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Director:
Writers:
Troy Kennedy-Martin (writer)
Ian Kennedy Martin (TV series The Sweeney)
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Release Date:
April 1978 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're back - tougher than ever!
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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(8 articles)
The Sweeney – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 15 September 2012, 4:04 PM, PDT)

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The times they are a-changin' See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan

Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter

Denholm Elliott ... Jupp

Ken Hutchison ... Hill
Anna Gaël ... Mrs. Hill (as Anna Gael)
Barry Stanton ... Big John
John Flanagan ... Willard
David Casey ... Goodyear

Derrick O'Connor ... Llewellyn
John Alkin ... Det. Sgt. Tom Daniels
James Warrior ... Det. Con. Jellyneck
Guy Standeven ... Logan - Bank Manager
Brian Gwaspari ... White
Frederick Treves ... McKyle
Johnny Shannon ... Harry - Villain
Clifford Kershaw ... Gloria's Father
Toby Salaman ... Doctor

Nigel Hawthorne ... Dilke
Lewis Fiander ... Gorran
Anna Nygh ... Shirley Hicks
Michael J. Jackson ... Soames
Lynn Dearth ... Mrs. White
Fiona Mollison ... Mrs. Haughton
Sarah Atkinson ... Mrs. Mead
John Lyons ... Mead
Brian Hall ... Haughton
Matthew Scurfield ... Jefferson
Gareth Milne ... Bank Teller
Sebastian Witkin ... Skateboarder
Hubert Rees ... Bank Manager
George Innes ... Pete Beale
Roddy McMillan ... Collie

Michael O'Hagan ... Doyle
Arthur Cox ... Detective
Georgina Hale ... Switchboard Girl

Patrick Malahide ... Major Conway
Max Mason ... SPG Constable
Frank Coda ... Commissionaire
Yvon Doval ... Mr. Mahmoun
Jim McManus ... Barman
John Vine ... PC
David Gillies ... PC
Seretta Wilson ... Girl
Diana Weston ... Air Hostess
George Mikell ... Superintendent
Marc Zuber ... Andy
Joe Zammit-Cardona ... Customs Official
Leon Lissek ... Cardona Alexandros
Marilyn Finlay ... School Teacher
Seymour Matthews ... Harry - Fingerprint Man
Stefan Gryff ... Nino
Michael Scholes ... Boy in Bed
Danny Rae ... Taxi Driver
Rosario Serrano ... Mrs. Konstantikis
Eamonn Jones ... Barman
Alan Ross ... Fiddler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Allen ... Bill the Driver (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Cop in Hotel Bar (uncredited)
Eric Kent ... Eric (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Clegg 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Troy Kennedy-Martin  writer
Ian Kennedy Martin  TV series The Sweeney

Produced by
Ted Childs .... producer
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer
George Taylor .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tony Hatch 
 
Cinematography by
Dusty Miller 
 
Film Editing by
Chris Burt 
 
Casting by
Marilyn Johnson 
 
Art Direction by
William Alexander 
 
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... makeup supervisor
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Laurie Greenwood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director
Christopher Newman .... third assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bert Gardner .... production buyer
Terry Parr .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Derek Rye .... sound mixer
Mike Silverlock .... boom operator
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Hugh Strain .... sound editor
Ian Toynton .... sound editor
Steve Hancock .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Arthur Beavis .... special effects
 
Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Borg .... electrician
John Maskall .... camera operator
John O'Donoghue .... supervising electrician
Douglas Webb .... still photographer (as Doug Webb)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Tony Hatch .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joy Bayley .... production assistant
Peter Harvey .... production accountant
Lily Poyser .... unit publicist
Mike Proudfoot .... follow focus
Stephen Pushkin .... location manager
Jack Quarrie .... technical advisor
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shooting in Malta, actor John Thaw would later return there for the filming of the Sherlock Holmes tele-movie The Sign of Four (1987) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Regan is talking to the telephone operator in the hotel where the bomb is being defused, one shot shows the mouthpiece of the operator's headset pointing correctly towards her mouth. However in the next shot from the opposite side, the mouthpiece is pointing in the wrong direction, away from her mouth.See more »
Quotes:
[Carter is asking a teacher to help identify people in a group photograph showing boys holding a trophy]
Det. Sgt. George Carter:D'you think we could trace that cup?
School Teacher:[sarcastically] Why not? The whole area's been demolished. The church school was pulled down ten years ago. I think you've as much chance of finding it as marrying a virgin.
[long pause]
Det. Sgt. George Carter:What's a virgin, miss?
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Movie Connections:
References All the President's Men (1976)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The times they are a-changin', 18 January 2004
Author: heedarmy from United Kingdom

When British cinema of the 70s is discussed, "Sweeney 2" rarely gets a mention. Yet it illustrates the changing times as vividly as many better-known films. The blazing action of "Sweeney!" is replaced by a thoughtful film that, although more low-key, is perhaps a more accurate reflection of the television series.

Regan and Carter are on the trail of a gang of bank-robbers who, from their idyllic base on Malta, occasionally return to Britain (a country they believe to be "finished") to carry out violent and well-planned raids. The men lead a luxurious communal lifestyle with their wives and children yet it is one financed by thrusting sawn-off shotguns into the faces of terrified bank cashiers and taking hostages (one of whom, a young woman, is killed in the raid that opens the film). They seem to symbolise the souring of the 60s dream.

Other details are equally telling. A young schoolteacher tells George Carter that she "doesn't like policemen". No longer does the force command widespread public respect. Regan's boss (the excellent Denholm Elliott) is facing imprisonment on corruption charges, reflecting the corruption trials that so stained the image of the Metropolitan Police in the 70s.

On their abortive trip to Malta to try to interview the men, Regan and Carter are plainly jealous and angry when they witness the lifestyle of their targets - a far cry from their grimy world of bacon sandwiches from burger vans and knees-ups down the local. But by the end of "Sweeney 2" and a year before Margaret Thatcher won power in Britain, it is the defiantly working-class coppers who have the last laugh, joined by their girlfriends for a boozy celebration - while the wives of the bank robbers prove less reliable.

Euston Films had a track record of producing high-quality television and (in this case) film. "Sweeney 2" fully confirms this. There are good supporting performances from Nigel Hawthorne, Lewis Fiander and Derrick O'Connor plus an exciting score by Tony Hatch. The action scenes, although lesser in number than in the first film, are superbly handled by one of the TV show's action specialists, director Tom Clegg.

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