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on March 15, 2002
Snatch is a fast-paced gangster thriller from England. Like many such British films, it is equal parts drama and black comedy. Our friends in the UK may take crime seriously, but they can't bring themselves to do the same with criminals. Perhaps there is a lesson for us there. I thoroughly enjoyed Snatch, but I must warn you that the accents can sometimes be hard to understand. The one used by Brad Pitt is intentionally indecipherable. Fortunately, I watched the DVD version, which has an option that puts subtitles on the screen whenever Mt. Pitt speaks. The video edition does not have this feature, but that doesn't matter too much. His dazzling performance is entirely physical in nature, so what does it matter what he has to say? The other characters don't understand him either.
The movie was directed by Michael Ritchie, who is probably better known to Americans as Madonna's husband. His first picture, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was also about psycho bad guys; in fact, Snatch is so similar to it that it is practically a sequel. The characters are different, but many of the same actors appear in both movies. Both films also share Ritchie's frenetic, stylish editing, as well as his fascination with lowlifes.
The plot is so complicated that describing it is difficult. I had little problem following it, but several reviewers admitted to getting completely lost. Basically, the story is about a huge diamond that gets stolen from a jewelry company in Amsterdam. It bounces from one group of criminals to the next, and, of course, everybody wants to get their hands on it at any cost. Meanwhile, a boxing promoter is having a very difficult time with a vile, ruthless gang boss who is demanding that he fix a fight. This is where Brad Pitt's character, One Punch Mickey, comes in. He is part of a band of gypsies [thus, the accent] who are the trickiest double-dealing folks you are every likely to see. Soon, everyone is merrily out to get everyone else.
The characters all have names straight out of a Damon Runyon story - Frankie Four Fingers, Bullet Tooth, Boris the Blade, Turkish and Brick Top are some of them. I think the names alone are enough of a clue that the movie is not to be taken seriously. One problem some viewers will have with it is that there are two or three times as many characters than in most movies. Keeping up with them can be a challenge.
Snatch should prove to be great fun for those who love for a movie to be fast and innovative. For those who like them to be cool, calm and collected, another choice of movies is recommended.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon June 29, 2007
What a follow-up to "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels!" It's the closest thing to a sequel without being one. Some say that "Snatch" is a poor follow up of Ritchie's first film, I say that this is an improvement on his signature style, an aggressive and a supercharged 21-gun salute to Britain film/filmmakers. The deftness displayed in this writer/director's pacing and editing is at times electrifying and sometimes simply beautiful. The soundtrack is not only superb and includes one of my personal favorite bands, Oasis, and is used to great comic effect as an poignant accompaniment to certain scenes.

In the vein of Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, and Fight Club, Snatch is a gritty dance with the criminal element, revolving around a stolen 86-karat diamond that any good crook would give his right arm for. (And in one case, I mean that literally.)After a boggling series of double-crosses, triple-crosses, and multi-crosses, Snatch becomes a game of who will end up with the gem -- and how will they get it? Ritchie keeps us guessing at every turn, with Russians hiring mercenary crooks to steal the jewel, hit men sent to kill the mercenaries, mobsters trying to outwit the hit men, Jewish jewelers scheming to undermine the mobsters, a crazed bare-knuckled boxer looking for his payday despite the chaos, and one dog who's lost his bark.

And every one of these stories is hilarious.

Vinnie Jones as Bullet Tooth Tony, a hunter/assassin who chills his prey with deadly stares; Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) is caught-in-the-middle robber/gambling addict; Dennis Farina, a stressed jeweler who can never catch a break; or any of two dozen other apt actors who fully own their roles. In the end, though, you have to give a hand to Brad Pitt, still buff from Fight Club, as a slur-mouthed Gypsy boxer who always manages to get one step ahead of the crowd.

