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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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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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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:

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

Gross:

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

The opening scene with the bank robbery was a real life event. Took Place at the Bank of American at the corner of Archwood St and Laurel Canyon Blvd. The robbery took place on February 28, 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Gamble takes Alex and his fellow commandos down into the subway, the SWAT team reports into the radio that they went into the Pershing Square Metro Entrance at 7th & Hope. The Pershing Square station is at 5th & Hill Street. Also, a sign on the wall clearly states "Wilshire/Western" which is not near downtown LA were 7th & Hope is located. They also order the next station on the line to be closed. They say it is "7th & Figueroa Station" which would be correct if they were at Pershing Square, but not if the train is heading east. Eastbound trains would arrive at the Civic Center and/or Union Station stops depending how far they've gone. The trucks are seen arriving with the Wiltern theatre prominently behind them, which would make it the Wilshire/Normandie station (which *is* the next station after/before Wilshire/Western depending which direction you are going, but not near downtown). See more »

Quotes

McCabe: What? No roll, Hondo?
Hondo: How do you know I didn't?
McCabe: You didn't, did you?
Hondo: They only roll in John Woo movies, not in real life.
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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 »

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References World's Scariest Police Chases... (1997) See more »

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Written by John T. Hunter
Performed by Long John Hunter
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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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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