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The Sweeney -- Sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Ray Winstone stars as a hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police in a movie based on the 1970s TV show
The Sweeney -- A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police.
The Sweeney -- Ray Winstone stars as the hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.
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Act like a criminal to catch a criminal
A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Casting: O'Connell, Carell, McTavish, Reno
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  (in credits order)

Ray Winstone ... DI Jack Regan

Ben Drew ... DC George Carter

Hayley Atwell ... DC Nancy Lewis

Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ivan Lewis

Paul Anderson ... Francis Allen

Alan Ford ... Harry

Damian Lewis ... DCI Frank Haskins

Caroline Chikezie ... DC Kara Clarke

Allen Leech ... DC Simon Ellis

Ronnie Fox ... Johnny Wextru

Michael Wildman ... Evelyn Simmonds

Steven Waddington ... DC Nathan Miller
Kevin Michaels ... Makin Trebolt

Kara Tointon ... Megan Barret
Tayo Walker-Allen ... Neil

Allan Corduner ... Doctor

Nick Nevern ... Freddy

Ed Skrein ... David
Dean Harrison ... Mikey
George Anton ... Screw
Joan Blackham ... Landlady
Max Bennett ... Symes
John Warnaby ... Mr. Bledisloe
Lee Whitlock ... Whiting
Zora Suleman ... Reporter
Matthew Hilliker ... Robber 1
Matthew Thirlwall ... Robber 2

Mark Killeen ... Spook 1
Aleksandra Mikic ... Thug 1

Josh Myers ... Armed Officer (as Joshua Myers)
Florence Brudenell-Bruce ... Young Bank Lady
Sonny Muslim ... Sabaru Driver 1
Alex Austin ... Sabaru Driver 2
Ruby Wild ... Girl

Jack Cooper ... Spook 2
Marina Niel ... Natalija Wolscat
Tony Lucken ... Sawn Off
Julia Deakin ... Older Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kishore Bhatt ... Warehouse Manager
Plamen Bonev ... Ivan Cab Office Owner
Sara Al-Tahan ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)

Cleo Bianca Anderson ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)
Sam Andé ... Businessman (uncredited)
Raj Awasti ... Shop Manager (uncredited)
Katharine Blackshaw ... Office Worker and Tourist (uncredited)
Paul Blackwell ... Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Hannah Blamires ... Plainclothes Police Officer (uncredited)
Steven Borrie ... Prison Officer (uncredited)
Mike Burton Phillipson ... Scene of Crime Officer (uncredited)
Eric Campbell ... Sweeney CID Officer (uncredited)

Terry Lee Coker ... Prison Gang Member (uncredited)
James Cotter ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Chris Cowlin ... CID Officer (uncredited)

Lee Craven ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Richard Crehan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tony Currier ... Sweeney Plain Clothes (uncredited)

Simon DeSilva ... Bank Security Guard (uncredited)
John Duggan ... Prison Warden (uncredited)

Mark Tristan Eccles ... Disgruntled Diner (uncredited)

Darren Sean Enright ... Pool Hall Gambler (uncredited)
James a FitzGerald ... Bullion Worker (uncredited)

Emma Fletcher ... Witness (uncredited)

Susan Fordham ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Jensen Freeman ... City Banker (uncredited)
Robert Groom ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
Valeria Guarini ... Library-goer (uncredited)
Ignacio Guirado ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Lee Hardy ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Daniel Harland ... Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Dan Raynham III ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Stewart James ... Michaels (uncredited)

Todd Von Joel ... Flying Squad Officer (uncredited)
Jonas Khan ... Young Police Officer (uncredited)

Chonradee Kulthap ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Jess Liaudin ... Pool Hall Bouncer (uncredited)
Garry Marriott ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Matthew David McCarthy ... Sweeney CID Officer (uncredited)

Pete Meads ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Barry Miller ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Matthew Mohseni ... Thug (uncredited)

Jon L. Morris ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Reggie Offeh ... Businessman (uncredited)

James Michael Rankin ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Anna Ray ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)

Dean Roberts ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Kyri Saphiris ... Vasilije (uncredited)
Santi Scinelli ... Tourist (uncredited)

Emeka Sesay ... Sam (uncredited)
Mick Slaney ... Prison Van Warder (uncredited)

June Smith ... City Worker Extra (uncredited)
Neil Alexander Smith ... HQ Security Guard (uncredited)
Darran Specter ... Voice (voice) (uncredited)

David Speed ... Forensic Police Officer (uncredited)

Frank Stone ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Gerald Tomkinson ... Librarian (uncredited)

Gareth Turkington ... Sawnoff (voice) (uncredited)

Julie Vollono ... Teacher (uncredited)

Jon Wennington ... Private Bank Customer (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Ella Wragg ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nick Love 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hodge  co-writer
Nick Love  screenplay
Ian Kennedy Martin  source material

