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(1978)

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Dennis Waterman once commented on the violence in the Sweeney shows whilst doing publicity for this film by saying: "It's certainly no more violent than the real Flying Squad. The stories that we hear from policemen that we know are terrifying. We don't introduce gratuitous violence, but it is, in real life, a violent job, and to pretend otherwise would be ridiculous".
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The picture launched in theaters in mid-1978 around just eighteen months after the first Sweeney! (1977) movie had debuted in early 1977.
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The term "Blagger" is frequently heard in the movie, it is a slang colloquial expression for "Bank Robber".
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Director Tom Clegg did not direct the first Sweeney! (1977) cinema movie but had directed since its inception many of the television episodes of the TV series The Sweeney (1975).
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Much of the movie was cast by the film's director Tom Clegg.
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The name of the Mediterranean island that the detectives traveled to was Malta.
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Neither this sequel Sweeney 2 (1978) cinema movie nor its prequel Sweeney! (1977) theatrical film had a title that conformed with its source TV series title, The Sweeney (1975), dropping the word "The" in both cases. It would not be until the remake movie The Sweeney (2012) was made that this would occur.
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Second and final "Sweeney" movie in what was to become a 1970s British two film franchise until the remake re-boot The Sweeney (2012).
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The movie's signature weapon was a gold-plated Purdey (James Purdey & Sons Limited) sawn-off shot-gun. The film was made and released around just four years after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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Final "Sweeney" movie until The Sweeney (2012), a remake of the first cinema Sweeney! (1977) picture, a gap of around thirty-four years.
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Actor John Thaw once said of this movie for the film's publicity: "The Sweeney really is your urban western. But the team - the cameramen and the director - are almost semi-documentary in style and therefore you get much more sense of reality than you would in a studio set-up. And we never work in a studio".
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Nigel Hawthorne played Dilke, a police superior character, who was the equivalent of the police superior character that had been played by Garfield Morgan in the television series, The Sweeney (1975).
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The name of the police unit was "The Flying Squad". This is in real life an actual police division. Wikipedia explain it as being "a branch of the Specialist Crime & Operations section, within London's Metropolitan Police Service. The Squad's purpose is to investigate commercial armed robberies, along with the prevention and investigation of other serious armed crime. Possibly one of the best known operations of the squad was their foiling of the Millennium Dome raid".
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The movie's signature stunt, the driving of a car through a shop-front window, or a "death defying car leap" as the publicity exclaimed, was filmed in one take with three cameras. The window was on a mezzanine floor, about ten feet (three meters) above the ground.
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Both this sequel and its precursor cinema movie Sweeney! (1977), spin-offs from its source TV cop series The Sweeney (1975), were both made and released whilst this TV show series was still being broadcast on television.
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The production shoot for this picture ran for five weeks.
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The movie was filmed during November and December 1977.
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The character of Jupp Denholm Elliott was based on disgraced Flying Squad commander Kenneth Drury.
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There was a big buzz excitement for the film's cast and crew about traveling to an exotic locale like Malta for some of the filming.
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Shooting in Malta, actor John Thaw would later return there for the filming of the Sherlock Holmes tele-movie The Sign of Four (1987).
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