"Snatch" is great. There are some funny lines, and some of the violence is quite inventive. Several times in this movie I was reminded of the "strange occurrences" theme seen in Magnolia. I wholeheartedly recommend this film if you haven't already snatch it.
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on September 4, 2003
Guy Ritchie's "Snatch" repeats the basic blueprint of his previous film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." The genre is the same, the setting is the same, the tone is the same, and some of the actors are the same. Yet "Snatch" still manages to stand on its own by being a smoother and slicker production that its predecessor. And having Brad Pitt on board this time around certainly helps the film carve out its own identity.
Once again mayhem and mishaps help to mar a criminal scheme. Frankie Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) steals a diamond which attracts the attention of Boris the Blade (Rade Sherbedgia) and Avi (Dennis Farina) who each want the diamond for himself. In the meantime, a gypsy (Pitt) who excels in the bare knuckle boxing department, but who is somewhat less refined in his verbal skills is recruited for a fight. Through a series of twists and turns, the fate of the diamond hunters and the gypsy boxer become intertwined and story twists ensue that would have been right at home in a screwball comedy - if not for the high body count.
What separates Ritchie's gangster flicks from those of his contemporaries is the combination of sassy wit and energy embodied in both his characters and the situations they find themselves in. Oftentimes "Snatch" strays perilously close to being too outrageous for its own good but it always manages to not cross the line into satire. Pitt gives one of his more underappreciated performances of the last few years and makes you realize just how useful the subtitle function is for DVD films. His gypsy boxer is a pure manifestation of all the zaniness that this film contains. Here's hoping that Ritchie can expand into other types of film genres in the future instead of continuing to compose variations on a theme. For the time being though, if you find yourself in the mood for an off-kilter crime caper, then "Snatch" is the film for you.
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on September 19, 2002
Dark humor.
That by itself is enough to justify this movie. It is beyond well-made; whoever did the technical work on this movie deserved major recognition. The music/sound effects are simply stunning (and funny.) It is funny (as in, a horrible pain will be taking over your sides and you will loose your breath) and interesting. There is not one dull moment in this entire movie, there is always something going on.
The only thing (and another reason to buy it) is that you will need to watch it a few times to get the full effect of the movie. But, after you see it, you will need to repeat the process a few times. If you have friends (you better know them well), this is a great way to kill time, as it is better to watch it in a group.
Buy it and enjoy!
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on October 6, 2006
This is one hell of a fine film. For the 95% English cast of (then) unknowens, they really made this movie work. Guy Ritchie did a fantastic job of writing this film. The music fits the movie so well and the over all mood of the film is quite good. This is one film that I can watch over and over again. The basic story in this is a man named Franky Four Fingers steals a huge dimond from Russia and flys to London to unload it. From there the Russians Franky worked with there to set him up in London with someone who is going to steal the dimond from Franky. Well this is happening an unliscened boxing manger is trying to get buy a caravan off of the English Pikies. Needless to say the deal goes all bad and then everyone's paths start to connect. It's a very good film and you should go buy it if you like great stories, mob/gangtser movies, comdies (because even thou it wasn't meant to be funny, it comes off as dark humour) then this is the movie for you.
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on January 5, 2006
This movie is wonderful blend of comical and sinister characters, set in the seamy British gangster scene, who get caught up in a diamond heist. The plot involves illegal bare knuckle boxing contests, shady Jewish diamond dealers and gangland-style murders. Probably Brad Pitt's best role ever as the unintelligible Gipsy, Mickey, who gets involved because of his two-fisted talents. Fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns ... Snatch is one of the funniest and most entertaining movies to come along in a long time. If you like British humor, you will love this. Good cast also includes Dennis Farina as very funny American tough-guy and Benico Del Toro. The movie is great follow-on to the also-entertaining Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, with many of the same hilarious cast.
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on July 21, 2003
Snatch is one of the best DVD's I have and a true Must Have DVD for a Movie buff or guy movie junkie.Snatch's story is one of the best I've seen in years,It gets a little confusing but pays for itself in the end.
The best characters in the film are Mickey,Tyrone,Turkish,and Turkish's partner Tommy. But the character that steals the show is the Dog (you'll see him a lot).
The Boxing scenes are some of the best I've ever seen and are some of the best ever on film.These are great and suspenseful and funny in some parts.
Also you may want to watch the DVD with the subtitles on to understand what the Pikeys are saying especially Brad Pitt's character Mickey.
Some of the best scenes have to do with the Pikeys. Watch closely because they are hard to understand.
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on March 23, 2007
This movie is amazing. It has great dark humour, some great characters, and a great plot line. It is also loaded with tons of great actors: Brad Pitt (who has an excellent accent in this movie), Bencio Del Toro (my favourite Mexican actor), Jason Strathman, and a host of other British actors I don't know. It may be the best crime movie I've ever seen. It definitely makes the top five of my all time favorite films.

But don't take my word for it, look at all the other reviews for it. Usually when there are over 200 people rating an item on this site it means that lots of people feel strongly about it. So don't just believe me believe the 200+ people who gave this a 4 1/2 star rating.

This is amazing movie and if you don't buy it at least rent it.
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on June 20, 2003
Sorry, I don't agree at all with the editorial review. This film keeps one's attention glued to it as the various story lines and characters interact. I found this movie not only to be action packed, but hilariously so. While Brad Pitt is genius in the role of a gypsy bare-knuckle fighter, Jason Statham, with poker faced portrayal of a illegal fight promoter is his best role yet. He makes you laugh with his slightly sarcastic remarks and his seeming confusion about just how he got himself mixed up with this crazy gypsy and the most dangerous fight promoter by the name of Brick Top who has an unhealthy affinity for pigs. I never tire of watching this movie and find myself laughing each time I do. I highly recommend this movie to all those who like action and humor.
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on January 14, 2006
The boxset itself is cool. The added toys make it fun if you haven't purchased a copy of the DVD. However, there is a mistake on the DVD. It lists Audio Commentary however this is not true. They are missing from the disc...however not all is lost. The reason they are missing is because the DVD that is included is the Superbit edition (at least in mine it was) which includes a very high quality transfer, that had to ommit the commentary due to the extra space required.
Like I mentioned, great if you haven't bought the DVD yet, but the toys do not warrent buying it again.
Also, look for the hidden features on the second disc...there is some pure gold in there!
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