Produced by
Caroline Levy .... co-producer
Andrew Macdonald .... executive producer
Allan Niblo .... producer
Rupert Preston .... producer
James Richardson .... producer
Christopher Simon .... producer
Felix Vossen .... producer
Original Music by
Lorne Balfe 
Cinematography by
Simon Dennis 
Film Editing by
James Herbert 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
Production Design by
Morgan Kennedy 
Art Direction by
Gerard Bryan 
Set Decoration by
Kate Guyan 
Costume Design by
Andrew Cox 
Makeup Department
Michael Byrne .... prosthetic technician
Steven Byrne .... prosthetics technician
Lucy Cain .... makeup designer
Jemma Harwood .... assistant makeup artist
Kristyan Mallett .... prosthetics supervisor
Production Management
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Louise Killin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bryce .... second unit director
Benjamin Edwards .... first assistant director: car chase unit
Helen Kasparian .... crowd second assistant director
Jamie Macdermott .... first assistant director
Andrew Mannion .... second assistant director
Samuel Andrew Smith .... third assistant director (as Samuel Smith)
Tom Fenwick Smith .... third assistant director
Art Department
Bryony Bradford .... assistant art director
Garry Dawson .... property master
Dave Reed .... construction manager
Ellie Shanks .... production buyer
Sophie Tarver .... prop maker
Joe Withers .... standby art director
Sound Department
Grant Berry .... sound effects recordist
Simon Bysshe .... boom operator
Enos Desjardins .... sound effects editor
Udit Duseja .... sound effects editor
Russell Edwards .... sound mixer: second unit
Clemens Endreß .... foley artist
Clemens Endreß .... foley editor
Tobias Fleig .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie G. .... sound editor (as Jamie Gordon)
David Giles .... sound trainee
Roland Heap .... supervising sound designer
Peter Hodges .... adr recording
James Hyde .... adr recordist
Joe Nattrass .... sound effects recordist
Marc Specter .... dialogue editor
John Steele .... sound re-recording engineer
Simon J. Willis .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Graham Aikman .... pyrotechnician
Neal Champion .... pyrotechnics supervisor
Giles Hannagan .... special effects assistant
Bernard Newton .... pyrotechnician
Paul Scotson .... special effects technician
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Seb Barker .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Forrester .... digital compositor
Carl Godwin-Alvarez .... digital clean-up
Pau Viladot .... visual effects artist
Ernest Dios .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lloyd Bass .... stunts
Dani Biernat .... stunt performer
Stephanie Carey .... stunt performer
Stuart Clark .... stunt performer
Jeremy Clarkson .... stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunt performer
Ben Dimmock .... stunt performer
Levan Doran .... stunt double
Levan Doran .... stunt double: Ben Drew
Jamie Edgell .... stunt performer
Niki Faulkner .... precision driver
Stuart Frift .... stunt performer
Richard Hammond .... stunts
Tidd James .... stunt performer
Gary Kane .... stunt performer
Derek Lea .... stunt performer
Maurice Lee .... stunt performer
Guy List .... stunt performer
Tony Lucken .... stunt coordinator
James May .... stunts
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Erol Mehmet .... stunt performer
David Newton .... stunt double: Ben Drew
Ray Nicholas .... stunt performer
Brian Nickels .... stunt performer
Andreas Petrides .... stunt performer
Seon Rogers .... stunt performer
Arran Topham .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gabriel Albuquerque .... second assistant camera: dailies
Ionut Apetroae .... electrician
David Baker .... generator operator/electrician
Daniel Bishop .... b camera operator
Daniel Bishop .... steadicam operator
Rogan Brown .... assistant grip
Leo Bund .... additional steadicam operator
Zak Chowdhury .... still photographer
Jon Garwes .... camera operator
Chris Georgas .... gaffer
Tristan Hey .... digital imaging technician
Des Hills .... russian arm precision driver
Jason Iqbal .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Chris Kane .... focus puller: second unit
Roland Keane .... camera facilities coordinator
Michael Kinsella-Perks .... camera trainee
Stefan R. Krzysiak .... second assistant camera
Mary Lobb .... digital imaging technician
Laurentiu Maria .... studio electrician
Seán McDermott .... clapper loader
James Mossahebi .... assistant camera
Toby Plaskitt .... russian arm operator
Iain Thomson .... additional first assistant camera
Luke Varley .... still photographer
Tom Walden .... b camera loader
Anthony Ward .... key grip
Casting Department
Daniel Edwards .... casting assistant
Leoni Kibbey .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Allen .... costume buyer
Mollie Barr .... key costumer
Nick Howard .... costume trainee
Lupt Utama .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Paul Apted .... assistant editor
Rachael Ellis .... post-production coordinator
Robbie Gibbon .... assistant editor
Philip Hedgecock .... first assistant editor
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Caite Ni'Ceileachair .... post-production coordinator
Dominic Stabb .... assistant editor
David Steinberger .... project manager: The Post Republic
Music Department
David Paul Dorn .... music editor
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Andrew Kawczynski .... ambient music designer
Simon Platz .... music publisher
Amanda Street .... music consultant
Vicki Williams .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Warren Deluce .... driver: Ben Drew
Lee Edwards .... driver: Nick Love
Steve Hammick .... prop transport
Other crew
Tim Basevi .... assistant accountant
Jack Bowman .... adr supporting artist
Darren Bransford .... adr supporting artist
Jay Brown .... adr supporting artist
Cornelius Clarke .... adr supporting artist
Errol Clarke .... adr supporting artist
Thomas Dixon .... production coordinator: reshoots
Sarah Doresit .... adr supporting artist
Maura Duffy .... adr supporting artist
David Elliot .... adr supporting artist
Rachel Esposti .... adr supporting artist
Isaac Ewulo .... adr supporting artist
Ed Fairweather .... production runner
Chris Fitch .... unit medic (as Chris Fitch)
Liz Garland .... adr supporting artist
Catherine Golding .... production coordinator
Steffi Green .... adr supporting artist
Andy Harriss .... health and safety/fire safety
Max Heap .... adr supporting artist
David Hempstead .... adr supporting artist
Stephen Hole .... CFO Vertigo Films
Christopher Key .... editor: EPK/making-of documentary/DVD extras
James R. Kipping .... floor runner
John Lanasis .... location manager
Matthew Lane .... location manager
Kate Loustau .... adr supporting artist
Jadran Malkovich .... additional adr voice
Garry Marriott .... unit medic (as Gary Marriott)
Garry Marriott .... unit medic
Ali Moshref .... production executive: completion guarantor
George Myer .... e.p.k. shooter/editor
Quinton Nyrienda .... adr supporting artist
Nuala O'Leary .... assistant to Christopher Simon
Nuala O'Leary .... production supervisor for embargo films
Bruce Panday .... adr supporting artist
Rob Partridge .... armourer
Dragan Pavlovic .... adr supporting artist
Jan Pearson .... head of development for embargo films
Alexander Perkins .... adr supporting artist
Yasmin Rais .... script supervisor
Millie Reeves .... adr supporting artist
Toby Rushton .... script editor
Damien Russell .... adr supporting artist
Maria Salcher .... daily floor runner: daily
Navid Salimian .... press relations
Darran Specter .... adr supporting artist
Maxine Stanley .... production accountant
Gareth Turkington .... adr supporting artist
Georgi Wronska .... floor runner/driver
Georgi Wronska .... runner
Claire Wyatt .... adr supporting artist
Darren Sean Enright .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and language throughout and some sexual content
112 min
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Did You Know?

