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Release Date:
January 1977 (UK) See more »
The roughest, toughest men from London's greatest crime squad smash their way onto the big screen!
Cinematic spin-off from the popular TV series. Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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:
Lewis Alexander ... McQueen Party Guest (uncredited)
Tony Allen ... Bill the Driver (uncredited)
Del Baker ... Johnson's Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Wages Security Guard (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... Oil Conference Executive (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Man at Hotel (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... McQueen Party Guest (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
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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89 min | 97 min (DVD)
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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?

According to Wikipedia, "The film followed fairly closely the events of the Profumo Scandal which had rocked British politics more than a decade before, though with a much more violent premise. The film was also notable concerning the topical subject of energy and oil usage, a major international issue at the time the film was made".See more »
Bianca Hamilton:I'm a whore - that's what I am!See more »
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Sweet as a nut, guvnor, 18 September 2004
Author: Oct ( from London, England

"Sweeney!" was one of the innumerable TV spin-offs which kept the British film business perilously afloat in the 1970s. For once this low-budget work did not spring from a sitcom but from Britain's best ever cop show, which made "Starsky and Hutch" look like "Sesame Street" with its relentless violence and raucous backchat. ("Sweeney Todd", it should be explained , is London rhyming slang for the Flying Squad, an elite detective unit of the Metropolitan Police.)

Jack Regan and his sidekick George Carter here find themselves out of their depth with a bigger budget and canvas than on the boob tube: they get "webbed up"in an international conspiracy to lower, or raise, or something, oil prices. A suave Energy Minister is too fond of the high-class "brasses" furnished by his American PR agent. He is blackmailed, with multiple-murderous consequences and mucho ketchup.

In some ways this is very much a 1970s period piece: flared trousers, two-tone grey telephones and no computers, police who drink and smoke heroically, ugly lowlifes, hideous pubs, tyre abuse, shootouts in junkyards and an overall grey, downbeat atmosphere which is a far cry from the Swinging London of Hollywood England in the previous decade. "Sweeney" was conceived at the moment of maximum crisis when OPEC was holding the industrialised nations to ransom, inflation was the highest for 60 years and trade unionists and militant socialists seemed poised to seize power in Blighty.

True, a red double-decker bus figures during one chase, but the film makes concessions to mid-Atlanticism neither in casting, nor by moderating the constant Cockney badinage ("leave it aht!", "you wot?", "shut it!", "dull it isn't" (mocking a Met recruitment slogan)) nor by glamourising its high-life scenes. Also carried over from the series is the endless friction between different law enforcers: Regan clashes not only with his superior but with the security services and Special Branch, the Met's anti-subversion arm. Typically, he cocks up the operation to snatch the PRO and bring him to justice. Regan is no superhero.

Contrary to what others have posted, I find Foster's accent and manner all too convincing, and his performance incisive. The theme of politicians being corrupted by their spin doctors remains fresh. Ian Bannen as the blackmailed MP looks and has a role not unlike Robert Vaughn's. Thaw and Waterman are the same crumpled reprobates as on the small screen, but the plot makes too little of their partnership; Regan is suspended and lone-wolfing it for much of the running time.

No doubt the best of "The Sweeney" was on TV, but this is a fair-value distillation and introduction. It makes the mockney gangster movies of Mr Madonna and his posse look pathetic. "Up yours, sunshine!"

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