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S.W.A.T. (2003)

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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 L.A.P.D.'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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where they were using facial recognition to identify Alex, ID photos of the film crew were used, as the high speed shuffling of faces on the monitor. On DVD, if you step through that sequence frame by frame, you can see almost every member of the film crew. All photos, in that sequence, were taken by Dave Nico, S.W.A.T.'s Assistant Coordinator (his photo does not appear). See more »

Goofs

When asking what Street did as a Navy SEAL, Hondo says, "So, what did you do for them? Sniper detail? Amphibious assault?" ALL Navy SEALs specialize in amphibious assault; it is their primary mission. It is even in their name (SEa Air Land). Hondo, as a former Force Recon Marine, would know this already. See more »

Quotes

McCabe: This was supposed to be simple snatch and extract.
Brian Gamble: Boxer was a threat, T.J.
McCabe: Boxer was my friend!
Brian Gamble: He was mine too.
Alex Montel: Stop crying. You can buy new friends.
McCabe: Don't give me any more reason to kill you.
Alex Montel: What are going to do, shoot me? You should relax a little bit, my friend. I'm the money here. Don't forget it.
Brian Gamble: We don't have time for this shit. Look, you can go ahead. I know this sucks. Let's worry about it in paradise, all right?
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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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Samuel Jackson
Written by Rob Werthner and Barry De Vorzon
Produced by Michael Baker
Performed by Hot Action Cop
Courtesy of Lava Records LLC
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Good action movie, but not enough Michelle Rodriguez.
9 August 2003 | by thefan-2See all my reviews

As cop movies go, this one isn't bad at all. It gives some nice background information about the characters without overdoing it, and the plot is satisfying if not awfully surprising. My main quibble is that hottie girl-jock Michelle Rodriguez didn't get enough screen time. It's nice to see she made the SWAT team, though, and we can always hope she'll have a bigger part in the sequels. On the other hand, Colin Farrel, who evidently has a modest following among female moviegoers, gets plenty of screen time. Something for everybody.

On the way to this movie we got stuck in traffic, and for a few minutes it looked as if we might arrive late. My son joked, "Oh, nothing exciting ever happens at the beginning of these movies anyway." As it happens, we got there just as the movie started, and I had to laugh at how appropriate my son's comment was. "SWAT" immediately jumps right into a ferocious action sequence, like a good action movie only in spades. Don't be late.


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