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Sweeney 2 (1978)

Second theatrical spin-off from the popular 1970's police series. Regan and Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

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Tom Clegg

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Troy Kennedy-Martin, Ian Kennedy Martin (TV series The Sweeney)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Det. Insp. Jack Regan
Dennis Waterman ... Det. Sgt. George Carter
Denholm Elliott ... Jupp
Ken Hutchison ... Hill
Anna Gaël ... Mrs. Hill (as Anna Gael)
Barry Stanton ... Big John
John Flanagan John Flanagan ... Willard
David Casey David Casey ... Goodyear
Derrick O'Connor ... Llewellyn
John Alkin John Alkin ... Det. Sgt. Tom Daniels
James Warrior James Warrior ... Det. Con. Jellyneck
Guy Standeven ... Logan - Bank Manager
Brian Gwaspari Brian Gwaspari ... White
Frederick Treves ... McKyle
Johnny Shannon Johnny Shannon ... Harry - Villain
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Second theatrical spin-off from the popular 1970's police series. Regan and Carter head a Flying Squad investigation into a series of bank raids by a team of well-armed villains who are flying in from the continent.

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They're back - tougher than ever!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Desafio de Sweeney See more »

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Euston Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

This was the last time we'd ever see these characters; particularly Jack Regan (John Thaw) and George Carter (Dennis Waterman), who, in the series and the films, are basically womanizers, and successful at that. But the last women they wind up with, despite the character names only naming their jobs (Telephone Operator and School Teacher), are both sarcastic, quick-witted, and neither give in quickly to Regan or Carter's charms, keeping them off-guard (in Regan's case, until the very, very end). So perhaps these "birds" (as woman are called in this movie and the show) will remain significant others in the unknown and unseen future. See more »

Goofs

When Regan is talking to the telephone operator in the hotel where the bomb is being defused, one shot shows the mouthpiece of the operator's headset pointing correctly towards her mouth. However in the next shot from the opposite side, the mouthpiece is pointing in the wrong direction, away from her mouth. See more »

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Det. Insp. Jack Regan: No DOGS. The last time we had dogs, they bit every man present but the villains.
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Det. Insp. Jack Regan: I think they train them to bite squad officers.
Soames: That's not true, sir.
Det. Insp. Jack Regan: Will you belt up, Soames. Who fuckin' asked you?
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Best Spin-Off By Far
16 March 2007 | by integralesixteenvalveSee all my reviews

I will go with the majority opinion here. Sweeney 2 definitely beats Sweeney as the best film spin-off. No silly conspiracy stories, just good old fashioned blaggers and Regan and Carter doing what they do best. Not to say that Sweeney was a bad film, just it was too far removed from the series.

The story pits our favourite coppers against a gang of ex-pat blaggers who travel back to England from Malta every time they need more funds. As a highly professional, ruthless group, they are not easy to catch and Regan finds himself under the cosh, being pressured by his boss (Nigel Hawthorn) to get a result before the inquiry is taken away from them.

Sweeney 2 is more than just an extended Sweeney episode. It's considerably stronger in terms of both violence and bad language that even the ground-breaking series never approached. The fact that in the cinema it was certified 'AA' (now 15) but has always been an X/18 rated video shows that it hasn't mellowed over time.

Although the film drags badly in the middle, this is more than compensated for by the spectacular action scenes and a tense final 25 minutes. The scene where the blaggers crash a Ford Cortina through a shop window, and leaving a police car trailing in it's wake, is an absolute corker and one of the iconic images from the film (look at the video cover if you don't believe me).

Although Sweeney 2 is very much a film for fans of the series, I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good police yarn. There is definite nostalgia value of the scenes of '70's London and it's great playing 'spot the familiar TV actor' as the film included the likes of Ken Hutchinson, Brian Hall, Georgina Hale and Derrick O'Connor.


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