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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 August 2003 (USA)
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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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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S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$116,643,346 (USA) (31 October 2003)
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The Polish hostage, played by David St. James, plays a man paranoid of robot aliens. Later, St. James goes on to play a NASA scientist, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), working with alien robots. See more »

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When the one hundred million dollar offer is made news reporters stand outside the bars but on TV, the telecast is clear without any bars in between. See more »

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Velasquez: We have ID'd those suspects.
Capt. Thomas Fuller: Great! Who are they?
Velasquez: Former officer Gamble and Officer T.J. McCabe.
Capt. Thomas Fuller: Gamble, as in Street's ex-partner, Gamble?
Velasquez: Roger.
Capt. Thomas Fuller: We have got two SWAT-trained guys leading this attack. How do we know the rest of the team isn't in on it?
Velasquez: Because I can vouch for Hondo.
Capt. Thomas Fuller: You wanna bet 100 million dollars on that?
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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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Referenced in Ben's Boston: The Cathedral of Boston (2010) See more »

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Underrated
19 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't read the comments of others, so I'm not sure why it's rated so low. This is a pretty decent yarn with some good action and suspense in it. The story is almost believable. A drug dealer is detained by the Police and offers $100 million to anyone who can spring him. The offer is taken up by several people and the Los Angeles Police Department finds itself outgunned. Their only hope is the newly formed SWAT team, headed by Samuel L. Jackson. The whole SWAT thing is new and no one likes it. While, today, many people still don't like the idea of SWAT teams, they are now a part of the law enforcement landscape. It's too "Military" for most people. The film shows the build up and some of the training of the SWAT team, and their duel with the bad guys in the end. It kept my attention and I found it entertaining. And isn't that what the industry is all about? I gave it a 7.


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