Cinema: Beyond Pulp Affliction

First-time director Guy Ritchie shows there's still wit and verve in the Tarantino tough-guy formula

The movie is about some guys who lose 500,000 [pounds] in a card game and have to come up with the money in a week, or they'll start losing fingers and other precious protuberances. And in a case of life imitating art, the guy making the movie--Guy Ritchie, that is, three days before shooting his first feature, the British crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels--found that the financing had fallen through, and he needed to raise dough pronto. Forget all the bad guys in the script; worry about some of the ex-cons cast in the film. "We had real...

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