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Snatch (stylized as snatch.) is the second film by British director 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 Serbedzija), 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.

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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 cockney 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 bare-knuckle 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.

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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.


Snatch contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Avi shoots Tony while trying to shoot the dog.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • All There in the Script: The head clerk at the bookies who gives Sol and Vinny a hard time is named Pauline, the men Brick Top aims to impress are called Jack "The All-Seeing Eye" and Salt Peter and the guy who shot Bullet-Tooth Tony is called Charlie.
  • Alter Kocker: The Uzbekistani (Russian) and American gangsters in the opening credits dress up in Hasidic dress and put on Yiddish accents to infiltrate the Jewish diamond depot. They spend the entire sequence arguing Talmudic law before they drop their disguises and pull out the guns.
  • AM/FM Characterization: While interrogating Mullet, Bullet Tooth Tony puts on "Lucky Star" by Madonna, saying that he loves the track. Also an in-joke, as she was Guy Ritchie's wife at the time.
  • Anachronic Order: A car crash scene involving three different vehicles. Notably, we see Boris get run over by the Pawn Shop boys before we see how Boris manages to escape from the boot of Bullet-Tooth Tony's car.
  • Angrish: When storming back to his house to get an assault rifle and encountering Tommy and Turkish, Boris cuts off Tommy's attempt to complain about the defective gun he was sold with a Groin Attack, all the while muttering furiously under his breath. Played with, since Boris is actually just speaking in his native language, but since it's untranslated the effect is more or less the same for the audience.
  • 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: The only major characters who unambiguously survive the film are Tommy, Turkish, Mickey, Sol, Vinnie, Doug and Avi.
  • 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 after the latter botched the former's rigged match.
    "Do you know what Nemesis means?"
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Several times.
    • During Tony's interrogation of Mullet:
      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, near the end:
      Policeman: What's in the car?
      Turkish: Seats and a steering wheel.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Brick Top's entire gang at the hands of the Irish Travellers.
  • BFG: Vinnie brings a giant semi-auto shotgun to hold up a bookie. Sol remarks, "It's a fucking anti-aircraft gun!" Vinnie uses it to blow a hole in the wall and force the girl at the counter to lower the protective shield, but she ultimately snatches it and fires on the thieves before making her exit.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Brick Top jabs a dog with a stick to get it to compete in a fight. Guy Ritchie included this scene after having a conversation with a Brazilian man who said that in his country, the worst kind of criminals are animal abusers (namely, dogs.) Additionally, Avi is willing to have a dog cut open to get a diamond out of its stomach, which horrifies Bullet Tooth Tony. Ironically, in real life, Brick Top's actor Alan Ford is an animal rights activist.
  • Badass Bystander: The girl behind the counter at Brick Top's betting shop. She stares down two armed 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!
  • Bait-and-Switch: The first shot of the movie features Turkish and Tommy sitting spotlighted in a dark office, in front of an unidentified but intimidating looking man, with the implication that they've been arrested and brought before the police or a powerful underworld figure to explain themselves regarding events that happened. They're actually in Doug The Head's office, having found the diamond that was the cause of most of the trouble in the movie.
  • Bald of Authority: Inverted for the Pawn Shop guys. The defacto leader Sol is the only one with hair.
  • Bald of Evil: Or at least Bald Of Criminal. Turkish and Gorgeous George are both bald, but neither of them are the villains. Brick Top's bookie receptionist has a shaved head, but she's not that malicious either.
  • 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.
  • Battle Strip: Mickey has challenged Gorgeous George to a bare-knuckle match in exchange for returning the money he cheated from George and Tommy. After repeatedly taking Gorgeous George's physical blows throughout most of the match, Mickey stands up against George's warnings and pulls off his shirt and vest, displaying his tattooed torso. Gorgeous George briefly appears frightened...and for good reason, because then Mickey immediately downs him.
  • Beastly Bloodsports: Brick Top's dogfighting racket and the pikeys' hare coursing.
  • Beauty Inversion: The handsome Brad Pitt as a greasy Irish traveller chav with bad teeth, tattoos, and an accent so thick it's nearly incomprehensible.
  • 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.
  • Beard of Evil: Boris the Blade.
  • 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 Cousin Avi. Only the last one — not coincidentally, the least malicious and unhinged one — gets to the end alive and well.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The first two words uttered by Boris upon opening Tony's car trunk are "Nu nakhuy!", Russian for (approximately) "for fuck's sake".
  • 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, and an amusement arcade. 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 own 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: Tons of it. Brick Top's pig disposal speech and The final moments of Boris are the primary contenders to the crown.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Inverted. Sol, Vinnie, Lincoln and Tyrone are on the very short list of people who don't die, although Sol and Vinnie get arrested and Tyrone sustains a gunshot wound. 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.
  • Blood Sport: Unlicensed, bareknuckle boxing matches and dogfighting seem to be Brick Top's two primary sources of income.
  • Bookends: Turkish and Tommy sat in front of a man. Doug The Head, to whom they're selling the diamond.
  • Boom, Headshot!: After Vinnie reveals Boris' name in the presence of Franky Four Fingers, the Uzbek promptly shoots Franky in this manner.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted and followed. Bullet Tooth Tony is unable to kill Tyrone because he runs out of bullets killing Boris — he pulls the trigger, the gun goes click, and he calls him a "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.
  • Bounty Hunter: Bullet-Tooth Tony is described as one, being hired to help Cousin Avi track down Frankie or his kidnappers through a mixture of brute force and investigative powers. However, he seems to be involved in plenty of other mercenary and criminal work.
