Snatch (2001)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 44 mins

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Set against the violent and dangerous backdrop of the London mafia, this fast-paced crime comedy that has a twin-layered plot – one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter (Jason Statham) who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster (Alan Ford) who is ready and willing to have his subordinates carry out severe and sadistic acts of violence. In the world of boxing, Turkish and his close friend/accomplice Tommy get pulled into the world of match fixing by the notorious Brick Top. Things get complicated when the boxer they had lined up gets badly beaten by Pitt, a 'pikey' ( slang for an Irish Gypsy)- who comes into the equation after Turkish, an unlicensed boxing promoter wants to buy a caravan off the Irish Gypsies. They then try to convince Pitt not only to fight for them, but to lose for them too. Amidst these chaotic events, a huge diamond heist takes place, and a fistful of motley characters enter the story, including 'Cousin Avi', 'Boris The Blade', 'Franky Four Fingers' and 'Bullet Tooth Tony'. Things go from bad to worse as it all becomes about the money, the guns, and the dog and pure mayhem!
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Cast: Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, Nicola Collins

Crew: Guy Ritchie (Director), Tim Maurice Jones (Director of Photography), John Murphy (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Crime, Comedy

Release Dates: 19 Jan 2001 (India)

Tagline: Stealin' Stones and Breakin' Bones

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Did you know? Just before Mickey and Bomber Harris begin their fight, Bomber Harris head-butts Mickey just after the bell rings. Mickey recoils checking for blood on his glove and then floors his opponent with one punch. This was a nod towards Lenny "The Guv'nor" McClean when he fought "Mad Gypsy" Bradshaw in an almost identical fight. Lenny McLean worked with Guy Ritchie on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and passed away in 1998. Read More
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as Mickey O'Neil
as Turkish
as Alex
Supporting Actor
as Brick Top
as Errol
as Franky Four Fingers
as Cousin Avi
as Mullet
as Darren
as Sol
as Jack The All Seeing Eye
as Doug the Head
as Boris the Blade
as Vinny
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Mum O'Neil
Supporting Actor
as Bullet-Tooth Tony

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Music

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Art

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Camera:
Moviecam Compact
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat), 2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
Stealin' Stones and Breakin' Bones
Now you see it, now you don't!
Stealing stones is hazardous.
Goofs:
Miscellaneous
When Boris first talks to Sol about the job, he offers him £50,000. When he comes to pay Sol and Vinnie for the briefcase, the amount has lowered to only £10,000. However, when Boris hears that there wasn't much cash at the bookies, he offers them the £10,000 to HELP the situation. In other words, he realizes that he promised £50,000. As a shady character, it is normal for him to cheat in this way.

Miscellaneous
During the opening credits when Franky Four Fingers is introduced and his nickname is being explained, he's shown holding cards in his hand with a missing finger visible. It appears that when the shot follows his hand laying the cards down, all the fingers on that hand are present, but the hand belongs to Turkish, not Franky Four Fingers, and this can be viewed by slowly advancing the movie one frame at a time. The different skin tones are a dead giveaway.

Revealing Mistakes
When Frankie Four Fingers is holding up the diamond broker in Antwerp in the opening scene, he is seen holding his Smith and Wesson 681 revolver. The trigger is nearly fully back in the trigger guard, indicating the gun is cocked, but the hammer is down, instead of also back.

Errors in Geography
When robbing the diamond broker in Antwerp, a fire exit sign in one of the corridors appears firstly in French and secondly, in smaller letters, in Dutch. However, Antwerp belongs to the Dutch language area and the public signs have to be first and foremost in Dutch.

Factual Mistake
In the scene where Avi shoots Bullet-Tooth Tony he is firing at least 10 rounds, but the magazine holds eight rounds.

Factual Mistake
Bullet Tooth Tony states that his Desert Eagle is a point 5-0 (.50 caliber). This being a Mark I Desert Eagle (noted by teardrop style safety) was never chambered for .50. Also note that he fires a total of 8 rounds in the pub, which suggests that his Desert Eagle is actually a .44 model rather than .50. The etching of "Desert Eagle .50 AE cal" on the slide is also incorrect.

Continuity
In the back of the truck after the diamond heist in Antwerp, Frankie gives his gun to another man. During this exchange it can be seen that Frankie does in fact have all ten fingers.

Continuity
Mickey's tattoos seriously fade during the final fight scene. This is most notable when Turkish is talking to him in the corner after the third round and when Mickey imagines he has been knocked into water.

Continuity
Throughout the movie "Snatch" the stolen diamond is mentioned as being 86 carats often in the beginning, and 84 carats toward the end.

Continuity
The same shot of Cousin Avi downing a pill on the plane when first flying to England is used again after he kills Tony by accident and goes back to New York. At that point, he should be wearing a purple shirt, not the yellow one with white collar and cuffs. Similarly, he gets the same taxi - 5X76 - both times.

Continuity
When Boris the Blade is threatening Vinny, Sol and Tyrone after cleaning up the mess he made of Frankie Four-Fingers, the door to the office is open/closed/open between shots.

Continuity
When Lincoln is talking to Sol in the shop about his diamond, he has his finger on his forehead in the surveillance camera, but in the next shot, his hand is not on his head.

Audio/Video Mismatch
After Mickey's mum's funeral, Turkish slaps Mickey to wake him up. There is a slapping sound before he is actually slapped.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Sol, Vinny and Tyrone are in the car after crashing into Franky Four Fingers' van, you can hear the patter of rain on the car roof but there is no rain falling on the windscreen.

