MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,995 this week

Sweeney! (1977)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  January 1977 (UK)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 536 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 6 critic

Cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series. Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (based on "The Sweeney" created by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 44 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 386 titles
created 15 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Sweeney!" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sweeney! (1977)

Sweeney! (1977) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sweeney!.
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Minder (1979–1994)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman
Sweeney 2 (1978)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Second cinematic spin-off from the popular 70's police series. Regan & Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Denholm Elliott
The Sweeney (1975–1978)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
Goodnight, Mister Tom (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A shy and quiet WWII evacuee is housed by a disgruntled old man, but they soon develop a close friendship.

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion
The Professionals (1977–1983)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

This series chronicled the lives of Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley. The mandate of CI5 was to fight terrorism ... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins
Special Branch (1969–1974)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Derren Nesbitt, George Sewell, Morris Perry
New Tricks (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong
Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Norman Cohen
Stars: Robin Askwith, Nigel Davenport, George Layton
Riding High (1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ross Cramer
Stars: Eddie Kidd, Irene Handl, Murray Salem
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Jamie McCoan
Stars: James Grout, John Thaw, Kevin Whately
Redcap (1964–1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The cases & adventures of tough Sergeant John Mann, officer of Her Majesty's Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch.

Stars: John Thaw, Keith Barron, David Battley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Elliott McQueen
...
Charles Baker
Colin Welland ...
Frank Chadwick
Diane Keen ...
Bianca Hamilton
Michael Coles ...
Johnson
Joe Melia ...
Ronnie Brent
Brian Glover ...
Mac
Lynda Bellingham ...
Janice Wyatt
Morris Perry ...
Flying Squad Cdr. Maynon
Paul Angelis ...
Secret Serviceman
...
D.S. Burtonshaw
John Alkin ...
...
Matthews
Edit

Storyline

Cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series. Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge and suspended from the force, with his partner and best mate George Carter unable to help, Jack must rely on his wits to evade deadly government hitmen and expose the real villain of the piece. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The roughest, toughest men from London's greatest crime squad smash their way onto the big screen!


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1977 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deckname Sweeny  »

Box Office

Budget:

£130,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the police unit was "The Flying Squad". This is in real life an actual police division. Wikipedia explain it as being "a branch of the Specialist Crime & Operations section, within London's Metropolitan Police Service. The Squad's purpose is to investigate commercial armed robberies, along with the prevention and investigation of other serious armed crime. Possibly one of the best known operations of the squad was their foiling of the Millennium Dome raid". See more »

Quotes

Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Stan Morris? Leave it aht! He couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.
See more »

Connections

Follows The Sweeney (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

That's What Friends Are For
(uncredited)
Music by Alan Parker
Lyrics by Madeline Bell
Themes International Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good but with a few plot holes
7 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

People have often speculated about George's behaviour in the last scene of this film, and wondered why he reacted as he did. I watched this again recently and noticed that after McQueen breaks free of his arresting officers, as he runs onto the bridge he shouts 'Johnson' as if he is almost inviting the smiling assassin to take him out. Johnson and his mob duly oblige. It's almost as if he knew it was going to happen. It's possible also that they would have killed McQueen even had he not escaped, since the chap who stripped Lynda Bellingham at the start was also present, pretending to be a road sweeper. Why? Were the going to murder McQueen, or try and free him? Who knows.

I've often found the end of this film confusing, and George's reaction is a surprise. Why would anyone be so upset about the death of someone as wicked and nasty as McQueen? Also, with reference to the aforementioned LB, surely even someone as ditsy as Janice Wyatt would have smelt a bit of a rat being coaxed into a hotel room and made to record specific references to Charles Baker and 'going to sleep' before being murdered by lethal injection. What was she told they needed that for? I think it's a bit far fetched to expect anyone to actually do this with no explanation, and none is never offered on screen. I agree with another posting however that the murder scene is surprisingly effective, and Janice certainly looks dead pretty quickly after being given a forced overdose. On the DVD Lynda Bellingham states that she was actually injected with distilled water, and had they caught a vein she might well have gone the same way as her character.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
George in the last scene richard-rai
Special Branch Michael-Farrell-639-147639
influence thiselemental
Who plays 'Tinkerbell' davebah
Discuss Sweeney! (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?