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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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Clark Johnson

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Robert Hamner (characters), Ron Mita (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson
Colin Farrell ... Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez ... Chris Sanchez
LL Cool J ... Deacon 'Deke' Kaye (as James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J)
Josh Charles ... T.J. McCabe
Jeremy Renner ... Brian Gamble
Brian Van Holt ... Michael Boxer
Olivier Martinez ... Alex Montel
Reg E. Cathey ... Lt. Greg Velasquez (as Reginald E. Cathey)
Larry Poindexter ... Capt. Thomas Fuller
Page Kennedy ... Travis
Domenick Lombardozzi ... GQ
James DuMont ... Gus
Denis Arndt ... Sgt. Howard
Lindsey Ginter ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.W.A.T. - Unidad especial See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeremy Renner played in Marvel Comics based movies. Colin playe Bullseye in Daredevil (2003), just a few months before S.W.A.T. While Samuel and Jeremy played the heroic characters S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, and archer Hawkeye, respectively, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In both his roles as Hondo, and as Fury, Jackson took roles that were originally scripted as Caucasian characters. See more »

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The flex cuffs the female hostage on the plane is wearing are not tied tight enough to restrain her hands, she can easily remove them at any time (probably to avoid any injuries or bruising). See more »

Quotes

Hondo: [Deleted Scene: Hondo Reviews Files at Home outside, hears a noise on the ground, then looks down at a deer from his balcony] Hey! Get the hell off my damn property.
Hondo: [Deer looks at him] There's coyotes up here.
Hondo: As a rule, they're punks, but if I was you, I'd watch my back.
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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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Referenced in The Tall Man (2011) See more »

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Do You Want Some
Written by Lennox Brown (as Lennox Browns)
Performed by Lennox Brown (as Buppy)
Courtesy of Brown II Productions
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For action fans
6 December 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

'S.W.A.T.' is a movie that does nothing more than deliver. It promises nice action scenes and gives us some. They look pretty good, so I guess in that way I can recommend the movie. The story is, of course, about S.W.A.T., a respected part of the LAPD. We follow a team with leader Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson), Jim Street (Colin Farrell), Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez), Deke (rapper LL Cool J), Boxer (Brian Van Holt) and T.J. (Josh Charles). They have to deal with a criminal named Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) who offers 100 million dollars to the people who will help him escape from jail.

The movie opens with Jim Street and his partner Gamble (Jeremy Renner) saving people from bank robbers, but they do that after disobeying an order. Both are punished but Gamble thinks Street has betrayed him so Gamble leaves the fore while Street gets a job out of action. The movie continues six months later, leaving us with the feeling we will hear more from the Gamble-character. We feel correct. These facts, and may be that Street used to date Boxer's sister, are kind of important to know, although every event serves the action or the one-liners that are not that impressive.

Yes, events are implausible, but not in a way they become annoying. For actions fans the movie does exactly what we expect and what we want, entertaining enough. If you are normally not an action fan, only when it is done very good, I should skip 'S.W.A.T.'!


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