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Guy Ritchie

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Guy Ritchie (born September 10, 1968) is a British film director. He dropped out of school at 15 (he is dyslexic), but went on to become an accomplished music video and film director.

Ritchie directed a film in 1995 titled The Hard Case. His first truly successful feature was Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998. Recalling Quentin Tarantino, The Sting and The Italian Job in equal measure, the film was widely praised for its wit. It also introduced actor Jason Statham to worldwide audiences, and set former footballer Vinnie Jones onto a new career as a film actor.

He followed that up with Snatch in 2000, another caper comedy, this time backed by a major studio. Its cast featured such Hollywood big names as Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, and Dennis Farina. Reviews were also strong for this film.

He married Madonna on December 22 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland, and they have one child together. They are both ardent devotees of the controversial quasi-mystical Kabbalah Centre and donate much money and time to practicing and spreading its teachings. Following his marriage to Madonna, Ritchie then began focusing his filmmaking around his famous wife, directing her in both a music video (for the song "What It Feels Like for a Girl," a controversial video that showed Madonna engaging in such senselessly violent acts as running people down with a car) and a short film, "Star", for the popular BMW films series. Ritchie's next feature, also a vehicle for Madonna, was a remake of the 1960s Lina Wertmller hit Swept Away. Unfortunately, it was both a critical and commercial disaster that cast a cloud over Ritchie's filmmaking career.

Ritchie's next announced project was originally a Vegas-themed heist film entitled Revolver, which he angled to concentrate on the Civil War drama Six Shooters, in which four Union soldiers try to steal the gold reserves that Confederate President Jefferson Davis loaded onto trains during the siege of Richmond.

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