of small-time drug dealers and tortures the whereabouts of their stash out of them by pelting golf balls at one while using the other's mouth as a tee.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Two, Mick getting attacked with a machete, and the shootout between Rory's gang and Plank's gang.
- Guns Akimbo:
- Rory wields a pair of pistols.
- Dean bursts into Harry's office with two pistols pointed upwards, but it doesn't end well for him because Harry is already pointing a shotgun directly at him.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Gloria, who lies very still on the couch cushions while wearing similarly patterned clothes gets completely overlooked twice.
- Hyperlink Story: The gambling plot, the weed growing plot, the gun-stealing plot, the robbery plot, all end up connected.
- I'll Kill You!: Rory means business.Rory Breaker: If you hold back anything, I'll kill you. If you bend the truth, or I think you're bending the truth, I'll kill you. If you forget anything, I'll kill you. In fact, you're going to have to work very hard to stay alive. Do you understand everything I've said? Because if you don't, I'll kill you.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: Big Chris, charitably, after hearing Eddie's dad's reaction to Harry's offer to cancel Eddie's debt in exchange for the deed to the pub.JD: I do know your reputation. So I choose my words very carefully. You tell Harry... to go fuck himself.
Big Chris: Now, I'll put that down to shock. Only once. Only once can I, or shall I, let you get away with that.
- I Will Find You: Dog vows that he will find the people who are robbing him:Dog: I'll find you.
Bacon: What do you think this is, fucking hide and seek?
- Implied Death Threat:Harry "The Hatchet": You must be Eddie, JD's son.
Eddie: You must be Harry. Sorry, I don't know your father.
Harry "The Hatchet": Don't worry, son. You might meet him soon enough, if you carry on like that.
- Improvised Weapon: In a flashback, "Hatchet" Harry kills a man with a sex toy, specifically a 15-inch black rubber penis.
- Informed Attribute:
- Tom is frequently called fat. This was originally supposed to be true, and Steven Marcus (Nick the Greek) was originally considered for the role, but when the rail-thin Jason Flemyng got the role, this became a Running Gag. Bacon is constantly confused by his friends' ribbing. The narrator even gets in on it, saying that for a skinny man, Bacon is quite fat.
- We're told that Eddie is a master cardsharp who can read his opponents like a book, but has no idea that Harry getting fed his cards or has the winning cards in the final hand.
- Intentionally Awkward Title: Tom suggests opening a company named "Arse Tickler's Faggot Fan Club", and returning people's cheques - a lot of people would be too embarrassed to cash them. This might actually be a real scam.
- Insistent Terminology: Barkeep Joe is very specific and particular over the fact that he runs a Samoan pub, not a regular one. In fact, the conversation is the Trope Codifier and featured on its page.
- Insufferable Genius: Winston. He's right about pretty much everything he voices an opinion about, but he does it in such an obnoxious way that no one bothers to listen to him.
- Ironic Echo Cut:
- This example:Narrator: Ed would hate to admit it, but he could have kissed the old bastard for that. If he said he'd wanted to settle the debt on his own, it would have been a lie.
Eddie: ...and I wish to Christ he would have let me settle the debt on my own.
- There's also the scousers and Barry repeating a simple question whose significance really is not matched by what is going on: "What the fuck are you doing here?!" To which Barry responds "What the fuck are you doing here?!"
- This example:
- Karma Houdini:
- Despite planning a robbery, the main characters never actually get around to doing anything seriously bad. They get let off their more minor offences On A Technicality, and as for revenge from the proper gangsters...
- The weed growers escape the shootout with their product back and survive pretty much intact aside J missing a chunk of his toes and Willie possibly dying of shock depending on how many shots of the bren Mick got in him. They're also technically freelance as their chief employer is killed.
- Karmic Thief: The crew robbing the much nastier gang of thieves who happen to live to next door to them — the cash they plan to steal itself being stolen from a group of drug dealers.
- Kick the Dog: Dog murdering the dealer after torturing the information out of him. Also, when the big-haired Scouser lights a fire under the feet of his burglary victim, he suddenly drops several notches down the Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness.
- Kill 'Em All: There are 17 deaths in this movie. Which doesn't sound like much for a movie like this but it's most of the cast.