  • 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 Sol and Vinnie, Boris the Blade asks for Franky and his case for 10 grand. When they say no deal, Boris executes Franky and then asks for the case again. Vinnie then says 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 them with Franky's body.
  • Brits Love 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 thank you, Turkish. I'm sweet enough!"
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Sol, Vinnie and Tryone attempt to intimidate Bullet-Tooth Tony with replica pistols. An unimpressed Tony sends them packing with his real gun.
    • Brick Top persuades Mickey to fight by burning his mother's caravan while she's asleep in it. This decision winds up dooming his whole operation.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A deleted scene reveals that Bullet-Tooth Tony stabbed Errol's cousin.
    Errol: Did you know that it was my cousin Lorrie you stabbed?
    Tony: Yes, I know I stabbed a man called Lorrie, but no I didn't know he was related to a tub of shit.
  • But Not Too Black: Lincoln, the only one of the black characters who is an actual "bad boy Yardie", has dyed-blonde hair and skin which is a lighter shade of brown than his three cohorts.
  • Captain Obvious: Common in result to a stupid question. It's especially egregious with Errol, Brick Top's Dragon.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Brick Top proudly describes himself to Vinny as "an 'orrible cunt", which should make it perfectly clear he knows he's evil and doesn't try to hide it.
  • Car Fu: Tyrone gets knocked over by John and Errol in their car so Brick Top can interrogate him, Frankie Four Fingers gets knocked out when Tyrone reverses into his van by sheer accident, and the Pawn Shop boys accidentally knock Boris the Blade over when they run into him after he escapes Tony's car boot.
  • 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 Vinnie, 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 caravan scam and the Fake Weakness boxing.
    • After Brick Top's Disproportionate Retribution, the killing climax.
    • Although you'd have expected a true chessmaster to keep his mother from becoming Kentucky Fried Pikey.
  • The Chew Toy: Tyrone. Both metaphorically and literally.
    • There's also an actual chew toy.
  • Chromosome Casting: Downplayed, but there are only four female speaking parts in the film in total — Doug's twin daughters, Mickey's mum and the clerk at the bookies.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Cousin Avi is waiting to explode into them at any time.
      Doug the Head: Avi!
      Cousin Avi: Shut up and sit down, you big bald fuck. I don't like leaving my own country, Doug. And I especially don't like leaving it for anything less than warm sandy beaches and cocktails with little straw hats.
      Doug the Head: We've got sandy beaches, Avi.
      Cousin 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.
    • 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.
  • Collateral Damage: When Avi is trying to shoot the dog with the diamond in him, he ends up accidentally killing Bullet-Tooth Tony.
  • 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 Avi to duck, then empties the magazine at body height through the wall. He successfully hits Boris and Tyrone, and Sol and Vinnie decide to scram.
  • Consummate Professional: Bullet-Tooth Tony never loses his cool or acts stupidly throughout his time serving Cousin Avi.
  • 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 sawn-off SPAS-12.
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony carries a Desert Eagle .50 with a stainless frame and black slide and barrel, with the flat surfaces on the slide polished.
  • 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 pub when we are first introduced to Doug The Head, Guy Ritchie is the man reading the newspaper.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Every fight Mickey gets into. A good trait in a boxer? Not if he's supposed to be throwing those fights...
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Lincoln, a Yardie with dyed blonde hair.
  • 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!"
  • Death by Racism: Very narrowly averted. After being established as having a hatred for Irish Travellers, Gorgeous George gets knocked out by one in a fight. Tommy is initially fearful that Mickey's killed George, but ultimately we learn he's still alive, because he appears in Tommy and Turkish's old caravan later on, heavily-bandaged, while they're discussing what they're going to do for their rigged fight.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Benicio Del Toro receives top billing as Frankie Four Fingers, but he's killed before the film is halfway through.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Discussed, with Turkish remarking on the tendency of people to do this in the face of danger, offering the example of someone who accidentally steps in front of speeding car and freezes out of surprise while pulling a stupid face instead of trying to jump to safety. Moments after this is described, Brick Top ends up having a shotgun pointed right in his face and promptly freezes in shock while pulling a stupid face just before his head gets blown off.
  • 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 Mad Fist or John the Gun to replace the injured Gorgeous George, Turkish informs him that Mad Fist went mad (cut to Mad Fist in a padded room swatting imaginary flies) and The Gun shot himself (cut to John the Gun holding a gun to his head in the shower, with everything except the bullet hole).
  • Disaster Dominoes: As the film's plot unfolds it follows all the characters in an intricate double plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality at a fast pace.
  • Dispense with the Pleasantries: Avi, as soon as he arrives at Doug's jewellers.
    Doug: (affectionately) Avi!
    Avi: Shut up and sit down, you big bald fuck!
  • 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' other 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.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Brick Top thinks this, or at least that they're sycophantic, which is why he compares his grassing employee Gary to a dog licking his bum before murdering him, and he also thinks they're cowardly, which is why he abuses them to get them to fight.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Brick Top has Mickey's mother killed, Mickey plays nice exactly long enough for his clan to put a plan to wipe out Brick Top and his men into motion.
    Turkish: It had previously occurred to me that the gypsy had taken the demise of his mother rather lightly. For every action, there's a reaction. And a pikey reaction is quite a fucking thing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Ammo Depletion: Tony empties an entire clip from his Desert Eagle into Boris to finally put him down. He's about to kill the wounded Tyrone, but his gun is empty.
    You lucky bastard!
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock:
    • First subverted when Vince wastes rounds robbing a bookies. And he doesn't even get to use it and has it stolen from him. And even worse, it's the only real gun they had.
