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S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 8 August 2003 (USA)
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An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson
... Jim Street
... Chris Sanchez
... Deacon 'Deke' Kaye (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
... T.J. McCabe
... Brian Gamble
... Michael Boxer
... Alex Montel
... Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
... Capt. Thomas Fuller
... Travis
... GQ
... Gus
... Sgt. Howard
... Agent Hauser
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Storyline

Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. Written by John Wiggins

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Rated PG-13 for violence, language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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8 August 2003 (USA)  »

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S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,062,535, 10 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$116,934,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,725,639
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Trivia

As a "wrap gift" to mark the end of filming, Samuel L. Jackson offered the principal cast a signature 9-millimeter pistol with the letters S.W.A.T. inscribed on the handle. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Hondo is talking to Officer Burress about joining the S.W.A.T., there is a shot of the two talking with a mirror in between them. If you look at the mirror, then you can clearly see a large group of people staring at the characters, who are obviously bystanders watching the scene being filmed. See more »

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[about Hondo's S.W.A.T. selection]
Capt. Thomas Fuller: Sanchez is a woman and Street, well he's on my shit list
Hondo: Hey! I'm on your shit list too and I'm the team captain.
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Crazy Credits

Director Clark Johnson, who appears in the film briefly as Deke's beat partner, is credited as 'Deke's Handsome Partner'. See more »

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Just Because
Written by Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, Robert Ezrin (as Bob Ezrin) and Chris Chaney
Performed by Jane's Addiction
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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'Die Hard' continues to influence to this day...
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is no doubt influenced by the 'Die Hard' series. In this case, 1990's 'Die Hard 2' where the plot involved a drug dealer. A drug dealer in this case offers 100 million dollars to anyone who can bust him out after he is captured. Naturally, everyone with a greedy agenda, including some people that really make things sticky for the good guys, try to spring him. This film has a nice gradual build to its eventual payoff and Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson are in good form. I only wish that their characters had been a little better developed. It's nice to see a movie where a character has a particular manner, saying or habit that makes their personality instantly recognizable. This is one of the better films to be based on 70's television. Certainly better than the 'Charlie's Angels' films (rubbish).


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