- Knife Nut: Soap reveals that he has a collection of large knives ("big fuck-off shiny ones"), and delivers a speech about how they're more practical than guns because they're quiet, concluding, "Guns for show, knives for a pro." The rest of the gang is creeped out. As the sole member of the group with an honest trade, this is both ironic and fitting. His job as a cook would presumably make him comfortable with knives and butchering."I think knives are a good idea. Big, fuck-off shiny ones. Ones that look like they could skin a crocodile. Knives are good, because they don't make any noise, and the less noise they make, the more likely we are to use them. Shit 'em right up. Makes it look like we're serious. Guns for show, knives for a pro."
"Soap, is there something we should know about you?"
"I'm not sure what's more worrying. The job, or your past."
- Laser-Guided Karma: [spoiler: Dog and his gang preparing to ambush the people who robbed them only to have the very dangerous people they robbed wander in instead]]. Barry and Harry getting shot by the panicked thieves they'd left scared of suffering a brutal case of You Have Failed Me when they show up to retrieve the shotguns without realizing that Harry already has them.
- Last Bullet Breath: Once Rory turns around a wounded Plank, he shoots him dead.
- Late to the Tragedy: The protagonists keep turning up minutes after a massive shootout has killed everyone off.
- Leitmotif: Ed and his friends have one, as do Dog and his gang. Ed's is kind of funky, while Dog's is more hard rock.
- Let Me Tell You a Story: Bacon tell the guys the story of Smithy Robinson, a old geezer beaten to death with a "15-inch black rubber cock" as a warning tale of what happens to the people that don't pay Hatchet Harry what they own him.
- Little Useless Gun: Averted. Barry the Baptist winds up dying after a single shot to the gut from a pocket pistol.
- Also played with, as Tom is worried the shotguns he gets from Nick the Greek for the robbery won't be taken seriously, because they're too big.
- Played straight with the air rifle the weed growers attempt to use on Dog and his gang to little but hilarious effect.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: There's quite an large ensemble cast of gangs and hoodlums.
- Loan Shark: Hatchet Harry.
- Lock-and-Load Montage: When Dog and Rory's respective gangs prepare to ambush the heroes.
- London Gangster: Many characters, naturally, "Hatchet" Harry Lonsdale being a classic.
- MacGuffin: The titular guns are a textbook example. Also the bags of high quality weed.
- A MacGuffin Full of Money The duffel bag with £1.3 million in cash in it.
- Machete Mayhem: Soap has a collection of giant knives. When Ed sarcastically asks if he has anything bigger, Soap whips out a machete from a scabbard. "Shit 'em right up!"
- One scene has Mick getting attacked by one, and in his words "He's nearly chopped my arm off".
- The Magic Poker Equation: Notably averted. Not only does Eddie, supposedly the more skilled poker player, lose the game due to his opponent cheating, but he loses to a relatively unexceptional hand.
- Man on Fire: Early in the film, a burning man suddenly and unexpectedly emerges from a pub, in what appears to be a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. However, the situation is explained later:"Rory knows claret (bloodshed) is imminent, but he doesn't want to miss the end of the game; so, calm as a coma, he stands and picks up a fire extinguisher and he walks straight past the jam rolls (arseholes) who are ready for action, then he plonks it outside the entrance. He then orders an Aristotle (bottle) of the most ping pong tiddly (strong alcoholnote ) in the nuclear sub (pub) and switches back to his footer (football). 'That's fucking it,' says the guy. 'That's fucking what?' says Rory. Rory gobs out a mouthful of booze covering Fatty; he then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest (chest) and the geezer's lit up like a leaky gas pipe. Rory, unfazed, turned back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil."
- Mexican Stand Off: Inadvertent since the characters don't quite realise it, but the principle applies. Rory's gang breaks into the protagonists' flat and runs into Dog's crew who are in hiding. Both groups realise something isn't right and an awkward pause occcurs before someone - followed by everyone else - starts firing.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: When being shot at by Winston and his friends with an air rifle, Dog's gang react like they've been hit with real bullets.
- Mister Big: Rory Breaker, somewhat, though his shortness is exaggerated. And he does do the little-boss-with-huge-henchmen part.
- Mugging the Monster: That idiot at the bar really should have known who Rory Breaker was; if he did, he wouldn't have been set on fire for interrupting his footer.
- Mutual Kill: Barry throws a hatchet in Kenny's back. His last act is to turn and shoot him in the gut.
- Assuming Rory Breaker killed him, a deceased Plank manages to kill him.
