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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Lindsey Ginter ...
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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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:

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


£5,274,283 (UK) (9 January 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point during the early stages of development, Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role Dan "Hondo" Harrelson. See more »


TJ uses the brownish sedan with the license plate 2PCE058 to stop Montel from escaping in a police car during the bus escape sequence. During the crash, different angles show only the two cars crashing, a third car involved, then again a shot with clearly only the two original cars. Damage to the brownish car varies accordingly. See more »


Street: Bad day, huh?
Beat-up Latino Thug: Kiss my ass, ese.
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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 »


Referenced in Ben's Boston: The Cathedral of Boston (2010) See more »


Written by Genaro Codina
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User Reviews

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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