Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Guy Ritchie
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures/Dark Castle
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

People ask a question.

What's a RocknRolla?

And I tell them it's not about drums,

drugs and hospital drips.

Oh, no.

There's more there than that,

my friend.

We all like a bit of the good life.

Some, the money.

Some, the drugs.

Others the sex game,

the glamour or the fame.

But a RocknRolla,

oh, he's different.


Because a real RocknRolla

wants the fucking lot.

My name's Archy,

formerly known as Archibald.

I work for a man called Lenny Cole.

And Lenny Cole has the keys

to the back door of this booming city.

Let me give you an example

of how Lenny works his magic.

Two years ago,

this property cost 1 million pounds.

Today, it costs 5 million.

How did this happen?

Attractive tax opportunities

for foreign investment...

...restrictive building consent

and massive hedge-fund bonuses.

London, my good man... fast becoming the financial

and cultural capital of the world.

London is on the rise.

Property value has gone one way: up.

And this has left the natives struggling

to keep a foothold in the property ladder.

I can't teach you how to skin a cat...

...but I can tell you a lot

about the money in bricks and mortar.

Like he said, it's going one way.

You need to see a lawyer.

We do need to see a lawyer.

Well, it looks like a great deal.

These are the plans.

It'll cost 10,

and it'll be worth 20 with planning.

But, first, you gotta give

the Councillor a drink.

Same deal as before.

I'll tell them they've got the planning.

Thank you, Councillor.

You'll get the planning.

Take care of the Councillor,

and it'll move like shit through a goose.

We need help.

Lenny Cole.

Dog number one.

Bet he moves fast

and likes bricks and mortar.

I do move fast,

and I love bricks and mortar.

Property's always a safe bet...

...but you gotta know what you're doing,

this ain't soft money.

Because of these boys'

criminal records...

...the bank won't lend them

the money they need.

Enter Mr. Lenny Cole...

...London's money-loaning

and fast-moving property magician.

Don't let me down, boys.

Come on, give me your hand.

And this is where he waves

his black magic wand.

Can't talk now,

but there's been a problem.

I can't get you the planning.

Sorry, boys, can't get the planning.

Oh, isn't that an unpleasant surprise.

Because they don't wanna owe Lenny.

He can't get the planning.

That's right, sweetheart.

Can't get the planning?

You've been fucked.

What do you mean

you can't get the fucking planning?

You owe me.

Right, I get the building,

you lose your share...

...and I'm still out of pocket

two large ones.

Find it.

They know they'll have to pay Lenny

before the month is out.

Because Mr. Cole has ways of making life

very, very uncomfortable.

We better find it.

What they don't know

is that Lenny controls the councilors...

...the judges and the lawyers.

No planning permission will be given

until Lenny wants it.

And now that he owns the building,

he wants the permission.

Hello, Councillor?


Yeah, I hear you got that car

you wanted.

You're very generous, Len.

Right, now, sort that planning out,

will you?

- Sorted, Lenny.

- Good.

What's wrong with you, Archy?

Was that not a bit strong, Len?

They come from the same place as you.

You're gonna clean them out.

The same place as me?

Do I look like a fucking immigrant?

No one gave me a leg up.

They need a little bit of fear,

otherwise, they'll come up against me.

They need a little lesson, don't they?

And that is an example

of how Lenny works.

Now, today is Lenny's big day.

He's hit the big time...

...because a new Russian billionaire

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Guy Ritchie

Guy Stuart Ritchie is an English filmmaker known for his crime films. He left secondary school and got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. He eventually graduated to directing commercials. more…

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