- The Napoleon: Rory Breaker. He's described as a "psychotic dwarf with an afro" who once lit a man on fire for changing the channel away from something he was watching. His short height is accentuated by his two mammoth bodyguards, whose faces are sometimes not even visible as they stand beside him.
- Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight: Though a case where a guy manages to nearly chop an arm off before getting riddled by bullets.
- No Ending: Tom decides to dispose of the shotguns that are the only evidence of the crime he and the other protagonists have committed. As he prepares to dump them off a bridge into the Thames, his buddies discover that the weapons are rare antiques, each worth a fortune. The movie ends with Tom hanging over the side of the bridge, poised to drop the guns in the river, and his cell phone clutched between his teeth (put there to avoid it falling into the river while he is hanging over the edge) - and it rings.
- Non-Indicative Name: Or rather, nickname - unless you've read the script (see above) you'll be puzzled as to why Bacon is called that.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Stephen Marcus originally tried to act with a Greek accent, but it ended up sounding like Harry Enfield's Stavros character. In the end, he played Nick without a Greek accent.
- Not So Stoic: When his son's life is threatened, Big Chris beats the person who did it to death with a car door, screaming abuse at him the whole time. Also counts as Hypocritical Humor, as Chris objects to swearing by or around his son, and he uses a lot of profanity during this scene.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Tom's friend voices the opinion that Rory Breaker's Bunny-Ears Lawyer tendencies are an example of this.
- Oh, Crap!: "Charles, get the rifle. We're being fucked."
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Several characters - Bacon, Soap, Dog and Plank.
- Oop North: Gary and Dean, two petty criminals from Liverpool with thick Scouse accents. The exchange they have with the cockney Barry the Baptist pretty much sums up the whole North/South divide.Barry the Baptist: Fucking Northern monkeys!
Dean: I hate these fucking Southern fairies!
- Orphaned Punchline: A variant. We hear the beginning of the joke, cut to elsewhere, and then cut back to the ensuing laughter.
- Pants-Positive Safety: When talking to Ed in the pub, Soap pulls a large machete out of his trousers, no indication it was stored in any sort of sheath. Made even worse the sharpened edge was facing his groin, meaning he could've castrated himself if he drew wrong.
- Papa Wolf:
- Big Chris. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is just about to have another moment with a car door.
- JD brutally averts this, refusing at every turn to help his son get out of his predicament.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: One of the Scousers attempts to cover his face with a fishnet stocking during the burglary.
- Pet the Dog: Maybe it was just because they were rattled and in a hurry, but given the rest of their behavior, Dog and his crew leaving Winston and his friends alive after the fight they put up can feel like this.
- Phallic Weapon:Soap: I brought weapons as well.
Eddie: What do you mean, weapons?
Soap: [pulls a bundle from his coat and unrolls it, revealing large knives] These.
Eddie: Jesus! [grabs the bundle and rerolls it] Let's keep them covered up, eh? Couldn't you get anything bigger?
Soap: [pulls a big ass machete from his trousers] What, like that? What do you think?
Eddie: ...I think you need help.
- Plot-Sensitive Latch: During the opening Chase Scene, Bacon's suitcase flies open in slow motion and all the money and valuable inside are scattered about.
- Poor Communication Kills: The Scousers are a pair of Stupid Crooks who are hired by Harry through his Dragon, Barry, to steal a gun collection, because Harry wants two antique guns. Barry gives the two limited information, not telling them the identity of their employer nor indicating that the purpose of the job was to procure those two guns. This results in a situation in which the Scousers attack Harry to get the guns back to their employer (unbeknownst to them, Harry himself) and don't realize their mistake/see Barry in the room until everyone has been fatally wounded.
- Precision F-Strike: Winston uses this quite artfully.
- Pinball Protagonist: Eddie's friends stumble on basically everyone else. Dead or alive.
- Professional Gambler: The narrator would have us believe that Eddie is one, but his lapse of judgement at the table suggests otherwise.
- Pun-Based Title: The name of the auction house on the catalogue Big Chris gives the guys is called 'Botherbys'. This is a combination of the real auction house - Sothebys, and 'bother' which is slang for trouble or getting into trouble.
- Punctuated Pounding: Big Chris slams Dog's head in a car door, enraged at him for threatening his son's life - "NEVER! EVER! HAS ANYONE! BEEN AS FUCKING RUDE! TO ME! AS YOU, DOG!"
- Rare Guns:
- The shotguns/"smoking barrels" are worth quite a lot of money as collector's items.
- "What's that?" "It's me Bren gun."
