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The Sweeney (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  1 March 2013 (USA)
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A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
DCI Ivan Lewis
Francis Allen
DCI Frank Haskins
DC Kara Clarke
DC Simon Ellis
Johnny Wextru
Evelyn Simmonds
DC Nathan Miller
Kevin Michaels ...
Makin Trebolt
Megan Barret
Tayo Walker-Allen ...


Jack Regan is a slobbish, old style cop whose unsubtle methods usually get results, to the annoyance of internal affairs officer Lewis, who would be even more annoyed if he knew that Regan was having an affair with his young wife, policewoman Nancy. After Regan disobeys orders and a shoot-out in central London following a bank hold-up ends in carnage, he is stripped of office and briefly imprisoned. However, thanks to the loyalty of his young protege George Carter and a little string pulling from his superior Frank Haskins, Regan is released to bring down the villains in a gun battle at Gravesend marina, ensuring the continued existence of his department - the Sweeney. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Act like a criminal to catch a criminal


Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eidiki omada Sweeney  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,321 (USA) (1 March 2013)


$26,345 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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Although Regan and Carter are shown driving cars, the real Flying Squad have specialist drivers. All they do is drive, and are trained to exceptional levels. The most senior officer in a car would sit in the front passenger seat, as was the case in the original TV series The Sweeney (1975) in which most of the driving was done by the "Bill the Driver" or other drivers. See more »


During an arrest scene one of the characters says to the suspect: "You have the right to remain silent..." This is part of the Miranda used by United States law enforcement and would not be used in the UK. In Britain the caution that must be given at the time of an arrest begins with, "You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something that you later rely on in court..." See more »


DI Jack Regan: Have you got big bollocks? Have you? You got big fucking nuts? Lets have a look at them.
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References Miami Vice (2006) See more »


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Bad Direction
24 January 2013 | by (Gold Coast) – See all my reviews

This was ordinary to say the least, put the moral of the story aside, this is simply a badly directed film with a horrible script. The acting was good for the content they were given, the film broadcast the plot twist a mile away. I really think they didn't know what they wanted to do with the film gritty British law or glossy American buddy film. Either option they failed miserably, about half way through I thought it had become a parody film. Saw it at BIFF opening night and the laughter throughout the film hinted that everyone else felt the same way. this is not a good lo fashion entertainment film, don't get me wrong I love the Die Hard franchise, likewise I loved Layer Cake, and a heap of other great British crime films. this is just not one of them and there is nothing here worth watching...

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