    • Played Straight when Tommy saves Turkish from a vicious beating (or worse) by pulling a gun on the attacking thugs. When the leader tries to talk him down, Tommy cocks the hammer to show he's serious. Justified as it's a bluff, the gun is either damaged/defective and doesn't work.
  • Dramatis Personae: Each major character gets a title card with a brief Establishing Character Moment.
  • The Dreaded: Brick Top and Boris are both this in different ways. Brick Top is in the sense that everyone is frightened of him because he's a powerful and vicious crime boss who tends to go for the most sadistic method of solving his problems. Boris, however, is this because he's so tough that no one wants to have to fight him if they get on his wrong side; he's not suggested to be particularly more evil or ruthless than most of the other characters (while he does do some nasty things throughout the movie, he certainly isn't on Brick Top's level), but he's tough, resilient, and a penchant for "disco biscuits" has left him on the unstable and unpredictable side.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Tyrone is the one who shows Sol and Vince that the bookie's door opens inwards. Immediately after that, he spots Frankie Four Fingers stumbling out of the van and completes their initial objective by punching him out and stuffing him in the car with the rest of the gang.
    • Additionally, Sol and Vinnie. Sol, for all his mistakes, is correct in warning Vinnie that his massive shotgun is impractical for a simple robbery, and Vinnie points out the flaws in hiring Tyrone as their getaway driver, and testing their replica handguns inside a car, so that they end up getting deafened.
    • Errol cautiously advises Brick Top to kill Turkish and the Pawn Shop boys in separate occasions. Both times he is chided, although neither let-off directly leads to Brick Top getting killed.
  • Dumb Muscle: John. Errol is believed to be this, but he is the more pragmatic of the two (even if it annoys his boss).
  • Dwindling Party: A non-lethal example with The Pawn Shop boys. Two members bail after separate incidents, the others are arrested with Frankie Four Fingers and Bullet Tooth Tony's corpses in their car boot.
  • Eagleland: Cousin Avi comes off as a stereotypical brash, crude American. Though to American audiences, he comes off as a stereotypical brash, crude New Yorker.
  • Earn Your Title:
    • Boris the Bullet Dodger. He dodges bullets. Apparently, while lying on the ground.
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony, who earned his nickname by being shot six times, survivingnote , and having the bullets melted down into his false tooth.
  • Epic Fail: Pretty much anything Sol and Vinnie put their minds to. In their defining moment, Boris the Blade hires them to take a briefcase from Frankie Four Fingers, who had been sent to place a bet at a bookmaker's. They are to rob the bookie's place as well, so it wouldn't look too suspicious to Frankie when they steal the case from him. In the end, they'd get the cash from the bookie's, Boris would get the case. Unfortunately, their getaway driver, Tyrone, backs into the van Frankie had used to get to the scene, knocking him out and trapping him inside it. Later that night, they see someone carrying a case go inside, and without attempting to verify the target, Sol and Vinnie enter the bookie's, only to find that it's (obviously) the wrong person, and furthermore that the bookie's has no cash because all bets are off. Then the cashier lady deftly disarms Sol of his shotgun and trips the alarm. Then they attempt (and fail) to open the front door. Reasoning that it's a security door that locked when the alarm was pushed, they try to Shoot Out the Lock. The door turns out to be bulletproof, and Vince gets his leg grazed by the ricochet. They fall down in exhaustion and take off their ski masks, at which point they notice the security camera that's just caught them both unmasked. And then, to top it off, Tyrone shows up to get them...it turns out the reason they couldn't open the front door is because they tried to push the "pull" side of the door. The clincher is that the pair are completely unknown in that part of the underworld, and the camera fails to be of any use because the owner doesn't recognize them... but Tyrone is recognized. Epic Fail indeed.
  • 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 an Actor Allusion 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.
  • Establishing Character Music: Each main character is introduced in a quick montage set to the appropriately-titled "Diamond" by Klint.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas:
    • Mickey O'Neil, while not exactly a villain, is a manipulative, sneaky con-artist who cheats Tommy and Turkish out of their money repeatedly by selling them a shoddy caravan and tricking Gorgeous George into sparring with him so he can knock him out and ensure Tommy doesn't get his money back. That said, he cares deeply for his kindly mother, and agrees to participate in the rigged boxing match in order to buy her a new caravan. So when Brick Top has his mother immolated within her own caravan, Mickey gets even with him...brutally.
    • Also Errol, if Brick Top preventing him from responding to Turkish's taunt about having sex with her is anything to go by.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Boris the Blade and his brother, who tips him off about Frankie's arrival in London.
    • A deleted scene reveals that Bullet-Tooth Tony and Errol have bad blood, due to Tony stabbing Errol's cousin Lorrie.
  • 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 Russian: In-universe, Boris "the sneaking fuckin' Russian" is actually an Uzbek. Works as a meta example too, as Rade Šerbedžija, the actor who plays him, is actually Croatian.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice Extra: Those topless women in the bar where a Chinese Gangster tries to kill Bullet-Tooth Tony.
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot:
    • Tyrone. He's more stupid than evil, though.
    John and Errol:"Ah. Tyrone. You silly fat bastard."
    • Gorgeous George too, but only towards the Irish Travellers. He comes to regret that when Mickey punches him.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Frankie Four Fingers' gambling addiction is exploited by Boris the Blade - he tricks him into placing a bet on the fight at the bookies so that Sol and Vinny can rob him and Boris can get the diamond. That said, Boris didn't actually plan on killing him.
    • Brick Top's ego, arrogance and perpetuance for violence cause him to greatly underestimate Mickey and his crew, which cost him dearly.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Brick Top at his friendliest is this. Look at his first scene in the film, where he has a civil, smiling chat with one of his men, Gary...right before suffocating him and sending him to the pig farm for betraying him at some point.
