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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deacon 'Deke' Kaye (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
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

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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 USA:

$37,062,535, 10 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Paul Walker was set to play Jim Street, and had even started training for the part, but had to drop out, due to filming on 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). See more »


When Hondo and Street are talking in the garage, Street says: "Fuller will never sign off on it". Hondo replies "You let me deal with that paper-pushing PUNK". He originally said "prick" and was just dubbed over. See more »


Hondo: Deke, the frog's runnin'!
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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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Written by Robin Thicke, Robert Daniels, James Gass and Bobby B. Keyes
Performed by Thicke
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A better title might be So-WAT?
19 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Though the trailers and commercials made it appear to be a hard-core action movie, the end result is anything but. Aside from the (expected) opening action sequence, the first half of the movie is pretty devoid of anything resembling action! It mainly consists of introducing the characters, bringing them together, getting them to work together blah blah blah. Now, that in itself isn't bad, but what makes it bad here is that EVERYTHING about this has a ring of "I've seen this many times before!" There's NOTHING about these characters or this material that seems fresh or even delivered with some liveliness. While it really can't be called downright terrible, it still has you muttering "Yeah yeah, cut to the chase already."

Though the "chase" isn't any better - in fact, I would say it's more badly done than the bland character development that unfolded for the first hour. For one thing we have a really boring bad guy being dealt with - sure, his "100 me-llion dollars" cry is a promising start, but other than that he is developed just as much as a generic thug. And the action sequences suffer from what hurts many Hollywood action movies these days - jerky camera movement, close-up shots, and quick cutting that makes it hard to get a sense of just what's going on. Even when it's something as simple as two men beating each other up, you can't tell who is who! Instead of watching this, track down the Hong Kong action movie EU STRIKE FORCE (a.k.a. THE BIG BULLET), a sometimes silly but energetic and *fun* movie about a S.W.A.T. team, with much more lively characters.

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