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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


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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1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eidiki omada Sweeney  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »


As Regan and Nancy drive across the Thames, the camera looks out of both sides of the car. St Paul's Cathedral can be seen out of both sides. See more »


DI Jack Regan: We've gotta flop on that jug that Harry was talking about.
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The Sweeney
Written by Harry South
Performed by Lorne Balfe
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Dire, in every sense
13 September 2012 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

I had limited expectations for this film. I was to be let down, abysmally so.

From the start to the end credits this film is cliché on top of formulaic, unbelievable, over-the-top drama. I found my ability to suspend my disbelief sorely tested and, after 20 minutes unable to cope. Far fetched does not do it justice.

The characters were cardboard and again, straight out of a comic book. Drew, Carter in the film, simply cannot act. Or, if he can, chose not to in this film. His delivery is wooden. His lines devoid of feeling and overall, I found myself wishing him to shut up.

The same with most of the characters. In the end I found that I could not feel any empathy with the characters so when some inevitably fell off the screen, I could not care less.

Every line is plagued with an over the top cockney hard man thread. The film tried too hard to be hard. Imagine Lock Stock that takes itself seriously.

Considering this was the elite squad of the Met, famed for cracking cases and bringing the fight to the criminals, it failed miserably. No one could handle a firearm, the A-Team had clearly schooled them on the range (10,000 rounds expended, no hits claimed)and tactics appeared to be go on your own so you can be abducted, shot or otherwise incapacitated.

In short, this should be watched on your TV. Indeed, where it should have been released. Save your money and rent it one evening when you have nothing else to do.

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