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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 August 2003 (USA)
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An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

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Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
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Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
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Agent Hauser
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Storyline

Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. Written by John Wiggins

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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8 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,062,535 (USA) (8 August 2003)

Gross:

$116,643,346 (USA) (31 October 2003)
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Trivia

Colin Farrell wanted to perform a stunt as his character, in the scene where the S.W.A.T. team rappels down from a helicopter. His request was refused, as a concern for the star's safety. Farrell's stunt double proceeded to break his ankle on the first take of the stunt. See more »

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Sergeant Hondo has 3 hash marks on his uniform shirt sleeve. Each hash mark represents 5 years of service. LAPD regulations allow someone to wear the next hash within 6 months of the anniversary date. So Sergeant Hondo would have 15+4.5 years (19.5 years) of service maximum. The movie was made in 2003, and the police vehicles are of the correct vintage, so the movie was presumably set in the same timeframe.

Sergeant Hondo would then have started around 1983 or 1984. It takes a minimum of 9 years on the job before you can apply to SWAT, so Hondo would not have been able to be SWAT until 1992-1994 at the earliest.

This makes Gus' comment that Hondo was "old school SWAT" and the Lieutenant's comment about "bringing old warhorses to restore the luster of SWAT" out of place. While 10 years on SWAT is nothing to scoff at, it certainly doesn't match Hondo's age, or the reputation they attribute to him. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Remind me to buy some shares in Kevlar.
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Crazy Credits

Director Clark Johnson, who appears in the film briefly as Deke's beat partner, is credited as 'Deke's Handsome Partner'. See more »

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Soundtracks

Samuel Jackson
Written by Rob Werthner and Barry De Vorzon
Produced by Michael Baker
Performed by Hot Action Cop
Courtesy of Lava Records LLC
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Perfect popcorn movie
24 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I seriously had so much fun watching this. Is it clichéd yes? Is it stupid? No. First off, the performances are great. Sam Jackson is still a badass. Colin Farrel is very cool. LL Cool J does a decent job. Also Jeremy Renner was awesome.

The film also worked because it didn't take itself too seriously. it wanted the audience to have a fun time. The action scenes are really fun, the effects are good, the climax is really entertaining. It's not the best action film ever. It's not the best cop movie ever. It's not the best movie ever. Even so, i got what I paid for. A fun popcorn flick. I was never bored. I never checked my watch. I was having too much fun watching this to be worried about anything else. Great entertainment.


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