The title of the movie "The Sweeney" derives from Sweeney Todd, the cockney rhyming slang for "Flying Squad", which is the name of the branch of the Metropolitan Police that Regan and Carter work for. The Flying Squad specialize in investigating armed robberies and ambushing suspects in the act of their crime. They are frequently armed although not routinely as depicted in this film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
DC Nancy Lewis:Don't give him a reason to look up your skirt.
DI Jack Regan:As long as he ain't looking up your skirt.
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76 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Would Have Made a Decent TV Special, 7 September 2012
Author: cherrysuedointhedo from Dublin, Ireland

The style of the movie largely relies on sweeping glass and steel shots of London, while they're beautifully done and almost futuristic, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the opening scenes of The Apprentice they're so disjointed from the film itself.

The Sweeney are The Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police, tasked with cracking down on violent crime and armed robberies. They're loud, cocky, and vicious and, if the cases we're shown are anything to go by, very, very bad at their job.

Regan (Winston) is head man and a law unto himself, his sidekick Carter (Drew) and the rest of his special ops team are housed in a swish crow's nest of Scotland Yard with all mod cons. While Winston and Drew have an unmistakable chemistry on screen they really didn't have much to work with. Drew delivers his lines painfully slow, as if inebriated but you have to give it to the guy, he's not bad when it comes to fisticuffs. The gung ho ways and abysmal record of their squad attracts the attention of Internal Affairs, who are just waiting for a reason to shut them down. The wait isn't very long.

England's capital is largely deserted for the duration, which again beggars belief. There's a monumental hot pursuit and shoot out on an almost empty Trafalgar Square with just enough passers by to be pushed violently to the ground by both the fleeing criminals and the cops themselves, by the third time, it was comically so. It would appear that The Sweeney have been trained at the Storm Trooper Shooting Range as London town is shot up in relentless gunfire but not one bullet reaches its target. Think Hot Fuzz not Miami Vice.

The plot is convoluted, the cases needlessly complicated and for the life of me I couldn't get excited about a Serbian Georgie Burgess as the bad guy. While Nick Love is renowned for his cockney gangster offerings, unfortunately this time round he didn't think to bring either a decent story or a coherent script to the table.

The Sweeney is somewhat enjoyable but it borders on parody far too often. It's outdated and overplayed with enough product placement have an accompanying catalog. It would have made a decent TV special but for a big screen outing it's a meh from me.

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