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"The Sweeney" Jackpot (1975)

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Author: gordonl56 from Canada
18 January 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Jackpot – 1975 This is the second episode of the gritty UK Police show, THE SWEENEY.

The episode opens with a general free for all between a group of money van hold-up types, and The Flying Squad. Fists, chains lead pipes are all in use by both teams before the Police get the upper hand. Cuffs are slapped on the crooks and they are hauled away.

The Police gather up all the cash in order to return it to the bank. A slight problem shall we say develops, when the count is short one bag with 35,000 pounds is missing.

Detectives, John Thaw, Dennis Waterman and John Flanagan give a vigorous 36 hours of third degree to the crooks but get no info. They go back to the scene and search everywhere for the missing money with no joy.

The squad members happened to have a cameraman with them on this case so they all take a look at the film. They catch a break when the film shows the gang leader, Ed Devereaux, throwing a bag over a construction fence. A quick look on the other side of said fence however comes up empty.

Needless to say the bosses are not amused with this lack of case closure. They hint Internal Affairs will be getting involved if the cash is not found.

The boys in blue luck out when they going over the film again. They spot a known villain in the background by the construction fence. Some more digging and another round of prodding at gang leader Devereaux soon gets the results needed.

There is more than enough violence and action in this episode to keep the viewer entertained. The director is Tom Clegg. Clegg is best known as the director of the, RICHARD SHARPE, series of films starring Sean Bean. (colour)

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