This one-off TV play became the pilot episode of the British police series 'The Sweeney', and introduced the tough detective Jack Regan, whose hard, unconventional methods of detection bring him more trouble from his bosses than from criminals. Written by
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After Cowley is run over, there is a shot of his warrant card when a witness to the collision takes it from his pocket. The card says his name is "Alan Cowley". However in the later scene when Regan goes to break the news to Cowley's grandmother, Cowley is referred to as "Tom". See more
[Dale's henchmen are waiting for him to give the order to shoot Regan. Regan tells Dale that Carter would kill him in that case, but Dale calls his bluff
Det. Insp. Jack Regan
[to Dale's henchmen
We're the Sweeney! We kill him - nothing! You kill us - thirty years!
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