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The Sweeney (2012)

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A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.


Nick Love
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... DI Jack Regan
Plan B ... George Carter (as Ben Drew)
Hayley Atwell ... DC Nancy Lewis
Steven Mackintosh ... DCI Ivan Lewis
Paul Anderson ... Francis Allen
Alan Ford ... Harry
Damian Lewis ... DCI Frank Haskins
Caroline Chikezie ... DC Kara Clarke
Allen Leech ... DC Simon Ellis
Ronnie Fox Ronnie Fox ... Johnny Wextru
Michael Wildman ... Evelyn Simmonds
Steven Waddington ... DC Nathan Miller
Kevin Michaels Kevin Michaels ... Makin Trebolt
Kara Tointon ... Megan Barret
Tayo Walker-Allen Tayo Walker-Allen ... Neil


Jack Regan is a slobbish, old style cop whose unsubtle methods usually get results, to the annoyance of internal affairs officer Lewis, who would be even more annoyed if he knew that Regan was having an affair with his young wife, policewoman Nancy. After Regan disobeys orders and a shoot-out in central London following a bank hold-up ends in carnage, he is stripped of office and briefly imprisoned. However, thanks to the loyalty of his young protege George Carter and a little string pulling from his superior Frank Haskins, Regan is released to bring down the villains in a gun battle at Gravesend marina, ensuring the continued existence of his department - the Sweeney. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Act like a criminal to catch a criminal


Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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English | Serbian

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eidiki omada Sweeney See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,321, 3 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,345, 10 March 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Regan and Carter are shown driving cars, the real Flying Squad have specialist drivers. All they do is drive, and are trained to exceptional levels. The most senior officer in a car would sit in the front passenger seat, as was the case in the original TV series The Sweeney (1974) in which most of the driving was done by the "Bill the Driver" or other drivers. See more »


As Regan and Nancy drive across the Thames, the camera looks out of both sides of the car. St Paul's Cathedral can be seen out of both sides. See more »


DC George Carter: He's either done all his beans and gone skint or an opportunity came his way and he simply just couldn't say no.
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Remake of The Sweeney (1974) See more »


Pull Me Under
Written by Lloyd Perrin & Megan Cottone (as Meg Cottone)
Performed by Megan Cottone (as Meg Cottone)
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User Reviews

So Glad I Didn't Pay To See This...
26 August 2013 | by davetomkinsSee all my reviews

My my. You could tell this was directed by a mate of Danny Dyer's. The film itself was so far removed from anything that would happen in the real world it was laughable.

Ray Winstone as Regan was basically Ray Winstone i.e. he went around calling people horrible names and punching or nutting them. The plot was paper thin and there were many examples of "how could they be so thick??!!" coming from my sofa.

Decision making by the characters was just plain ridiculous and then there were the continuity errors and/or just generally stupid mistakes. Regan is on the way to a bank robbery; it is the morning and the bank is open. Somehow he is able to drive along the Embankment in London at 60+mph and there is NO traffic. And of course people hid behind cars & furniture during shoot-outs and naturally were completely unharmed.

The only good things in it were Ben Drew (playing himself as usual) and Hayley Atwell (although she should have known better than to take this part). Even Damian Lewis obviously just needed to pay the Gas Bill, as he was utterly anonymous as Haskins.

Please avoid this utter piece of total horse manure. Watch an episode or two of the original TV series with Thaw & Waterman on ITV4. It will be a far better way to spend 2 hours.

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