  • Fauxshadowing:
    • The fake diamond that Lincoln tries to pawn to Sol was originally a plot point. In a deleted scene, Vinnie would give it to Brick Top, knowing that he doesn't know anything about diamonds. Brick Top would then give to Avi, who immediately recognises it as a fake.
    • The gun that Boris sells Frankie Four-Fingers originally had a payoff. In another deleted scene, the pawn shop gang tried to get him to open the briefcase. He does so, then would use try to use the gun to escape, only to discover that it's fake, like the one Boris sold Tommy.
  • 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 unlicensed boxing scene in London is a major plot line, both gloved and bare-knuckle. Mickey is an Irish Traveler bare-knuckle boxing champion. This is Truth in Television, as England is a hotbed for underground boxing, particularly in the Irish Traveler community.
  • Fighting Irish: Or in this case, Fighting Irish Traveller, "One-Punch" Mickey O'Neil.
  • Fingore: Franky Four Fingers. In Avi's own words to Doug:
    Avi: You have any idea why they call him Frankie Four Fingers Doug?
    Doug: No I have no idea why?
    Avi: Well, because he makes stupid bets with dangerous people. And when he doesn't pay up, they give him the chop, Doug! And I'm not talking about his fucking foreskin, either!
  • 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.
  • Forced to Watch: In retribution for refusing to throw a match, Mickey is forced to watch his mother's caravan burn down while she's asleep inside.
  • 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.
    • It's subtle, and easy to forget in all the chaos and excitement, but Turkish's voiceover in the first scene effectively sets up the twist ending: why, exactly, would a London boxing promoter be thinking about diamonds...?
    • After the disastrous fight between Mickey and Gorgeous George, Tommy can be seen visibly terrified over the prospect of being murdered by the Travellers, with Turkish's narration stating that they can just dig two graves and up decamp to somewhere else rather have to explain to the police why a man died in their campsite. With different victims, this method of troubleshooting will actually be put into practice.
  • 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 is a brutal, sadistic gangster who wears a pair of thick rimmed glasses. His introductory shot is him bashing a man's teeth out with a hammer. All the characters in the film who know who he is are terrified of him, lest they get cut into pieces and fed to a pack of pigs.
  • Gambit Pileup: Made particularly amusing by the fact that the only two characters who had absolutely no idea about the existence of the diamond that prompted so many characters to try and come up with so many plans are the ones who end up with it at the end.
  • 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.
  • Genius Ditz: Sol can't do a robbery to save his life, but he's really good at identifying Lincoln's fake diamond as a moissanite.
  • 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!
  • The Glasses Come Off: When Brick Top's on the phone to Turkish, right before he decides to send his men to wreck Turkish's arcade and murder Mickey's mother, he's not wearing his distinctive creepy old man glasses.
  • Gluttonous Pig: Brick Top has an iconic monologue about pigs and the quantity of dead body they can consume in eight minutes, as he's happy to tell the Yardies.
  • 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.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Frankie Four Fingers smokes, but he's more neutral than evil.
  • Gorgeous George: Turkish and Tommy are sponsoring a Yorkshire boxer called Gorgeous George. Ironically, there's not much gorgeous about him. See also Ironic Nickname below.
  • 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.
    • Same goes for Brick Top getting shot by one of Mickey's men at the end.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: After Mickey refuses to throw the first fight, Brick Top is seen talking to a pair of men — Jack The All Seeing Eye and Salt Peter, high-level London gangsters who "make Brick Top look like a skirt-clinging thumb-sucker". As ruthless, violent, and terrifying Brick Top is, he was clearly uneasy about them 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.
  • Greedy Jew:
    • Cousin Avi is a Jewish gangster from New York who travels to London after his associate Frankie Four Fingers gets lost upon stealing a large diamond from Antwerp. Avi downplays this trope, however: he's certainly after the diamond for monetary gain as we can tell in the Dramatis Personae which shows he ends up getting it in the end, but he's equally concerned for Frankie's well-being, and Avi's more prominent negative qualities are profanity, kvetching, and being unbelievably incompetent.
    • Doug the Head is a subversion. He works at a jeweler's shop that inspects stolen gemstones, but he's not greedy, more Affably Evil and incompetent. And he's not even Jewish.
  • 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.
  • Guile Anti-Hero:
    • Turkish's default setting, although by the end of the film he can't outgambit the others.
    • In the end it's revealed that the true Guile Anti-Hero was Mickey, who manages to correctly predict how everyone would react, profiting and taking revenge for his mother in one fell swoop.
  • Guns Do Not Work That Way: When demonstrating that the replica 22 caliber pistols do indeed work, Sol fires one inside a 4-door sedan. Every window is blown out by the percussion, even though no bullet is actually fired (the replicas only fire blanks). The trio in the car then fall out of the damaged vehicle deafened and spend the rest of the movie asking people to speak louder (from lingering effects of this), which is the actual result of firing any weapon in a confined space.
  • 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.
  • He Knows Too Much: Boris is forced to kill Frankie when Vinnie uses his name in front of him (he was planning on stealing the diamond from him in a way that wouldn't get back to his brother).
  • 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.
  • Hidden Depths: Mickey initially seems like a cocky, impulsive, in-over his-head, Lovable Rogue with poor impulse control, but it turns out that he's quite The Chessmaster.
  • Hit Stop: Two during the film's final boxing match: the first, an uppercut that sends Mickey flying; and the second, when Mickey recovers from said uppercut, and lays out his opponent with one punch.
