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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 L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director:

Clark Johnson

Writers:

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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You're either S.W.A.T. or you're not. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

When a location was being picked for the plane escape, one consideration was closing Interstate 405, or a stretch of another highway, on which to land a Learjet, but that was "out of their reach", so they shut down the 6th Street bridge, from six p.m. to five a.m., every night for filming, and used CGI effects for the plane's approach. The scene with the aircraft taking off, was actually done, with an aircraft equipped with a V-8 engine, so they could drive it down the bridge. See more »

Goofs

Street's hairstyle changes when he's driving Hondo around to look for a new SWAT crew. See more »

Quotes

Hondo: How can I trust a man who won't eat a good old-fashioned American hotdog?
Street: [smiling] He's a vegetarian.
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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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References 15 Minutes (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Shooter
Written by Robin Thicke, Robert Daniels, James Gass and Bobby B. Keyes
Performed by Thicke
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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One of the better tv-series-to-big-screen-adaptations
11 August 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

S.W.A.T. (2003) *** Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner, Brian Van Holt, Olivier Martinez, Reg E. Cathey, Larry Poindexter, Ashley Scott, Denis Arndt, Reed Diamond, Lucinda Jenney. Better than anticipated big-screen adaptation of the 1970s cult classic police drama about the elite Special Weapons and Techniques division of the LAPD skillfully directed by tv veteran Clark Johnson (who cut his chops on 'Homicide: Life on The Street' and 'The Shield) with the focus on an oily French baddie (Martinez) making a routine prison transfer a dicey situation when he proclaims to give $100 M for his release from the cops custody ensuing all sorts of pitfalls and unexpected turns along the way. The screenplay by Ron Mita, Jim McClain and Davids Ayer and McKenna keep things lively but allow the action to occur gradually after each new member is incorporated into the fold, and (finally) Farrell proves his worth as a leading man in a big Hollywood film as the head-strong yet by-the-book disgraced member looking for redemption and Jackson as his no-nonsense leader of the pack. Expertly choreographed action sequences and some needed humor add to the mix of the been-there-done-that histrionics that naturally unfold


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