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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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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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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£5,274,283 (UK) (9 January 2004)
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Trivia

Most of the SWAT members, including Street, are shown to be P3's, or Police Officer III, rank. That is shown by the 2 stripe chevron worn on their uniform shirts. The Police Officer III rank is a designation given to Police Officers who have passed a test and is considered to be a senior police officer rank. P3's are usually training officers and can even stand in place for sergeants as needed. See more »

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When Gamble and Street are fighting in the train yard beside the bridge, engines/tugs are seen multiple times. First marshalling tug (#3077, with a rotating beacon) can be seen just after Street frees himself (it hoots 3 times). As Street is following Gambles tracks, he crosses over between engine #1201 and a tank car. As he hops off, you briefly see the tug #3077 again, coming towards him (duplicate frames from before?) Then as they fight in the boxcar, you see #1201 go past behind them, and finally once more, its pulling the line of cars that Gamble is killed by. See more »

Quotes

Street: [to McCabe] Looks like you're not the prettiest one on S.W.A.T. anymore.
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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 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of Promotone B.V. and Virgin Records
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For action fans
6 December 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'S.W.A.T.' is a movie that does nothing more than deliver. It promises nice action scenes and gives us some. They look pretty good, so I guess in that way I can recommend the movie. The story is, of course, about S.W.A.T., a respected part of the LAPD. We follow a team with leader Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson), Jim Street (Colin Farrell), Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez), Deke (rapper LL Cool J), Boxer (Brian Van Holt) and T.J. (Josh Charles). They have to deal with a criminal named Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) who offers 100 million dollars to the people who will help him escape from jail.

The movie opens with Jim Street and his partner Gamble (Jeremy Renner) saving people from bank robbers, but they do that after disobeying an order. Both are punished but Gamble thinks Street has betrayed him so Gamble leaves the fore while Street gets a job out of action. The movie continues six months later, leaving us with the feeling we will hear more from the Gamble-character. We feel correct. These facts, and may be that Street used to date Boxer's sister, are kind of important to know, although every event serves the action or the one-liners that are not that impressive.

Yes, events are implausible, but not in a way they become annoying. For actions fans the movie does exactly what we expect and what we want, entertaining enough. If you are normally not an action fan, only when it is done very good, I should skip 'S.W.A.T.'!


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