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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Lindsey Ginter ...
Agent Hauser


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£5,274,283 (UK) (9 January 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


The tune that the team sings at the table in the film's trailer, is the theme from the original TV series. See more »


During the "Polish" gunman standoff Hondo mentions that they have been called in on their day off, Sunday. LAPD Metro D-Platoon SWAT has 60 full-time officers who work on rotating shifts, thus removing the need to call in six officers on their day off for a routine job and earn them overtime and recall to duty penalty rates of pay etc. See more »


Brian Gamble: [to Street] You're like a goddamn rash!
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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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'Die Hard' continues to influence to this day...
1 September 2003 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

This movie is no doubt influenced by the 'Die Hard' series. In this case, 1990's 'Die Hard 2' where the plot involved a drug dealer. A drug dealer in this case offers 100 million dollars to anyone who can bust him out after he is captured. Naturally, everyone with a greedy agenda, including some people that really make things sticky for the good guys, try to spring him. This film has a nice gradual build to its eventual payoff and Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson are in good form. I only wish that their characters had been a little better developed. It's nice to see a movie where a character has a particular manner, saying or habit that makes their personality instantly recognizable. This is one of the better films to be based on 70's television. Certainly better than the 'Charlie's Angels' films (rubbish).

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