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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 August 2003 (USA)
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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Deacon 'Deke' Kay (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
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Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
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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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S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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During the escape scene, different officers contradict each others orders. T.J. tells Montel to "put his hands on his head" yet a second later Boxer tells him "hands up". All the while, others are shouting for Montel to "get on the ground". See more »

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Gus: [discussing his wife's disapproval of the soft drink Dr. Pepper] You know the deal, Jim. When we got married, I converted to Mormonism. We can't consume anything that alters our state of mind. We treat out bodies with respect.
Street: And I treat mine like an amusement park. That's the differences that make this country great!
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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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References Die Another Day (2002) See more »

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Crosstown Traffic
Written and Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix LLC / MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Perfect popcorn movie
24 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I seriously had so much fun watching this. Is it clichéd yes? Is it stupid? No. First off, the performances are great. Sam Jackson is still a badass. Colin Farrel is very cool. LL Cool J does a decent job. Also Jeremy Renner was awesome.

The film also worked because it didn't take itself too seriously. it wanted the audience to have a fun time. The action scenes are really fun, the effects are good, the climax is really entertaining. It's not the best action film ever. It's not the best cop movie ever. It's not the best movie ever. Even so, i got what I paid for. A fun popcorn flick. I was never bored. I never checked my watch. I was having too much fun watching this to be worried about anything else. Great entertainment.


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