  • How We Got Here: Technically, the entire movie is this; the first scene is simply Turkish and Tommy, sitting in a dark office in front of an unidentified man, with Turkish beginning to reflect on things, and the entire film proceeds to take us through the events that led them there (although not always from their perspective). It's Doug the Head, and they're there because they've unwittingly found the diamond that was the cause of all the trouble.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Basically what Avi is subjected to over the course of the movie.
    • Sol, Vincent and Tyrone are just everyone's chew toy.
  • Husky Russkie: Boris the Blade. He's Uzbek, not Russian and he's not a muscular powerhouse, but he's tough and unbelievably hard to kill.
  • 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 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 cutlass when Tony gets in a car accident.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Upon seeing Mickey hungover before the fight, Turkish pulls out a flask.
    Tommy: You can't give him that.
    Turkish: It's not for him, it's for me.
  • I Will Show You X!:
    One of the Travellers: (to Brick Top) I'll give ya a fuckin' shooter, ya cunt.
  • Implacable Man: Even when not dodging bullets, Boris manages to survive being hit directly by a car travelling at high speed with no real injury, then taking almost a full magazine from a Desert Eagle at the hands of Bullet-Tooth Tony, all while yelling "fuck you!" with each bullet that Tony puts in him. It's heavily implied by his tenacity that he would have survived if the frustrated Tony hadn't used his last bullet for a well-aimed headshot.
  • Implied Death Threat: Brick Top's "What the fuck are you two lookin' at?!" to the boxers who've just seen him sentencing two of his men to death by pigs.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: Tommy says to Turkish that he shouldn't drink milk because it's not in sync with evolution and that human digestion hasn't gotten used to drinking dairy products yet. Not only is this complete nonsense on every level (human infants nearly all drink milk, and lactose persistence is one of the best-known examples of divergent evolution between human populations after our exodus from Africa), but Turkish seems aware of it as well.
    Turkish: Well fuck me. What have you been reading?
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain:
    • Sol and Vinnie, the loser duo of pawnshop crooks who try their hand at the big(ger) leagues. It does not go well for them.
    • In any other film, Cousin Avi would probably be the Big Bad. Here, he's a hapless Butt-Monkey who's hopelessly out of his depth.
  • Informed Attribute: For some reason, Solomon is convinced Tyrone is an excellent wheelman. He is not only all of 500 lbs.—as shown in the hysterical bit of him trying to get out of the stolen car at the gas station—but he can't parallel park in a space that could fit at least three cars, and instead reverses and crashes into the van that just so happens to contain Franky Four Fingers, which knocks him out and inadvertently causes the screwup when Sol and Vince go to rob the bookies. Lampshaded amazingly by Vince.
    Vince: (after watching Tyrone try to get out of the driver's seat, which takes almost a full 30 seconds) You said he's a getaway driver. What the fuck can he get away from, eh?!
  • 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 the Head and Avi are constantly informing others that they're Jewish... even though Doug, at least, really isn't.
    Turkish: Wishes he was Jewish. Pretends he's Jewish. Event tells his family they're Jewish. But he's about as Jewish as he is a fucking monkey. He thinks it's good for business. And in the diamond business, it is good for business.
  • Ironic Name: Sol (short for Solomon) has the same name as a Biblical king famous for his wisdom, but he makes several unwise decisions throughout the film.
  • 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.
    • Tony, Avi, Doug and Rosebud discuss how difficult it will be to find Boris. Cue Boris calmly ambling into Doug's shop that very moment.
  • Jerkasses: Everyone to varying degrees, though Cousin Avi and (especially) Brick Top stand out in particular.
  • Jerkass to One: Brick Top is violent and rude to practically everyone he meets, but he really seems to hold a specific dislike to Turkish's friend Tommy, repeatedly rebuffing innocent questions and comments from him.
    Tommy:(observing Brick Top's pigs) Are they Lancashire pigs?
    Brick Top: Who the fuck's talking to you, boy?
  • Jewish Complaining: Avi Denowitz is a Jewish-American criminal who has to travel over to London in order to obtain a diamond one of his men stole from Antwerp. He is not happy about having to be in England and makes it clear at every given opportunity.
    Bullet Tooth Tony: Brick Top's bookie's got blagged last night.
    Avi: "Blagged?" Speak English, Tony. I thought this country created the fucking language, and so far nobody seems to speak it.
  • Jewish Smartass: Avi Denowitz, the American Jewish criminal, is not happy at having to spend time in England trying to find an expensive diamond that his ill-fated friend Frankie Four Fingers stole, and he voices his disappointment via biting sarcasm.
  • Kick the Dog: There's no real reason to dislike Avi until he gives a certain command involving a dog. Brick Top 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.
  • 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, namely Franky Four Fingers and Avi.
    • "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: Shown as part of brief, frenetic montages of Avi's plane trips to and from London and back again, Avi downing a drink on the plane and a passport being stamped. The third trip has his passport stamped with "THE END".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By the end of the film, Tommy and Turkish, 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 Leitmofs 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.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Cousin Avi is clearly a powerful Jewish mobster and not an incredibly nice person, but tends to earn more of the audience's sympathy both through not coming across like a vicious Ax-Crazy maniac who considers murder to be the primary-to-only solution to his problems and through being shoved into a hapless farce that makes him come across like an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mama Bear: Mickey's mother shows a lot of concern for him as he seemingly gets in over his head and is willing to speak defiantly to Tommy and Turkish.
  • Mathematician's Answer: See also Ask a Stupid Question... above.
    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.
  • Mêlée à 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 the fight, Boris dies (but takes a lot of bullets to go), while Sol and Vince flee with the diamond.
  • Men of Sherwood: The other male Travellers in Mickey's clan are a rowdy bunch of interchangeable petty crooks who are nominally allied with the protagonists and are subjected to Shame If Something Happened threats by the villainous Brick Top. Then they ambush and gun down Brick Top and all his goons.
