The Sweeney (2012)

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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


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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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Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig were considered for the role of George Carter. Orlando Bloom and Tom Hardy were also linked to the film. See more »


George shoots, and breaks, the rear window of the Jaguar. In a front shot a couple of minutes later, the rear window is still intact. See more »


[Carter chases an armed robber and, after grappling with him, slams him against a partition wall in an office. As the robber draws a knife, two arms suddenly punch through the wall and grab the robber by the neck. Cut to a shot of Regan on the other side of the wall]
DI Jack Regan: [menacingly] We're the Sweeney, shithead. You're nicked!
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The Sweeney
Written by Harry South
Performed by Lorne Balfe
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Makes a good action movie
23 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a movie adaptation of the popular 1970s British television show only the setting is in modern day and with Ray Winstone and Ben Drew playing the respective roles played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in the original series.

Alone it makes a good action movie with one or two good car chases and gunfights. The storyline was reasonable even though its the sort you would see in an episode of the original series. Although Ray Winstone does well for himself, his interpretation of Jack Regan is different to how John Thaw portrayed the character if it doesn't lack any background. The interpretation of Detective Chief Inspector Frank Haskins isn't as robust as it should have been and doesn't get much screen time. Instead, a completely new character is introduced and appearing to have more emphasis than the Haskins character. One thing the makers of the movie did was capture bird's eye views of London which one could argue was a bit unnecessary. Even though a lot of movies have it and I personally don't get offended by it at all, a lot of the profanity in the dialogue was also on the unnecessary side.

I like the original television series but I'm a much bigger fan of movies, particularly action movies which is why I enjoyed it. I can understand that a lot of people who were fans of the TV show may not find this much to their satisfaction. But as far as I'm concerned, I got what I wanted from it.

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