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The Sweeney – review

15 September 2012 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This is the first big-screen version of the classic 1970s cop series since the highly efficient 1978 Sweeney 2 in which John Thaw and Dennis Waterman reprised their TV roles as the boozy, violent Flying Squad Inspector Jack Regan (very obviously a British "Dirty" Harry Callahan) and his dedicated sidekick George Carter. In Love's pretty ordinary updating, Ray Winstone's overweight, fascistic Regan makes Thaw's original look like Lord Peter Wimsey, while rapper Ben Drew (alias Plan B) is a pale copy of Waterman's Carter. The plotting is weak with paid-for informants replacing any kind of investigation. There is a spectacularly staged, if ultimately absurd gunfight and chase following a bank robbery in Trafalgar Square that is superior to anything I recall from the TV series or the other theatrical spin-offs.

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- Philip French

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A movie version of Dad's Army?

16 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Is The Watch just a movie version of Dad's Army?

16 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You may find the new Ben Stiller movie The Watch strangely familiar. But that's not necessarily a good thing

You might be forgiven for thinking that you've seen The Watch before. Not because Ben Stiller's character is the same uptight blowhard that he has played in everything for the past 15 years, or because Richard Ayoade is basically just Moss from The It Crowd again, or because Vince Vaughn remains content to sit back and bibble out the same directionless patter that has been his stock in trade for what seems like centuries.

No. The reason is because, once you've scraped away all the sex jokes and clanging Costco product placement, you're basically left with Dad's Army. Both are essentially stories about a group of ill-prepared middle-aged incompetents trying to escape the monotony of their day-to-day lives by fudging together a defence against an enemy they don't fully understand. With The Watch, »

- Stuart Heritage

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Frederick Treves obituary

3 February 2012 11:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A familiar face on stage and screen, he often played authority figures

In an acting career that lasted for well over half a century, Frederick Treves, who has died aged 86, specialised in playing men in positions of authority – senior police officers, peers, admirals, colonels and scientists. He was a tall man with a heavily jowled, amiable face, a hawk-like profile and a patrician bearing. A regular National Theatre player, he supported many television dramas, including The Regiment (1973), a BBC series set in India; Destiny, David Edgar's 1978 Play for Today; The Jewel in the Crown (1984); The Invisible Man (1984); Poirot (1991); Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1997); and The Rector's Wife (1994). In all of these disparate productions, he played a colonel.

Treves was the great-nephew of Sir Frederick Treves, the surgeon who rescued Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man" (he also had a role as an alderman in David Lynch's 1980 film about the case). He was born in Margate, »

- Gavin Gaughan

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