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)  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

This film, The Italian Job (2003) and Hollywood Homicide (2003) were all filming in downtown L.A. at the same time. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, Street drives Hondo in an unmarked police Crown Victoria. Although it was an unmarked car, the license plate still should have said CA Exempt and had all numbers on it, which it clearly didn't. See more »

Quotes

[From the first trailer]
Hondo: Let's try to get in the killing mode.
Chris: I am in killing mode.
Hondo: So why you smiling?
Chris: Because it tickles me.
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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 Incident at Loch Ness (2004) See more »

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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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Average good action film
10 February 2004 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

S.W.A.T. is a nothing more and nothing less than what you expect from it - god action film, the script is very predictable and full of clichees, but it has enough logic and good sense to avoid the ridicule. Acting is average good, effects are average good, and directing is average good - so what you get is an average good action film. Get your popcorn, biers as well if you are at home, sit back and relax. Nothing more, nor less 7 out of 10 on my personal scale.


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