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Director:
Writers:
Ranald Graham (screenplay)
Ian Kennedy Martin (based on "The Sweeney" created by)
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Release Date:
January 1977 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The roughest, toughest men from London's greatest crime squad smash their way onto the big screen!
Plot:
Cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series. Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Good but with a few plot holes See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Thaw ... D.I. Jack Regan

Dennis Waterman ... D.S. George Carter

Barry Foster ... Elliott McQueen

Ian Bannen ... 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

Nick Brimble ... D.S. Burtonshaw
John Alkin ... D.S. Tom Daniels

Bernard Kay ... Matthews
Antony Scott ... Johnson's Henchman
Anthony Brown ... Murder Inquiry Supt.
John Oxley ... Chadwick's Deputy Editor
Peggy Aitchison ... Carter's Neighbour
Hal Jeayes ... Manservant
Sally Osborne ... Sally

John Kane ... Special Branch Sgt.
Chris Dillinger ... Johnson's Henchman
Peter Childs ... Murder Inquiry Insp.
Alan Mitchell ... Detective Insp.
Leonard Kavanagh ... Pathologist
Anthony Woodruff ... Coroner
Michael Latimer ... P.P.S.
Matthew Long ... Traffic Police Sgt.
Joyce Grant ... McQueen's Secretary
Johnny Shannon ... Scotland Yard Duty Sgt.
David Corti ... Young Boy
Susan Skipper ... Chadwick's Secretary

Nadim Sawalha ... Chairman of the Oil Producers' Conference
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Allen ... Bill the Driver (uncredited)
Del Baker ... Johnson's Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Wages Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
David Wickes 
 
Writing credits
Ranald Graham (screenplay)

Ian Kennedy Martin (based on "The Sweeney" created by)

Produced by
Ted Childs .... producer
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer
George Taylor .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Denis King 
 
Cinematography by
Dusty Miller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chris Burt 
 
Casting by
Marilyn Johnson 
 
Art Direction by
William Alexander  (as Bill Alexander)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Morris .... makeup artist
Mary Sturgess .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Roger Bowles .... assistant art director
Bert Gardner .... production buyer
 
Sound Department
Tony Dawe .... sound mixer
Mike Silverlock .... boom operator
Clive Smith .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Arthur Beavis .... special effects
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman G. Langley .... second unit cameraman (as Norman Langley)
John Maskall .... camera operator
John O'Donoghue .... chief electrician
Mike Proudfoot .... follow focus
Douglas Webb .... stillsman (as Doug Webb)
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Denis King .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joy Bayley .... production assistant
Peter Harvey .... production accountant
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
89 min | 97 min (DVD)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Norway:18 (video rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1991) (2003) (2007)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Garfield Morgan was asked to play Haskins again as he had done in the TV series but rejected the project as he felt the role was too small. In the end, Haskins became Matthews and Bernard Kay was cast instead.See more »
Quotes:
Det. Insp. Jack Regan:Remember, no guns unless they use 'em.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Unforgettable John Thaw (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Queen WaspSee more »

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good but with a few plot holes, 7 February 2010
Author: captainhowdy1967 from United Kingdom

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.

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