  • 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).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Brick-Top ordering Mickey's mom, the only unambiguously good natured character in the film, to be burned alive inside her trailer.
  • 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.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: According to Turkish, Tommy was named after a famous 19th century ballet dancer. Presumably Thomas S. Hamblin.
  • Never Found the Body: Brick Top guarantees this by feeding the corpses to pigs. In a scene, he describes the animal's eating process.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Tony's reaction to hearing the song that was playing when he got shot 6 times? "Oh, I love this track!".
  • 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 Quite Dead:
    • "Why do they call him Boris the Bullet Dodger?" "Because he dodges bullets!"
The same can be said about Bullet-Tooth Tony who survived a clip being unloaded into him in a flashback.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: A variation when Bullet-Tooth Tony points out that the guns being wielded by his would-be attackers have the word 'replica' written on them, while his has the words 'Desert Eagle'.
  • 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 to subdue Boris. (Apparently with at least some help from Avi and Tony, judging by how they're also disheveled and bloody.) He's heavily injured and bleeding profusely afterward, plus he's talking about needing to get to a doctor, 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.
    • Also lampshaded when the trio flee the boxing venue only to discover Bricktop waiting for them at their car, complete with a freeze-frame on Turkish, Mickey and Tommy's faces. Turkish notes in his voiceover that when you're faced with sudden, unexpected death, you freeze up and can't think to do anything, so just end up pulling "a stupid face", as Turkish and Tommy are demonstrating. He then notes that Mickey, interestingly, didn't have this reaction...
    • 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.
    • Related to the above example, one of the guys Brick Top is using to ambush the Traveller camp has a freeze frame shot of the exact moment he realises, just a split second before it happens that the Travellers are actually ambushing them.
    • 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.
    • Avi immediately sits up and looks worried when, during their phone conversation, Doug mentions that Frankie told him he was planning on going to a boxing match. Because at a boxing match there's gambling, and Frankie is The Gambling Addict...
    • In a deleted scene, Brick Top thinks he has acquired the diamond (it's actually a fake but he doesn't know that) and tries to sell it back to Cousin Avi. Avi immediately sees through it and explodes, thinking that Brick Top is trying to rip him off. As with the Greater-Scope Villain example, Brick Top looks incredibly unnerved by this, making it clear that for all that he's been presented as the most immediately dangerous man in the movie and Avi has been depicted in almost Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain terms, Avi is still an incredibly dangerous and powerful man, more so than Brick Top, and making an enemy of him is not a good idea.
  • 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.
  • Oop North: Going by his accent, Gorgeous George is from Yorkshire, like his actor, Adam Fogerty.
  • ...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.
  • Paper Tiger: Rosebud, Cousin Avi's bodyguard/goon, sure, he is big and intimidating, but his only actions in the film are getting his ass kicked offscreen by Boris when he tries to take him by himself and accidentally impaling himself on Tony's sword
  • 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 a funny angle."
    "It's behind you, Tyrone! When you reverse, things come from behind you!"
  • Parking Problems: Tyrone claims a parking spot is too tight when there's only one other vehicle on the whole block. Naturally, when the others convince him to park there, he crashes into that vehicle, leading to one of the funniest exchanges in the movie:
    Tyrone: I didn't see it there.
    Vinnie It's a four ton truck, Tyrone. Its not as if it's a packet of fucking peanuts, is it?
    Tyrone: It was a funny angle.
    Vinnie: It's behind you Tyrone. Whenever you reverse, 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.
    • After Mickey's mother is killed by Brick Top, Turkish apologizes to Mickey for his loss. Considering how obnoxiously he's interacted with Mickey in every scene together beforehand, it's pretty heartwarming. Mickey, for his own part, tells Turkish not to apologize, because he didn't kill Mickey's mother.
  • Pistol-Whipping:
    • Frankie Four Fingers pistol whips a man during the Antwerp robbery in order to get another man to tell him where the diamond is.
    • Vinnie 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 Hero: As noted below, the heroes aren't exactly paragons of political correctness, as both Turkish and Tommy are rather casual with the use of the term "pikey" (a derogatory term for the Traveller community) and tend to generally subscribe to the widespread stereotype that they're untrustworthy criminals and con artists. Then again, it's not as if the Travellers in this film don't all uniformly live down to that particular stereotype.
  • 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.
    • Gorgeous George really doesn't like Irish Travellers. Then again, neither does anyone else, including our heroes Tommy and Turkish.
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony might be something of a homophobe, judging by his comments towards the three Yardies.
  • 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:
    • Darren, 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?
  • Put on a Bus: Gorgeous George is a fairly notable character for the first act but then vanishes for most of the time after being injured in a fight with Mickey.
  • 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:
    • Bullet-Tooth Tony and his "Desert Eagle point five-oh", of course. Justified in that he is clearly not and never has been a military man, and so likely selected that gun because it fired huge rounds and looked cool. It is useful for getting people to back down should the need arise.
    • Vincent and Sol use a shortened version of the Franchi SPAS-12.
  • 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 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 old 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:
    • Firing off a series of rapid shots at a dog while not even looking in the same direction) results in Avi unintentionally killing the infamously unkillable Bullet Tooth Tony.
    • Subverted in the scenes where Boris the Blade sells pistols to Tommy and Franky Four Fingers; both engage in some stupid behavior (Tommy aiming a gun right at Gorgeous George, Franky scratching his temple with the gunbarrel). Boris shows no concern either time, despite being a trained gun professional. Because he knows the guns don't fire.
