Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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.

Director:

Writers:

(characters), (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
1,314 ( 993)
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Recruit (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Al Pacino, Colin Farrell, Bridget Moynahan
xXx (2002)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas
Phone Booth (2002)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Eagle Eye (2008)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jerry and Rachel are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations, using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Bad Boys II (2003)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two loose-cannon narcotics cops investigate the flow of Ecstasy into Florida.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, is sent to Washington, DC to defuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Willem Dafoe
Vantage Point (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox
Shaft (2000)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Director: John Singleton
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale
21 (2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey
Miami Vice (2006)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on the 1980s TV action/drama, this update focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Li Gong
Bad Boys (1995)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two hip detectives protect a murder witness while investigating a case of stolen heroin.

Director: Michael Bay
Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lisa Boyle
Swordfish (2001)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled... See full summary »

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
...
...
...
...
...
Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
...
...
...
GQ
...
Gus
...
Lindsey Ginter ...
Agent Hauser
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You're either S.W.A.T. or you're not. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£5,274,283 (UK) (9 January 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Officer Sanchez is stated to be in Metro Division for many years but never making SWAT. Metro, or Metropolitan Division, is an elite division of LAPD, containing many specialized units such as the Special Investigation Section (SIS). Metro is not a geographical division like the other stations, but a division for special units that serve all of Los Angeles. SWAT is part of the Metro Division. So Sanchez is already in a special division, just not part of SWAT. Contrast that with Deek, who is a regular patrol officer in Southwest Division, covering only that section of Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

When T.J. McCabe runs the shooting course with Hondo, the first knockdown target doesn't fall. If you look between his left shoulder and the post, you clearly see a round hit the first target and knock it down as he aims at the second. See more »

Quotes

Street: Gamble, let her go!
Gamble: Take a shot, Jimbo!
See more »

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 »

Connections

References Bullitt (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Do You Want Some
Written by Lennox Brown (as Lennox Browns)
Performed by Lennox Brown (as Buppy)
Courtesy of Brown II Productions
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Average action movie - nothing more nothing less
1 September 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thrown into a desk job when his partner Gamble disobeys orders and shoots a hostage, Jim Street bides his time waited beside being demeaned on a daily basis. When the commissioner brings in old school SWAT leader hondo to put together a young outfit, Street is offered to chance to retrain with the select team and is soon back on duty. Meanwhile a man is pulled over by a black and white for a broken rear light, but is found to be a drug baron. SWAT are sent to escort the man to a secure prison but, as they take him into a holding centre he announces that whoever breaks him out of jail will get $100 million dollars. SWAT soon have much to content with and must ensure that Montel does not escape.

In a summer crammed with more sequels than ever, I was drawn to go and see SWAT simply because it offered some hope by not being a sequel to a past film (I didn't know at the time it was a TV conversion). Unfortunately, while not lifting it's formula from a predecessor, it essentially lifts itself from many other films and lacks anything that really makes it stand out. The central premise (the `$100 meellion dollar' bit) is interesting but only leads to a big long action scene that acts as the film's second act. Prior to this we are given the usual training stuff which, while not new, is still enjoyable.

It's weakness is that it is suffering from too much testosterone and therefore has to much of the men banging heads with each other and comparing size! The second half is enjoyable as it is just noisy action all the way, but it suffers from being too overblown. A scene where several different street gangs attack a police convoy is an example of this but happily the rest is not as bad as this and is actually quite good. My main complaint was that this second act felt like it should have been the main body of the film and that the training etc was just the introduction. However the second act seemed very short and I came away with the feeling that this was made with a sequel in mind from day one - just like MIB felt like it was made to get to MIIB!

That said it is still fun to watch, albeit unoriginal and clichéd fun. The overblown, all-destroying action probably doesn't do justice to the actual precise and tactical work that SWAT units do and it did make me wonder why someone didn't just take the `$100 meellion dollar' idea and put it in a normal cop film setting but hey-ho.

The cast is really good on paper but hardly make much of a splash in reality. Farrell continues to land on his feet with yet another starring role. His American accent hasn't gotten any better but he is still watchable with his tough guy charisma (would be nice to see him build on this rather than relying on it though). Jackson is slumming it a bit and doesn't really lift the film by his presence. He is no stranger to action movies but he doesn't manage to do much here other than add a face to the mix. Smith (LL Cool J, now starting to use his real name in credits) is OK but again doesn't do much special; I found it amusing that both Jackson and LL had actually made Deep Blue Sea more enjoyable by their performances but neither did it here. Rodriguez is not allowed to show she can act at any point, but she is easy on the eye and is good enough. Martinez's villain is OK but it was never clear where he was from despite the fact he had a French accent - have I missed something, was he a French drug lord? If anything his role marks a sad day for English actors everywhere, from now on it seems that, due to their actions over Iraq, the French will be providing the baddies in American action movies from now on!

Overall this is a reasonably enjoyable piece of noisy entertainment. If you expect anything unique or clever then you will be really disappointed. However if you are prepared for lots of running with guns, noise and macho posturing then this should be enough to satisfy you. For me it didn't stand out from the pack but it was still an OK way to spend a few hours.


35 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
100 things I learned from watching S.W.A.T. glennwatts2003
How is it possible?!?! fabrice4211
How come they didn't use real badges? leogetz900
Other S.W.A.T movies MajaPlaninic
Bet on the Range nobodyspecialishere
Sequelly lawrence-penney-46-845880
Discuss S.W.A.T. (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?