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The Sweeper (1996)

A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Merhi

Writers:

Joe Hart (original story by) (as Jacobsen Hart), William Applegate Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Mark Goddard
Jeff Fahey ... Dale Goddard
Ed Lauter ... Molls
Kristen Dalton ... Rachel Gill
Janet Gunn ... Melissa
Felton Perry ... Foster
Max Elliott Slade ... Young Mark
Cynda Williams ... Diane
Kathrin Middleton ... Amy (as Kathrin Lautner)
Mark Knudsen Mark Knudsen ... Molls' Stepfather
John Saint Ryan ... Richman
Jim O'Malley Jim O'Malley ... Sean
Jon Ingrassia Jon Ingrassia ... Marsh
Christopher Allport ... Grubb
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Jeremiah Pope
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A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is recruited by a vigilante group with a leader (Ed Lauter) who wants only to kill all criminals and those associated with them. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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JUSTICE NOW without the constraints of the legal system

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

This was 'Max Slade''s (Young Mark) final movie before he went off to pursue a career as a rock star. See more »

Goofs

The level of damage of the cars change drastically between shots during the car chase. See more »

Quotes

Sean: You want to be a cop like daddy?
Young Mark: Shit, yeah!
Dale Goddard: Watch your mouth, Mark.
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Sunsplash
Written by Stephen Boyd and Chuck Hoover
Published by MediaScore (BMI)
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Star Chamber on steroids...
11 January 2007 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

C. Thomas Howell stars as Mark Goddard, a cop who witnessed his father Dale (The always welcome Jeff Fahey) murdered by mobsters, however as the lone wolf survivor, it's a psychological problem that carries over into his police career, after killing his ninth suspect, Goddard is asked to join a vigilante squad that wipe out the scum of the earth, however when Goddard suspects the squad had a hand in his father's murder, it's one-man-army time with C. Thomas Howell! The Sweeper, believe it or not is far more well made than you would expect. You go in expecting an overall terrible movie but come out somewhat surprised with the overall over the top approach the director treats the material with. The Sweeper comes from the kitchen-sink mentality in the way its action sequences are conducted. In other words this is a throw-back to the 80's, where action punctuated everything. However what is most shocking is that The Sweeper actually stays consistently entertaining even in its character development sequences and C.Thomas Howell makes for a decent action hero, although his haircut is pretty bad. Overall movies like The Sweeper succeed in delivering what you mainly expect and although the movie has ludicrous moments, The Sweeper works as an adequate action vehicle for C. Thomas Howell. Also for the bargain bin, this far exceeds any expectations.

* *1/2 out of 4-(Pretty good)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con su propia justicia See more »

Filming Locations:

Thousand Oaks, California, USA See more »

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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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