  • Red Baron: Boris the Blade (a.k.a. Boris the Bullet-Dodger, a.k.a. 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 ones 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:
    Turkish: 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?"
  • Roguish Romani: Turkish and Tommy need to quickly find a replacement fighter and end up recruiting Irish Traveller bare-knuckle boxing champ Mickey O'Neil. The "pikeys" are supposedly all thieves and liars, but this is coming from a cast made up entirely of London Gangsters, jewel thieves, armed robbers, and unlicensed boxing promoters, and Mickey and the other Travellers end up putting one over Brick Top and getting away scot-free, which is treated as a happy ending and well-deserved.
  • 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 (Uzbekistanian, though he might've been an ethnic Russian previously residing in Uzbekistan) is captured, run over, and takes an entire Desert Eagle clip to be killed.
  • Scary Black Men: Subverted by Sol, Tyrone and Vinnie. The white people they try stealing from are a lot scarier than them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Gorgeous George tries to pull this on Mickey after the latter refuses to stay down during their fight.
    • After Brick Top lets the Pawn Shop boys out of a gruesome execution, Lincoln (seemingly the only one who is an actual Yardie) wants no part of the trio and is not seen or mentioned again. Can you blame him, really?
    • Pretty much said word-for-word by Sol after Tony unloads his Desert Eagle into a hallway containing Boris (who was also about to shoot them with an AK assault rifle), Avi, Sol, Vincent, and Tyrone. After seeing both Tyrone and Boris are hit and realizing how close he just came to dying, (and might still die after Tony breaks through the door) Sol assesses the situation and comes to the following conclusion as to what course of action they should pursue:
      Sol: Fuck it, we're outta here.
    • After being spared solely because Tony ran out of bullets, Tyrone makes no attempt to return to the Pawn Shop, and is ultimately the only member that avoids death and arrest. Granted, he's probably in the hospital recovering from being shot and is also likely being investigated by the police if U.K. laws are anything like those of the U.S.note 
    • When Avi realises he's just accidentally killed Bullet-Tooth Tony, he jumps on a plane right back to New York.
  • Self-Plagiarism: To Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels:
    • In Lock Stock, there is a scene in which Harry, Barry and Chris have a conversation. Barry says the line. "No, Harry, you can't," which is shortly repeated by Chris, then by both together. This joke is carried over to this movie when Alex and Susi do the same thing with the line, "Yeah, Dad, you told us."
    • Boris the Blade pulls a large cleaver from his belt as Soap did.
    • Boris' brother advising him not to use idiots to kidnap Frankie echoes Harry telling Barry that he doesn't want to know who he hires to steal the shotguns so long as they're not complete muppets.
    • Brick Top telling Turkish and Tommy to fuck off after chewing them out for their failure as Barry did to the Scousers.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Avi gets angry at all the British slang being thrown around, and at one point yells "Speak English to me, Tony. This country supposedly spawned the fucking language and so far, nobody seems to speak it".
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    Tony: Boris the Blade? As in, Boris the Bullet-Dodger?
    Avi: Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?
    Tony: [beat, then turns to look at Avi in disbelief] 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:
  • Slasher Smile: Tony has an unpleasant smirk when he's taunting the Yardies with the knowledge that he knows their guns are replicas.
  • 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.
  • Spoiler Opening: The title card starts with the eventual fate of the diamond — Avi grinning while he stashes it in his safe.
  • Stealth Pun: Mickey 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.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Mullet, a Scottish lad who Bullet Tooth Tony interrogates to find out who tried blagging Brick Top's bookies. A deleted scene has John and Errol interrogate him as well.
  • Straight Edge Evil: While Avi and Bullet-Tooth Tony are shown drinking alcohol, a deleted scene reveals that they both share a dislike of cocaine and addicts, which is why Tony dislikes Brick Top's goons.
    Avi: What exactly did you do to these guys.
    Tony: I had a run-in with a few of the chaps. They were too busy listening to white powdered angels sitting on their shoulders.
    Avi: You should never trust a man who puts anything but a finger up his nose.
  • 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.
    • Also Avi. He doesn't even know how to use a knife, for goodness' sake! In his defence, he's not used to active criminal work himself.
  • 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!
  • Sudden Morbid Monologue: Brick Top comes across Vinnie and Sol (who had just robbed a bookie's belonging to him) carrying the body of Frankie Four Fingers. He gives them some extremely detailed advice on how to dispose of Frankie's body. Vinnie and Sol are both visibly disturbed when they hear this information; Vinnie asks Brick Top who he is, and Brick Top introduces himself as their nemesis ("A righteous infliction of retribution, manifested by an appropriate agent.").
  • Take a Third Option: Mickey is given two choices: perform in a fixed fight that he has to lose by knockout in the fourth round, or watch as the gangsters forcing him to do this murder his entire clan. (And just to prove they will, they set fire to his mother's caravan — with her inside.) Instead, they decide on a third option. Mickey and the entire clan bet a shitload of money on Mickey knocking out his opponent, which he does, and before the gangsters can do anything about it the clan kills all the gangsters assassins and the head of the mob as well. Moral of the story: don't fuck with Irish Travellers.
  • Tempting Fate: Sol says this immediately before Bullet Tooth Tony taps on the window with his Desert Eagle:
    "You're not from this planet are you, Vincent? Who is gonna mug two black fellas, who're holding pistols, in a car that's worth less than your shirt?!!"
  • 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".
  • The Tooth Hurts: In the Dramatis Personae, we see Brick Top's men pinning someone to a pool table while Brick Top hammers out their teeth.
  • 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 Wacky Nazis: Referenced. When Tommy reveals he has bought a gun "for protection", Turkish replies "Who from? Ze Germans?"
