RocknRolla (2008)

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  • IMDb page: RocknRolla (2008)
  • Rate: 7.3/10 total 90,376 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 31 October 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 114 min
  • Filming Location: Abandoned Railway Line, near London City Airport, Newham, East London, London, England, UK
  • Budget: $18,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $5,694,401(USA)(21 December 2008)
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Stars: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson and Idris Elba
  • Original Music By: Steve Isles   
  • Soundtrack: Powerhouse
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Painting | Accountant | Punched In The Face | London England | Axe

Writing Credits By:

  • Guy Ritchie (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The sex scene montage only came about because on the day of filming Gerard Butler had a nasty throat infection and Thandie Newton refused to kiss him. Guy Ritchie then improvised the revised scene into the very funny montage it is now.
  • The band playing in the club scene are The Subways with their song ‘Rock & Roll Queen’.
  • There are two characters whose names are a reference to characters in other movies. The character of Handsome Bob (Tom Hardy) is a possible reference to Jason Statham who played Handsome Rob in The Italian Job, and the character Fred the Head is similar to Doug the Head in Ritchie’s previous film Snatch..
  • According to director Guy Ritchie, this is the first in a trilogy. Before the credits reads a title card, “The Wild Bunch will return in The Real RockNRolla”. Hinting that this will be the next installment, “The Real RockNRolla”.
  • Actor Matt King, who plays Cookie in this film, actually played director Guy Ritchie in spoof Channel 4 show Star Stories, in the episode ‘Madonna: The Wife’s Life’.

Goofs: Continuity: When the rich Russian goes to his accountant house to ask her to marry him, he comes with a silver S Class Mercedes Benz. When he decides to kill her (seeing his picture in her house), the scene shows his left behind bodyguard in a black Audi A8 (the same car from the end).

Plot: In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player — a drugged out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive — has a multi-million dollar prize fall into his hands. Full summary »  »

Story: Lenny Cole, a London mob boss, puts the bite on all local real estate transactions. For substantial fees, he's helping Uri Omovich, a Russian developer. As a sign of good faith, Omovich loans Cole a valuable painting, promptly stolen off Cole's wall. While Cole's men, led by the dependable Archie, look for the canvas, three local petty criminals, the Wild Bunch, steal money from the Russian using inside information from his accountant, the lovely Stella. Meanwhile, a local drug-addled rocker, Johnny Quid, is reported drowned, and his connection to Cole is the key to unraveling the deceits and double crosses of life in the underworld.Written by <>  


Synopsis: Lenny Cole (Wilkinson) is a crime boss who calls the shots in London’s underworld and real estate market. We learn all about Lenny from Archy (Strong) his second in command who serves as the film’s narrator. When a wealthy Russian property dealer by the name of Yuri Omovich (Roden) looks to Lenny for help on a major new deal, Lenny is eager to assist (for a very large fee, of course). Yuri agrees to pay, and as a show of faith, he insists that Lenny borrow his "lucky" painting. Yuri then asks his accountant, Stella (Newton), to transfer the money to Lenny, but Stella arrangers for a band of thieves known as the The Wild Bunch consisting of One Two (Butler) and Mumbles (Elba) to intercept the money before it reaches him and split the cash among the three of them. To make matters worse, the lucky painting has mysteriously been stolen, and the number one suspect is Lenny’s estranged stepson, crack-addicted rock star Johnny Quid, who is presumed dead. As Lenny desperately tries to locate the painting, Yuri calls in sadistic henchmen to recover his money.

In an attempt to find Johnny, Lenny and Archy enlist his former record producers Mickey (Ludacris) and Roman (Piven) to track him down or else their concerts and clubs will be shut down. Meanwhile, Handsome Bob (Hardy) is distraught on the night before his court case, he’s scheduled to do a five year prison stretch. One Two organizes a party for Bob. On the way to the party, One Two tries to cheer Bob up to no avail. Bob then comes out to One Two, admitting to having a crush on One Two. One Two is disgusted, but thinking that it’s Bob’s last night as a free man, asks him what exactly he’d like to do. The next day, One Two refuses to attend Bob’s court hearing to the surprise of Mumble. One Two uncomfortably tries to explain that something happened between him and Bob the previous night, when Mumbles tells him that everyone knows that Bob is gay.