Character Error
When they're robbing the bank, Vinny calls Sol by his name. But when Sol calls Vinny by his later, Vinny answers "I'd be doing a lot better if you'd stop using my name."

Continuity
When Vincent, Sol, and Tyrone get into the car before they rob the bookies, Vincent's turtleneck is gray. When they crash into Franky Four Finger's van, his turtleneck changes to burgundy.

Continuity
When Boris The Blade kills Franky he says: "Fools, he could not know my name." But, actually he reacted only at the second mention of his name in that scene. Before that Vincent, in the beginning of the scene, says: "We ain't ****ing butchers, Boris".

Continuity
The exterior shot prior to the scene where Turkish, Tommy, and Gorgeous George are playing cards in the caravan before the last fight is obviously taken from the beginning of the movie since it shows the door in place and Charlie outside cooking sausages. (In several scenes in between the door is clearly standing against the caravan after Turkish pulled it off.)
Trivia:
This film shares themes, ideas and motifs with Ritchie's first film, 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. It is also filmed in the same visual style and features many of the same actors, including Jones, Statham, and Ford.

Just before Mickey and Bomber Harris begin their fight, Bomber Harris head-butts Mickey just after the bell rings. Mickey recoils checking for blood on his glove and then floors his opponent with one punch. This was a nod towards Lenny "The Guv'nor" McClean when he fought "Mad Gypsy" Bradshaw in an almost identical fight. Lenny McLean worked with Guy Ritchie on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and passed away in 1998.

Tim Maurice-Jones, the cinematographer, plays the man who is repeatedly battered over the head at the beginning of the movie by Frankie Four-Fingers (Benicio Del Toro). In Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), for which he was also the cinematographer, he was the man being drowned at the beginning of the film by Barry the Baptist (Lenny McLean).

One of the boxers is called Bomber Harris. "Bomber Harris" was the nickname of Arthur Harris, chief of RAF Bomber Command in World War II. The name later appeared in a German Monty Python special (Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1971)) as the name of a man who wrestles himself - Colin "Bomber" Harris.

The hardcore band "Cold War from Orange County, California" quotes this movie several times throughout their CD "From Russia With Love." Some of the lines quoted are: ("Quote" - Character / Song in which quote is used) "From Russia with love, ah?" - Doug The Head / Love Betrays "Heavy's good, heavy's reliable." - Boris the Blade / Painful Delight "Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an 'orrible c*nt... me." - Brick Top / Retrace My Steps

The car driven by Tyrone is a Rover SD1. It is the Vitesse version which was the fastest version made. It has a 3.5 litre V8 engine which ran on petrol/gasoline. The car was in production from 1976-1986 and in this time there was a "facelift" updated model as used in this film. The car is driven by the rear wheels and was a favorite amongst police and criminals when they were in production; so much so in fact, that the police started buying second hand cars and converting them for use in the police force when they went out of production. There were many different engines available, such as a 2.3 and 2.6 liter in-line 6 cylinder engine and a 2.4 liter turbo diesel engine, which was revolutionary in the 1980s. After the car went out of production, the design was sold to a company in India and it was re-badged and sold again as the Standard 2000.

Every mistake that Sol, Vincent and Tyrone make were inspired by various late-night TV shows about real-life crimes gone horribly wrong.

Lennie James actually hit himself in his private parts with the shotgun while blasting a hole in the wall at the bookies, but continued the scene. That footage was used in the film.

According to the DVD commentary, Bow, the dog was very difficult to work with. During car scene with Vincent, Sol and Tyrone, the dog was actually attacking Lennie James, and James was actually bitten in the crotch by the dog but didn't suffer any serious injury. The dog was replaced after that incident.

Nearly every death in the movie takes place off-screen.

Franky Four-Fingers changes into four different outfits during the short telephone conversation to cousin Avi.

In Guy Ritchie's previous film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), 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."

To keep things in order during production, director Guy Ritchie introduced a system of fines on set. There were fines for mobile phones ringing, arriving late, taking naps during shooting, being "cheeky", being unfunny, and/or moaning and complaining. One staff member was even charged for letting the craft service table run out of coffee cups.

The role of Brick Top was originally offered to Sean Connery. Connery liked the script and was curious to see Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), so producer Matthew Vaughn hastily arranged a screening for him at extreme short notice. Connery duly turned up and watched the film, before emerging with his judgment: "That is a good film", he said, "and (in a stage whisper) you're not going to be able to afford me." Cue Alan Ford.

Guy Ritchie reportedly paid US $1 million for the use of Madonna's song, "Lucky Star".

When Mickey "wins" a new trailer van for his mother from Turkish, he specifically picks out "periwinkle blue" as the color. In Psycho (1960), we are told that Norman Bates helped to pick out a "periwinkle blue" dress for his dead mother. Mickey, just like Norman, is also responsible (albeit indirectly) for his own mother's death.

Brad Pitt, who was a big fan of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), approached director Guy Ritchie and asked for a role in this film. When Ritchie found Pitt couldn't master a London accent, he gave him the role of Mickey the Gypsy.

When Guy Ritchie told Brad Pitt that he would be playing a boxer, Pitt became concerned because he had just finished shooting Fight Club (1999) and did not want to play the same type of role again. Pitt took the role anyway because he wanted to work with Ritchie so badly.

Brad Pitt's character and indecipherable speech was inspired by many critics' complaints about the accents of the characters in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Guy Ritchie decided to counter the criticisms by creating a character that not only couldn't be understood by the audience but that also couldn't be understood by characters in the movie.

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.

The producers couldn't afford enough extras for the boxing match sequences. Whenever a camera angle changed, the extras had to move around to create an impression of a crowded house.