  • Throwing the Fight: Mickey is told to take the dive, but refuses. Everyone thinks this is just him being deliberately contrary, but it turns out to be a thoroughly-planned revenge plot which includes placing a huge bet on himself.
  • 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 gives a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions for how to dispose of a body (it involves a pig farm) to a Yardie and a duo of Stupid Crooks- the latter of which unwittingly robbed one of his businesses. The Yardie- who knows Brick Top- is clearly intimidated; the other two are too stupid to worry up until they're escorted outside and find that Brick Top's thugs are ready to attempt step 1 on the three of them while they're still alive.
  • 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.
  • Trashy Trailer Home: Mickey and his fellow Irish Travellers live in an illegal trailer park. Turkish mentions in narration that these people have no trouble with murder (accidental or otherwise) because all they need to do is bury the corpses, pull stakes, and they will never be found because they live off the grid. Sure enough, after they kill Brick Top and his men in retaliation for the murder of Mikey's mom, Turkish and Tommy arrive to the campground the morning after to find them all gone. Also, aside from Mikey's mother (who becomes an unfortunate example of Too Good for This Sinful Earth courtesy of Brick Top), all of the people in the campground are showcased as loathsome con artists.
  • Travel 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.
  • 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).
  • The Triads and the Tongs: A Chinese gangster makes a brief appearance in a flashback, attempting to murder Bullet-Tooth Tony. Key word is "attempting", because Tony shrugs off every bullet the gangster shoots him with, until he's left screaming "Why Won't You Die??!", and then Tony kills him with a sword.
  • 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.
  • Umbrella Drink: Avi appears to prefer these kind of drinks when he has to leave his home country.
    I don't like leaving my own country, Doug, and I especially don't like leaving it for anything less than warm sandy beaches and cocktails with little straw hats.
  • 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: Mikey O'Neil speaks with such a thick "Pikey" accent that outsiders have difficulty understanding him. His subtitles occasionally revert to "??????"
  • 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!
    • After getting beaten, kidnapped, then escaping a car crash only to be blindsided by another car, Boris marches home, Laughing Mad, and muttering to himself in Russian the entire time.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Inverted. Mullet, the Scottish informant, is more often the victim of violence than the instigator, as Bullet Tooth Tony is happy to show.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The movie is primarily a wacky comedy focused on criminals and the hijinks the cast get into while trying to find a diamond. And then you have Brick Top, a ruthless and murderous crime boss played completely straight, and who is by far the most nasty and seriously played character in the movie. Even what little humor he brings in only further cements what an asshole he is.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Tyrone, the fattest of the three Yardies, has a high-pitched voice.
  • Watching Troy Burn: Mickey's mom's trailer.
  • Weak Boss, Strong Underlings: Brick Top has his thugs (most prominently John and Errol), Turkish and Tommy used Gorgeous George for that purpose, Doug the Head hires Bullet-Tooth Tony both for this and for his abilities to find someone, and Avi has Rosebud.
  • 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.
    • Averted with the Desert Eagle, Point Five-Oh. Both because it is very much used for shooting and killing things, and because Bullet-Tooth Tony doesn't need a weapon to be intimidating. That said, he does use it to get Sol, Vinnie, and Tyrone to back down, countering that their fake weapons for intimidation are trumped by his real one.
  • Wham Line: The movie begins with a quick shot of Turkish and Tommy sat in a dark room in front of an unidentified man, which is forgotten about for the rest of the movie until the end, wherein this brief exchange reveals exactly who they are dealing with:
    Turkish: So, what do you think? Know anyone who'd be interested?
    Doug the Head: I might.
  • 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.
    • Boris the Blade's Brother disappears after the opening scenes, although considering that Boris fails to hide his involvement in the robbery (something that they had decided was of great importance) it's likely that Cousin Avi would have connected the dots and either fired Boris's brother from his organization or had him killed.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Mickey's "pikey" accent is a bizarre mix of English, Irish, Scottish, and gibberish.
    Turkish: There is a problem with pikeys or gypsies. You can't really understand what's being said. It's not Irish. It's not English. It's just....well, it's just pikey.
  • 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 by (presumably) a Chinese Triad member in a flashback.
    • Tony himself says "Don't take the piss, Boris" before shooting Boris for the umpteenth time.
  • Worrying for the Wrong Reason: On the day of the second fight, Tommy is scared that Mickey will knock out the other fighter and that they'll all be killed by Brick Top as a result, and is surprised to see that Turkish is relatively calm about it. Turkish, however, isn't bothered by that. The day in question is also the day of a funeral, specifically Mickey's mom's, and Irish gypsies are known to drink very heavily at funerals, which will no doubt include Mickey himself. What Turkish is worried about is whether Mickey will drink so much that he doesn't even make it to the fourth round of the fight, when he is meant to take the dive. Because both have the same consequence, and are dependent on Mickey and Brick Top, Turkish feels that there is nothing either he or Mickey can do to stop either scenario:
    Turkish: (irritated) It's not as though we've got a choice now, is it? You show me how to control a wild fucking gypsy, and I'll show you how to control an unhinged, pig-feeding gangster!
  • The Yardies: Lincoln (played by Goldie) is described as "a bad boy Yardie". Funnily enough, Goldie is of Jamaican descent, like the original definition of "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 Outlived Your Usefulness: Brick Top, upon hearing Turkish declaring that Mickey's not going to throw the fight unless they buy a caravan for his mother, coldly declares, "You're not very useful to me alive, are you, Turkish?" and sends his men down to Turkish's arcade armed to the teeth. Subverted, because Turkish survives, and has to worry more about Brick Top punishing them for not getting the desired fight outcome instead.
  • 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.

 
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