When One Two, Mumbles, and Bob try to steal a second load of Yuri’s money they are wounded and chased by Yuri’s persistent hired mercenaries who engage them in a shootout and a lengthy foot chase. They nevertheless deliver the money to Stella as they did before. By this time Yuri has grown impatient and come to suspect that Lenny is involved in the theft of the cash and his painting. Yuri has Lenny viciously beaten, demanding that the painting be returned and the money delivered. Two item peddling junkies manage to steal the painting from Johnny and sell it to the Wild Bunch, and One Two promptly gives it to Stella after they have sex. Mickey and Roman find Johnny and call Archy to have him delivered. After capturing the three, Archy and Lenny’s men go to apprehend One Two who is already in the hands of Yuri’s vengeful mercenaries. Archy and his men kill the mercenaries and kidnap One Two as well as Mumbles and Handsome Bob who arrived to deliver the name of a much talked about police informant inside the London underworld.

Yuri arrives at Stella’s house to seal their arrangements while also asking her to marry him, as he has been smitten with her for a long time. Immediately after asking, Yuri spots his lucky painting in Stella’s living room. After being asked how long she’s had it, Stella says she’s had it for years, not knowing it’s actually Yuri’s. Feeling betrayed and enraged, Yuri orders his associate inside to kill Stella.

Meanwhile, Archy brings Johnny, the Wild Bunch, Mickey, and Roman to Lenny’s warehouse where Johnny begins to verbally provoke Lenny. Lenny then shoots Johnny in the stomach before he finishes telling Archy that Lenny is the famous rat. Lenny then orders Johnny, Roman, and Mickey escorted downstairs while demanding that the Wild Bunch to tell him where the money is. Handsome Bob offers Archy the documents in his jacket pocket which reveals the informant, code named "Sidney Shaw," to be Lenny. Lenny had arranged with the police to give up many of his associates for prison at any given time in exchange for his freedom. One Two, Mumbles, and Archy himself are among the people Lenny has ratted out over the years, and Archy had served over four years in jail because of this. With this new information brought to light, Archy frees the Wild Bunch and kills Lenny.

In the meantime, Johnny, Mickey, Roman and two of Lenny’s men are in an elevator on their way to a spot where Lenny’s gangsters will execute them and dispose of their bodies. Johnny informs Mickey and Roman in detail about how they will be killed along with him. This prompts Lenny’s men to act prematurely, but thanks to Johnny’s warning Mickey and Roman react in time, and after a struggle manage to kill the gangsters. When they make it to the ground floor, Johnny kills two more guards waiting outside the lift. The Wild Bunch save them from the last remaining henchman (One-Two knocks him out from behind) and they all escape.

Some time later, Archy picks up a rehabilitated but still eccentric Johnny Quid from the hospital. Archy offers Yuri’s lucky painting to Johnny as a peace offering and "welcome home present," which Johnny accepts. Archy reveals to Johnny that obtaining the painting "cost a very wealthy Russian an arm and a leg." The film closes with Johnny proclaiming that with his new freedom, he will do what he couldn’t do before: "become a real RocknRolla". During the end credits, it is revealed that One Two and Bob had danced together on the night before Bob’s court hearing.

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Produced By:

  • Martin Askew known as associate producer
  • Steve Clark-Hall known as producer
  • Mickey De Hara known as associate producer (as Mickey De'Hara)
  • Susan Downey known as producer
  • Navid McIlhargey known as executive producer
  • Lauren Meek known as associate producer
  • Steve Richards known as executive producer
  • Guy Ritchie known as producer
  • Joel Silver known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Gerard Butler known as One Two
  • Tom Wilkinson known as Lenny Cole
  • Thandie Newton known as Stella
  • Mark Strong known as Archy
  • Idris Elba known as Mumbles
  • Tom Hardy known as Handsome Bob
  • Karel Roden known as Uri Omovich
  • Toby Kebbell known as Johnny Quid
  • Jeremy Piven known as Roman
  • Ludacris known as Mickey (as Chris Bridges)
  • Jimi Mistry known as Councillor
  • Matt King known as Cookie
  • Geoff Bell known as Fred the Head
  • Dragan Micanovic known as Victor
  • Michael Ryan known as Pete
  • Nonso Anozie known as Tank
  • Gemma Arterton known as June
  • David Bark-Jones known as Bertie (as David Bark Jones)
  • David Leon known as Malcolm
  • Bronson Webb known as Paul
  • Kelly George known as Danny
  • Roland Manookian known as Bandy
  • Jamie Campbell Bower known as Rocker
  • Alex Kovas known as Chechnyan
  • Mario Woszcycki known as Chechnyan (as Marios Woszezycki)
  • Mickey De Hara known as Turbo
  • Scott McNess known as Johnny – 12 Years old
  • Tim Wallers known as Property Lawyer
  • James Greene known as Judge
  • Jasper Jacob known as Barrister
  • Joanna Bacon known as Speeler Girl
  • Johnny Harris known as Gary
  • Tiffany Mulheron known as Jackie
  • Ben Caplan known as Estate Agent
  • Ben Homewood known as Estate Agent
  • David Sterne known as Barman
  • Oliver Dimsdale known as Posh Man In Shorts
  • Blake Ritson known as Johnny Sloane
  • Robert Stone known as Nightclub Bouncer
  • Andy Linden known as Waster
  • Jason Courtis known as Accountant
  • Charlotte Armer known as Nurse
  • Rory Sadler known as Eton Boy
  • Oliver Dean known as Eton Boy
  • Anton Saunders known as Detective Sergeant Barnes
  • James Puddephatt known as Detective Sergeant
  • Laura McIntosh known as Sexy Girl In Bathroom
  • Billy Lunn known as The Subways
  • Charlotte Cooper known as The Subways
  • Josh Morgan known as The Subways (as Joshua Morgan)
  • Morne Botes known as Jimmy (uncredited)
  • Ian Houghton known as Held up Accountant (uncredited)
  • Aaron King known as Theatre Goer (uncredited)
  • Laurence Richardson known as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Tom Rooke known as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Johan van Vuuren known as Sloan 2 (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kirstin Chalmers known as hair designer
  • Kirstin Chalmers known as makeup designer
  • Jenny Harling known as makeup artist
  • Laura Lilley known as makeup trainee
  • Laura McIntosh known as makeup artist
  • Kath Rayner known as makeup artist
  • Laura Lilley known as hair trainee (uncredited)
  • Waldo Mason known as prosthetics (uncredited)
  • Brigitta Smart known as makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Ben Bagley known as stand-by props
  • Lee Biggs known as carpenter
  • Julian Caldow known as storyboard artist
  • Neal Callow known as stand-by art director
  • Tina Charad known as graphic designer
  • George Dean known as senior painter
  • Peter Edge known as stand-by painter
  • Nick Flatt known as stand-by stagehand
  • David Gibson known as carpenter
  • Jane Gilchrist known as store person
  • Gavin Grant known as dressing props
  • Darren Hayward known as carpenter
  • Sarah Jenneson known as set decorator assistant
  • James Mannell known as dressing props
  • Simon Marjoram known as carpenter
  • Paul Anthony McGill known as architectural illustrator
  • Garry Moore known as stand-by carpenter
  • Greg O'Donnell known as stand-by painter
  • Mark Papworth known as stand-by props
  • Steve Register known as prop master
  • Julie Signy known as production buyer
  • David Smith known as stand-by stagehand
  • Rob Sutton known as senior carpenter
  • Chris Tooth known as art department assistant (as Christopher Tooth)
  • Luke Whitelock known as assistant art director
  • Dennis Wilson known as construction manager (as Denis Wilson)
  • Galo Make Canote known as title art drawings (uncredited)
  • Paul Couch known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • Thomas Jones known as props mould-maker (uncredited)
  • Morgan Parker known as props (uncredited)
  • Antony Parnell known as props (uncredited)
  • Evie Wray known as set dresser (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Dark Castle Entertainment
  • Toff Guy Films (in association with)
  • Studio Canal (as StudioCanal) (financed in association with)

