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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:
George Carter (as Ben Drew)
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The presenters and production team from Top Gear assisted in planning and filming the car chase scene. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were credited as stunt performers. See more »


In the gun fight outside the private bank, the rear window of the Volvo that Jack Regan is crouching behind keeps reverting back to intact glass between shots, repeatedly shattering in the same place after being fired at. 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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Remade as The Sweeney: Paris (2015) See more »


Written by Oliver Jones, Katy B (as Katie Brien), Adebenga Adejurno, Arthur Smith & Sam Frank
Performed by Magnetic Man ft Katy B (as Katy B)
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User Reviews

6 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The dialogue was fine and the acting was fine, but I don't believe that an elite police squad, even London police, can be so incompetent.

Is it realistic that a group of police trained in the use of firearms should not actually be any good in shooting those firearms? The action scenes remind me of the old TV show, "The A-Team", where guns are blazing but no one seems to get hurt. Or, rather, it would, except that the bad guys have apparently been paying attention at the firing range. Surely in a real police organization, people who couldn't shoot straight, whose tactics were amateurish, who had no regard for public safety, and who had difficulty with the idea of calling for backup, should not be allowed out on the streets. More than that, I find it incomprehensible that a training program would be allowed to exist that produced such people as the end result.

As fine as the actors are, this movie does no credit to the UK police service.

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