- Re-Cut: Guy Ritchie later released a Director's Cut that delves into the backstory between Harry and J.D. and explains why Harry wants the bar so much.
- Red Baron: Harry Lonsdale aka Hatchet Harry (a name he's quite partial to himself) and his enforcer Barry the Baptist, so named because he "drowns people for Harry".
- Revised Ending: The film's original ending had the four lads walking off with the money, with Big Chris and his son about to follow them to retrieve it. This was changed due to negative test screenings. According to Nick Moran, Guy Ritchie scrambled a new ending on the back of a cigarette packet. The ending to the film was altered some time after filming had been completed which is why Tom is wearing a woolen cap pulled low down - Jason Flemyng had grown his hair in the intervening period and did not want to shave it short again.
- Running Gag: Nick, with Rory's glass table.
- Sadistic Choice: What sets the movie's plot in motion; after he learns Eddie has a shitty poker hand, Harry makes a bet Eddie can't match, then offers to loan him 500 grand to stay in the game and gives him a week to pay Harry back if he loses. Eddie can either fold and lose the 100 grand he and his friends put together to buy into the game, or accept the loan and potentially lose to a very dangerous Loan Shark. Eddie knows he'd never be able to pay back the loan in time, but he's so confident in his hand that he accepts it anyway, having no idea the game is rigged in Harry's favor.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Dog and his gang use these as their Weapon of Choice. Except the one with the Bren gun.
- The Scrooge: In Nick's first scene, he's haggling with Tom over £200 over a stereo system, despite having a lot of money on him. Tom says that he's "tighter than a duck's butt".
- The Shill: In the opening, Bacon and Ed are selling stolen goods in the street. Ed, playing the shill, triggers the audience's enthusiasm by saying "Did you say ten pounds? That's a bargain! I'll take one."
- Smoking Barrel Blowout: Inverted; after the protagonists successfully steal the stolen money and marijuana from their neighbors, they're seen using the shotguns they used for the job as "a novelty smoking device for tobacco use only" during a party montage, thus breathing in the smoke, rather than blow it out.
- Sophisticated as Hell: A lot, especially from Winston. For example, "You don't look like your average horti-fucking-culturalist!"
- Sound-Only Death: When Winston accompanies Rory Breaker to identify the thugs who robbed Rory's marijuana-growing operation. Once Winston has identified the primary culprit, as he hurries away with an armful of loot he hears gunfire.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: A shootout that wrecks a flat and kills just about everyone involved is scored by "Zorba's Dance".
- Spot of Tea:"The entire British empire was built on cups of tea, and if you think I'm going to war without one, mate, you're mistaken."
- Steel Ear Drums: Averted during the Bren gun sequence. It's fired in close proximity, deafening everyone else. Its user wears Peltors before he opens fire though.
- The Stoic: Big Chris, who pretty much never raises his voice or conveys much emotion until his Berserk Button is pressed.
- Stupid Crooks: Just about every character qualifies one way or another. The film's tagline is even "A Disgrace to Criminals Everywhere." However, special note has got to be given to Dean and Gary, who are instructed by Barry the Baptist to retrieve antique shotguns from an estate home and keep anything else they can carry for themselves. Even in a mansion decorated with numerous expensive antiques, they rationalize that "old" must mean "worthless" (among other boneheaded decisions).Dean: Can't you see these people haven't got any money? They can't even afford new furniture!
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix: The "Can everyone stop getting shot?" scene was turned into a UK #1 for Oxide & Neutrino (set to a remix of the Casualty theme tune, of all things).
- Surrounded by Idiots:
- Winston is clearly the leader of the dealers because he's the only one with any common sense. He gets annoyed at the others for not bothering to lock the security gate and for going around London with a stoned girl on one arm and bag of fertiliser on the other when they grow weed.
- Dog gets so annoyed at the incompetence of his henchmen that he mutters that he's working with "fucking planks of wood".
- Tactful Translation: The subtitles that show up for the Man on Fire scene above zigzag this, as it starts out translating the story with curse words edited out, then puts one in when there wasn't one, before editing them out again.
- Taking You with Me: Plank's last act is to take Rory with him in a Mutual Kill.
- Tap on the Head: Dog and his gang are able to knock out Gloria and the traffic warden with a single blow, but the protagonists aren't as tough, and it takes all of them pounding on the traffic warden to put him out.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs:
- In the scene which introduces Big Chris, he insists that a debtor refers to Harry as "Mister Harry".
