MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,685 this week

The Sweeper (1996)

Video  -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  25 June 1996 (USA)
4.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 298 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) (as Jacobsen Hart) , 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 377 titles
created 12 Oct 2011
 
a list of 1933 titles
created 21 May 2013
 
a list of 94 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 1193 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Sweeper" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Sweeper (Video 1996)

The Sweeper (Video 1996) on IMDb 4.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Sweeper.

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

Jack David (Pare) is a tough, outspoken cop who finds himself wrongly accused for the death of a fellow agent by the depraved and power hungry chief of Miami Customs, Martin Cullen (Ian ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Misiorowski
Stars: Michael Paré, Barbara Carrera, Michael Ironside
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A stunt driver (Michael Madsen) heading for prison on a minor charge is freed against his will by a terrorist gang. Then by kidnapping his wife, he is forced to drive a getaway car in a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Merhi
Stars: Michael Madsen, Roy Scheider, Keith David
Prey of the Jaguar (Video 1996)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A cop trains in martial arts to become a superhero to go after the killers of his wife and son.

Director: David DeCoteau
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Stacy Keach, Linda Blair
Last Man Standing (Video 1995)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Cop finds himself caught between an organzed crime gang and a ring of crooked cops.

Director: Joseph Merhi
Stars: Jeff Wincott, Jillian McWhirter, Jonathan Fuller
Hourglass (Video 1995)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A business executive gets mixed up with a killer female and her lesbian roommate, who plot to take over his fashion business.

Director: C. Thomas Howell
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Sofia Shinas, Anthony Clark
Drama | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A counterterrorism specialist is assigned by the President to track down a terrorist who is suspected of planning to set off a nuclear device in the U.S.

Director: Eric Norris
Stars: Chuck Norris, Judson Mills, Jennifer Tung
Curiosity Kills (TV Movie 1990)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A janitor suspects that the man who bought his dead friend's apartment might have something to do with the said friend's death.

Director: Colin Bucksey
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Courteney Cox
Logan's War: Bound by Honor (TV Movie 1998)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An Army Ranger infiltrates a mob family by posing as a hit man. In conjunction with his uncle, they are plotting revenge against the killers who murdered his entire family when he was young.

Director: Michael Preece
Stars: Eddie Cibrian, Chuck Norris, Joe Spano
The President's Man (TV Movie 2000)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A U.S. president's highly classified secret agent must find a fearless replacement to take over his extremely dangerous military missions.

Directors: Eric Norris, Michael Preece
Stars: Chuck Norris, Dylan Neal, Jennifer Tung
Jailbait (Video 1993)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

17 year old Kyle comes to the big city in search of her half-sister Merci. Merci is on the run after being used to set up a murder. The police and the killers both want her. Kyle ends up on... See full summary »

Director: Rafal Zielinski
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Renée Humphrey, Krista Errickson
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

An American army intelligence officer discovers corruption and murder by American soldiers in Vietnam.

Director: Terry Cunningham
Stars: Antonio Sabato Jr., Fred Ward, Kelly Rutherford
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

This is a story of a woman, amid in her sorrow, seeking for vengeance... In the town of Osaka, a serial murder targeting the Japanese mafia - kurosawa kai - members has occurred. According ... See full summary »

Director: Tôru Ichikawa
Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shingo Fukushima, Tatsuya Gashûin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mark Goddard
...
...
...
Rachel Gill
...
Melissa
Felton Perry ...
Foster
...
Young Mark
...
Diane
Kathrin Middleton ...
Amy (as Kathrin Lautner)
Mark Knudsen ...
Molls' Stepfather
...
Richman
Jim O'Malley ...
Sean
Jon Ingrassia ...
Marsh
...
Grubb
...
Jeremiah Pope
Edit

Storyline

A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is recruited by a vigilante group with a leader (Ed Lauter) who wants only to kill all criminals and those associated with them. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

JUSTICE NOW without the constraints of the legal system

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con su propia justicia  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was 'Max Slade''s (Young Mark) final movie before he went off to pursue a career as a rock star. See more »

Quotes

Sean: You want to be a cop like daddy?
Young Mark: Shit, yeah!
Dale Goddard: Watch your mouth, Mark.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Shattered Lies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hard Luck
Written by Stephen Boyd and Chuck Hoover
Published by MediaScore (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Now this is an action movie!
30 August 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I was quite skeptical when I picked this up off of the shelf at the video store. This film (about which I have heard nothing before) was probably a direct-to-video release from a no name movie director and producer with a lead actor who isn't that well know. I have seen my share of cheesy low budget action movies before and they can be quite entertaining for how dumb they are. Take some Steven Seagal movies recently: they are embarrassingly bad but if you want to watch a crappy movie and get a laugh they are great.

I approached this movie with that very attitude only to be totally surprised by the all out action scenes and some remarkably awesome car chases. From the intro to the final scene this movie just rolls along with shootouts, chases, and of course, obligatory B-movie sex. What's more is that the action is better than most big-budget, star-laden productions, because the action here is just action, not so much obvious choreography, but s**t blowing up! Cars flipping over! One pistol in each hand and too much ammo! Guys flying back with bloody squibs bursting! Of course the action was, in fact, choreographed, but that factor is much less in your face then say... a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Bad Boys 2 had a $130 million budget, 2 big stars, other known actors, a big director, and probably Hollywoods current most powerful, money-loaded producer (who has, in fact, made some good films), but that all didn't stop Bad Boys 2 from being a glamorous over done mess. An example from the other end of the spectrum would be Alone in the Dark. That film didn't have an astronomical budget ($20 million) but it was still to glammy and the effects seemed to be there just to show them off. And, in the end, the film was generally hated and now owns a very special spot on the IMDb bottom 100.

The Sweeper is not like that in anyway and, as far as mainstream action films go, it is more like Ronin. Though I must say Ronin is better than The Sweeper, as the story aspect in it is much better. Here the story is pretty much an excuse for all action, but if you want to watch an action film, will you really complain? Entertainment doesn't have to be story perfect. And both Ronin and The Sweeper spare the viewer the "big and overdone" aspect that Jerry Bruckheimer and his good friend Michael Bay love to specialize in. Also, ironically, Ronin didn't fare that well at the US box office despite having respectable actors and good director, because people just want fun and glam too much. I guess truly good action films are like heavy metal: everyone knows they exist, but other forms of the same thing dominate the charts. And both have their own loyal audience. 8/10

Rated R: violence and profanity


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did I watch the same movie? Purplepash
Discuss The Sweeper (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?