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting
  • ARRI Media  cameras and lenses
  • Action Factory, The  vehicles
  • Amazing Animals  animals supplied by
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies/mobiles
  • Bapty and Co.  weapons supplied by (as Bapty & Company)
  • Bickers Action Enterprises  camera car supplied by (as Bickers Action)
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • DNA Music  talent agency
  • Danetracks  sound design and editorial
  • Eurostar International  facilities
  • Film Flow  facilities
  • International Film Guarantors  completion bond
  • Lays International  facilities
  • Lofty's Lab  stills processing
  • Makin Movies  facilities
  • Media Safety  health and safety
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  insurance
  • Momentous Insurance Brokerage  production insurance services
  • One Post  digital intermediate (as One Post London)
  • One Post  digital opticals
  • Pivotal Post  Avid Editing Equipment Provided By
  • Premier Caterers  catering by (as Premier Catering)
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Prologue Films  main and end title design
  • Soho Images  film processing
  • St. Anne's Post  rushes transfer
  • Totally Entertainment  insurance
  • Universal Records  soundtrack
  • Warner Bros. Studio Facilities  foley by
  • Warner Bros. Studio Facilities  sound re-recording
  • Your Choice Props  facilities


  • Karo Premiere (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Studio Canal (2008) (France) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Cinemax (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • One Post (digital opticals)
  • Rushes Post Production (visual effects by)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Bannister known as senior compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Seb Barker known as CG artist: Rushes Post Production (as Seb Baker)
  • Jocelin Capper known as visual effects executive producer: Rushes Post Production (as Joce Capper)
  • Michael Deming known as digital film bureau
  • Guy Elson known as senior compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Neil Harrison known as digital intermediate systems administrator
  • Warwick Hewett known as visual effects coordinator: Rushes Post Production
  • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
  • Alex Jenyon known as digital matte painter: Rushes Post Production
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
  • Tom Kimberley known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Alex Llewellyn known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Ian Murphy known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager
  • Mark Pascoe known as CG artist: Rushes Post Production
  • Kate Porter known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Scott Pritchard known as composite supervisor: Rushes Post Production
  • Jonathan Privett known as visual effects supervisor: Rushes Post Production
  • Cristina Puente known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Adam Rowland known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • David Sjodin known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
  • Lee Tibbetts known as CG artist: Rushes Post Production
  • Alan Williamson known as visual effects data assistant: Rushes Post Production
  • Jez Tucker known as senior systems administrator: Rushes Post Production (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Canada 4 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 5 September 2008
  • Spain 5 September 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • UK 5 September 2008
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Greece 26 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • USA 8 October 2008 (limited)
  • Singapore 9 October 2008
  • Belgium 12 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Mexico 14 October 2008 (Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia)
  • Norway 16 October 2008 (Bergen International Film Festival)
  • Uruguay 17 October 2008 (Festival de Cine de Montevideo)
  • Netherlands 23 October 2008
  • Australia 30 October 2008
  • Italy 30 October 2008 (Rome Film Festival)
  • Brazil 31 October 2008
  • USA 31 October 2008
  • Belgium 19 November 2008
  • France 19 November 2008
  • Norway 24 November 2008 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • India 28 November 2008
  • Philippines 3 December 2008
  • Switzerland 3 December 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Greece 4 December 2008
  • Peru 4 December 2008
  • Colombia 5 December 2008
  • Norway 5 December 2008
  • Panama 5 December 2008
  • Argentina 9 December 2008 (Buenos Aires) (premiere)
  • Argentina 11 December 2008
  • Sweden 12 December 2008
  • Denmark 19 December 2008
  • Chile 25 December 2008
  • Venezuela 26 December 2008
  • Hungary 1 January 2009
  • Israel 1 January 2009
  • Portugal 1 January 2009
  • Spain 1 January 2009
  • Estonia 2 January 2009
  • Finland 2 January 2009
  • Latvia 2 January 2009
  • Iceland 9 January 2009
  • Mexico 9 January 2009
  • Croatia 22 January 2009
  • Kazakhstan 29 January 2009
  • Russia 29 January 2009
  • Japan 21 February 2009
  • Germany 19 March 2009
  • Austria 20 March 2009
  • Czech Republic 28 March 2009 (Febio Film Festival)
  • Romania 10 April 2009
  • Italy 24 April 2009
  • Poland 21 August 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language, violence, drug use and brief sexuality


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