Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen includes old school music to match the main characters’ collective style. Here’s every big song on the soundtrack.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, The Gentlemen includes old-school music to match the main characters’ collective style. Oscar-winning composer and mixer Christopher Benstead (Gravity) scores the crime thriller with numerous atmospheric tracks. But it’s the mainstream and independent genre music that punctuates key moments, both comedically and dramatically. The Gentlemen received a wide U.S. release on January 24, 2020.
The Gentlemen explores the power dynamics in London’s criminal underworld. Marijuana kingpin Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) contemplates retirement, and plans to sell his “location, staff, and technology” to an intellectual businessman named Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong). Meanwhile, up-and-coming gangster Dry Eye (Henry Golding) offends Mickey simply by making an offer. At the same time, investigative journalist Fletcher (Hugh Grant) watches from afar and plots a plan to earn 20 million quid. The Gentlemen’s storyline revolves around Fletcher’s story, as told to Mickey’s right-hand man Raymond (Charlie Hunnam), and whether or not one of the men is bluffing. The Gentlemen features supporting performances from Michelle Dockery, Colin Farrell, and Eddie Marsan.
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Unlike the typical mainstream action or comedy film, The Gentlemen’s narrative pacing doesn’t rely heavily on familiar billboard hits. Instead, well-placed tracks establish a specific vibe, which is then underlined by Benstead’s score. However, the film is still bookended by a bit of rock ‘n’ roll, which will undoubtedly make some moviegoers curious about adding the selected tracks to personal playlists. Here’s every song in The Gentlemen.
The Full Gentleman Soundtrack Including Every Song And Artist
“Cumberland Gap” – David Rawlings
“Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream
“Vitamin C” – Can
“Count Your Blessings” – Mattiel
“The Snake” – Johnny Rivers
“Bush” – Bugzy Malone”
“In Every Dream Home a Heartache” – Roxy Music
“Oh Shit” – The Pharcyde
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” – El Michels Affair
“Brothers on the Slide” – Cymande
“Free Me” – Paul Jones
“That’s Entertainment” – The Jam
The Gentlemen opens with “Cumberland Gap” as Mickey delivers a “King of the Jungle” monologue. Soon after, “Vitamin C” plays during the introduction of Mickey’s wife, Rosalind (Dockery), a trippy song that has previously been used in both Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos). When Mickey’s underground location is raided in The Gentlemen, “Bush” plays while the artist himself, Bugzy Malone, performs in a meta YouTube clip as the character Ernie.
During a chase scene featuring Raymond, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (originally recorded by Ol’ Dirty Bastard) is heard, and continues on during a dramatic machine gun sequence. When all seems lost for Mickey in a climactic moment, “Free Me” captures the character’s frame of mind. The Gentlemen ends with “That’s Entertainment,” a fitting track given the narrative implications.
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The Gentlemen’s Netflix Series Adaptation Is In Talks
As of now, Netflix is negotiating a deal with Guy Ritchie to make a TV series expanding The Gentlemen’s story and its universe. The script for the pilot has been completed, written by Guy Ritchie himself, which is apt given that he also wrote the movie. It’s unclear whether The Gentlemen TV show is going to be a sequel or a reboot, but it’s much more likely that it will be a reboot. Ritchie, who also wrote for the series Lock, Stock…, initially pitched the movie as a TV series, but studios decided to take his, Ivan Atkinson’s, and Marn Davies’ story to the big screen. The original film featured an incredible cast, with Matthew McConaughey in the lead and a colorful Hugh Grant performance stealing every scene. None of the cast has confirmed nor denied appearing in the television series, but if the show is a reboot, then it will most likely be recast. Plus, Colin Farrell is slated to appear in The Batman’s Penguin show for HBO Max, so his schedule is pretty full. Either way, The Gentlemen TV series is sure to follow the intricate plot threads introduced in the movie, giving people a fuller experience.
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