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S.W.A.T. (2003)

 -  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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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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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,960,281 (UK) (5 December 2003)

Gross:

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

In the scene where they were using facial recognition to identify Alex, ID photos of the entire crew were used as the high speed shuffling of faces on the monitor. On DVD if you step through that sequence frame by frame you can see almost every member of the Film crew. All Photos in that sequence were taken by Dave Nico, SWAT's Asst Coordinator (his photo does not appear). See more »

Goofs

The same brownish car with 2PCE058 is seen later in the motorcade scene, undamaged. Although it is not explicitly stated how much time passed between Montel's capture and the transfer date, considering how desperate the LAPD is to get Montel out quickly, a repair of the car would not have been possible. See more »

Quotes

Hondo: Sorry. Wrong room.
Chris: Who are you looking for?
Hondo: Chris Sanchez.
Chris: I'm Chris Sanchez.
Hondo: YOU'RE Chris Sanchez?
Chris: Look, if you're Internal Affairs, that guy had razorblades in his mouth. I had to put him down hard. I'm sick and tired of these bullshit complains because some vato doesn't like getting thrown to the pavement by a woman.
Hondo: [Raises eyebrow] I look like IAD to you?
[Sanchez shrugs]
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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 »

Connections

References The Good Girl (2002) See more »

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Brother Down
Written and Performed by Sam Roberts
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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