- Initially, Nick and his own mooks address Rory by his first name. After he finds he has been double-crossed, he angrily tells them, "That's Mr. Breaker. Today, MY name is Mr. Breaker!"
- Title Drop: Half way done, with Barry's "Lock, stock, the fuckin' lot". The barrels of the titular guns are actually seen smoking later on, which may qualify as a visual title drop.
- Those Two Guys: The Scousers.
- Torture for Fun and Information: Dog tortures two drug dealers into telling him the location of their stash by pelting golf balls at one while using the other's mouth as a tee.
- Traffic Warden: A recurring Butt-Monkey played by Rob Brydon. Notably, once a Tap on the Head fails to knock him out, the whole group of protagonists decides to pummel him instead after one states his hatred for Traffic Wardens.
- Trapped by Gambling Debts: The plot is driven by Ed's need to pay off a massive gambling debt owed to Hatchet Harry. Harry's hoping to use the debt to force Ed's father to hand over his pub.
- Umbrella Drink: Served at the Samoan pub to the incredulity of the protagonists. This is also the drink of choice for Rory, who not only favors that pub, but drinks those at his headquarters and serves them to guests. Like one of his other food preferences (ice cream bars), it's part of his characterization as seemingly kind of goofy and ridiculous (but actually terrifyingly badass).
- Unstoppable Rage: Big Chris, for all his ruthless coercion and threatening demeanor, is rather a reasonable chap . . . until Dog takes his son prisoner. He goes full Papa Wolf on the man, smashing his head repeatedly in a car door while roaring incoherently.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Bacon, Soap and Tom stroll up to Samoan Jo's pub when a man runs out of the pub on fire. The three watch the man run off screaming, then just turn and go into the pub anyway.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had Gloria not scared Plank and made him discover the weed growers had lots of stashed money, they wouldn't be targeted by his gang.
- Wallpaper Camouflage: Gloria blends right into the upholstery, allowing her to get the drop on people twice.
- Weapon for Intimidation: The two muskets are bought purely for intimidation. However, Soap asserts that knives are actually better for intimidation, since they can be used without drawing the police. "Guns for show, knives for a pro."
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The only characters whose fate is left unclear are Nick the Greek and Winston and his surviving friends. Last we see of any of them, Winston is fleeing with the weed in Rory's van. Alan says that everyone "else" (i.e. not Tom or Big Chris) got arrested, but it's unclear if this refers only to the other three protagonists, or every other character. Certainly, only the former are subsequently seen in custody.
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Excellent example of this when Eddie realizes that his hand isn't all that good.
- Worthless Yellow Rocks: The eponymous shotguns get written off as useless and old by almost everyone who comes into their possession. At the end of the movie, they wind up in the hands of the four main characters, who also deem them completely worthless and order Tom to dispose of them. Shortly after Tom leaves, they're handed a book that reveals the true worth of the guns to be up to £300,000 before ending on one of the best Cliffhanger endings out there.
- Xanatos Gambit: When Hatchet Harry cons Ed by cheating in three-card brag and forcing Eddy to borrow money from him or else, Ed then gets in deep by owing a quarter of a million quid. This is all to get vengeance on Ed's dad for beating him in cards years ago. If Ed doesn't pay up, and his dad doesn't bail him out, he gets vengeance by killing Ed, Harry wins. If Ed doesn't pay up, but his dad does bail him out, Ed's dad loses his pub, which he bought with the winnings he got off Harry. Harry wins. If Ed does pay up, he has earned a quarter of a million pounds, which wont be in the hand of Ed or his dad. Harry wins. Pity about the spanner in the works.
- The Yardies: Rory and co. However, they avert the typical "lower class thug" portrayal, instead dressing stylishly and having a swanky headquarters.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: The film pokes fun at London gangsters not realizing the origins of their slang when Tom assures Nick the Greek that a deal is "kosher as Christmas," to which Nick answers, "Jews don't celebrate Christmas!"
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Variation: "What are we going to do, Rory?" "Mister Breaker. Today, my name is MISTER BREAKER."
- You Can Keep Her: Big Chris offers JD the option of giving up his bar to cover the cost of Ed's debt... to which JD, replies:JD: I do know your reputation. So I choose my words very carefully. You tell Harry... to go fuck himself.
Big Chris: Now, I'll put that down to shock. Only once.
"There is one more thing. (beat) It's been emotional."