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Sweeney! (1977)

Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... D.I. Jack Regan
... D.S. George Carter
... Elliott McQueen
... Charles Baker
... Frank Chadwick
... Bianca Hamilton
... Johnson
... Ronnie Brent
... Mac
... Janice Wyatt
... Flying Squad Cdr. Maynon
Paul Angelis ... Secret Serviceman
... D.S. Burtonshaw
John Alkin ... D.S. Tom Daniels
... Matthews
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Hard-bitten Flying Squad officer Jack Regan gets embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge and suspended from the force, with his partner and best mate George Carter unable to help, Jack must rely on his wits to evade deadly government hitmen and expose the real villain of the piece. Written by Anonymous

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The roughest, toughest men from London's greatest crime squad smash their way onto the big screen!


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20 January 1977 (UK)  »

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£130,000 (estimated)
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According to Wikipedia, "The film followed fairly closely the events of the Profumo Scandal which had rocked British politics more than a decade before, though with a much more violent premise. The film was also notable concerning the topical subject of energy and oil usage, a major international issue at the time the film was made". See more »

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Det. Insp. Jack Regan: ...now, sod off!
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Love of a Lifetime
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'All right, Tinkerbell, you're nicked'
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I remember seeing, and liking, this when it first came out in 1977. I loved the introduction to Regan and Carter, hung over after a night of debauchery with an air hostess. 'The code word is air screw.' The initial murder scene of Lynda Bellingham's character sticks in the mind too. I found it believable and it sets the film off at a great pace.

I loved the 70s British clothes. Look out for the ubiquitous green parka with the furry hood! We all had them. And the 70s British cars. They were brilliant once you got them started and before they rusted through. God, those stunt drivers could handle them.

I loved the grittiness of it all and the convincing performances by Thaw, Waterman, Welland, Keen and Foster. I loved the details like the Private Eye hung up by Cater's toilet.

Great plot and great snapshot of 70s British culture. 'All right, Tinkerbell, you're nicked'.


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