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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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The first British film to be shown legally in Communist China. See more »

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[Carter pulls out a packet of cigarettes and puts one in his mouth]
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Sorry, Guv, I've only got one left.
[Regan takes the cigarette out of Carter's mouth and puts it in his own]
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: I only *want* one.
[Regan fumbles for his lighter]
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: You got a light?
Det. Sgt. George Carter: Nope.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Bastard.
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Glittering Mud
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Music by Steve Gray
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Sweeney Todd-Flying Squad.
9 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

Detectives Regan & Carter investigate the suspected murder of a prostitute and find that there is major corruption, blackmail and murder bubbling under the surface.

Sweeney! is a TV spin-off that further pushes the grit and grime that had been established in the hugely popular series. Boasting call girls, blood, automatic weapon carnage, more blood and lots of shouting, it does in short have most things fans of the series could want. It also serves as a interesting snap-shot of mid to late 70s London as various sequences operate in and around the old smoke. Yet in spite of its guts and gusto and nicely woven plot {incorporating the oil slant}, it ultimately sags too often and criminally under uses Dennis Waterman's Carter. This is really about John Thaw's Reagan. Fine for fans of the always excellent Thaw, but this was a dynamite duo, and somewhere along the way somebody made a poor decision to focus on one part of the team.

The cast is filled out with notable British actors as the story unfolds. Barry Foster {Frenzy}, Ian Bannen {Too Late the Hero}, Colin Welland {Straw Dogs}, Brian Glover {Kes} and Diane Keen; who was a star of many a British TV production. It's pretty much one for fans only, because you get the feeling that newcomers, although sure to be impressed with its toughness, will wonder just what all the fuss was about back in the sweary Sweeney 70s. 6/10


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