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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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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 16 August 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Overly long but true to the period and genre 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)

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Trivia:
Second and final "Sweeney" movie in what was to become a 1970s British two film franchise until the remake re-boot The Sweeney (2012).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:
[to relieve the boredom during a stakeout, Llewellyn is watching busty young women walk past]
Llewellyn:Oooh. Look at that. Shouldn't be allowed. Fancy showing out in weather like this. Look, there's another one. Why does her mum give her a raincoat?
Det. Insp. Jack Regan:Why don't you belt up?
Llewellyn:It's a combination of nerves and smoking too much - I get this hard-on like a milk-bottle.
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Overly long but true to the period and genre, 1 December 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Before he was taking down on corruption charges, Judd had assigned DI Regan the case of a gang of bank robbers. With Judd out of the picture, the Flying Squad keep the case as a mark of respect – just as the robberies become more violent than ever, with the latest getaway leaving a trial of bodies in their wake. With precious few leads, Regan and his team get to work, all too aware that it is only a matter of time before the gang strike again.

In a way Life on Mars has helped and hindered The Sweeney for viewers looking back on it with little knowledge of it the first time around. I was far too young for the series when it was aired and never bothered with it when it was repeated later in our multichannel world. Life on Mars has affectionately referenced the world of The Sweeney and this has meant that, although I am now aware of the genre, I'm also less likely to take it as seriously as it was intended. However watching this film it is evident that The Sweeney didn't take itself too seriously either and it appears to be enjoying its 70's excess and tough non-PC characters just as much as Life on Mars did. The air of humour is obvious but it doesn't take away from the tough tone that the majority has to it.

Of course this is not to say that the film itself is much cop and personally I didn't think much of it once the fun retro novelty of the film had worn off. The plot is a bit too thin to stretch to the feature-length running time and the strain does show at many points. This also means that it moves too slowly at times and loses the sense of urgency that it has in its better moments. The cast offer little but the touch male of the period. Looking back it is odd to see Thaw, Waterman, Elliott, Hawthorne and others in this type of role but, within the context of this film, they do enough to carry it.

Like my fellow reviewer Theo already said though, at least it does seem to be common with the original tone of the series, for better or worse. The novelty value got me into it and the touches of humour and tough style were more or less sufficient to make it entertaining, but regardless it is what it is.

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