Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.
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
There is a scene in which the team is watching an episode of the TV series, S.W.A.T. (1975). Steve Forrest, who played Lt. Harrelson is shown. See more »
During the "Polish" gunman standoff Hondo mentions that they have been called in on their day off, Sunday. LAPD Metro D-Platoon SWAT has 60 full-time officers who work on rotating shifts, thus removing the need to call in six officers on their day off for a routine job and earn them overtime and recall to duty penalty rates of pay etc. See more »
That woman is alive because of what we did.
Capt. Thomas Fuller:
Yeah, alive and sueing the city for millions. The Chief said that this preceinct is gonna pay for this one, too and it sure as hell it isn't gonna be me.
C'mon Fuller we get...
Capt. Thomas Fuller:
C'mon Captain fuller, we get 3 seconds to make a decision, and you get 3 months to go and tear it apart.
SWAT means special weapons *and* tatics. Where were your tatics out there?
Saving that woman from being shot, that's where are tatcis were.
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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 »
I haven't read the comments of others, so I'm not sure why it's rated so low. This is a pretty decent yarn with some good action and suspense in it. The story is almost believable. A drug dealer is detained by the Police and offers $100 million to anyone who can spring him. The offer is taken up by several people and the Los Angeles Police Department finds itself outgunned. Their only hope is the newly formed SWAT team, headed by Samuel L. Jackson. The whole SWAT thing is new and no one likes it. While, today, many people still don't like the idea of SWAT teams, they are now a part of the law enforcement landscape. It's too "Military" for most people. The film shows the build up and some of the training of the SWAT team, and their duel with the bad guys in the end. It kept my attention and I found it entertaining. And isn't that what the industry is all about? I gave it a 7.
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