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Sweeney! Reviews

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July 29, 2015
Good film spinoff of a classic series.
Due to the fact that it's a movie and not made to shown on day time TV, it is allowed to be more gritty and violent than the show makes it a interesting watch for any fan of the show, and one to watch for any fan of 70's crime thrillers.
May 6, 2013
A good fast paced political crime thriller in the old style of policing. Fun watch.
February 7, 2013
Between 1974 and 1978, The Sweeney was the most popular police drama on British TV, getting over 15 million viewers at a time. As a result, EMI Films offered them the chance to make a film version, which they thought would make them famous overseas. They couldn't refuse, while that didn't work, it was still a very successful film in the UK. It still holds it's own to this day as a gritty and powerful police drama. DI Jack Regan (John Thaw) and DS George Carter (Dennis Waterman) are part of Scotland Yard's Flying Squad, they have a tough stance on crime, acting like the criminals they're sent out to nab. Here, they get involved in something very high up, involving government minister Charles Baker (Ian Bannen), who is in the middle of a deal regarding Britain's position in the world oil market, Baker's American Press Secretary Elliot McQueen (Barry Foster), is a shady character whose clients are dubious people. When a prostitute turns up dead, Regan begins to think that Baker and McQueen are involved, and the deeper Regan and Carter get, the body count goes up. While the TV series was quite tame, here they had they opportunity to add sex, violence and bad language, it's well made and it's a who's who of British film and TV of that time, it's success enabled them to make a sequel a year later, which was more of the same.
½ September 18, 2012
An above average violent thriller from the 70s, but it ends loosely and Morse, sorry I mean Thaw, is far too over dramatic.
½ August 22, 2011
The Sweeney was one of the most popular and violent TV cop shows of the 70's in the UK and is fondly remembered by those that watched it in it's heyday which followed the rough and tough officers of The Flying Squad. Free from the restrictions of television guidelines and budgets, the makers of Sweeney! show us what a sleazy and violent world 1976 London can be. The plot is complicated with some holes and the violence level does get quite shocking at times, but the location shooting is superb, the music is great and the action pieces are a real joy. As is the dialogue, one of the main reasons why I loved the Sweeney is because of its irresistibly quotable dialogue, and here there is some really juicy dialogue. The late great John Thaw is outstanding as Regan, and Dennis Waterman is delightful as Carter. Their chemistry together is wholly believable as well, and I also enjoyed the performances of Colin Welland, Barry Foster and Diane Keen. Overall, a worthy movie with flaws and not as good as the TV show, but it is very entertaining on the whole.
½ August 22, 2011
The Sweeney was one of the most popular and violent TV cop shows of the 70's in the UK and is fondly remembered by those that watched it in it's heyday which followed the rough and tough officers of The Flying Squad. Free from the restrictions of television guidelines and budgets, the makers of Sweeney! show us what a sleazy and violent world 1976 London can be. The plot is complicated with some holes and the violence level does get quite shocking at times, but the location shooting is superb, the music is great and the action pieces are a real joy. As is the dialogue, one of the main reasons why I loved the Sweeney is because of its irresistibly quotable dialogue, and here there is some really juicy dialogue. The late great John Thaw is outstanding as Regan, and Dennis Waterman is delightful as Carter. Their chemistry together is wholly believable as well, and I also enjoyed the performances of Colin Welland, Barry Foster and Diane Keen. Overall, a worthy movie with flaws and not as good as the TV show, but it is very entertaining on the whole.
½ February 1, 2011
Scales up the sex and violence for the big screen, with a framed up sex murder right off the bat, a la Profumo Affair. This is followed up quickly by a street fight and a number of machine gun killings. Foster is great as the Americanized villain, throwing in vague oil politics and a throwaway phone call to Ted Kennedy(?!). Thaw brings some expected edge, Waterman a little humor, and they drop references to Magnificent Seven and Dog Day Afternoon so as to simultaneously date the production and wink at their audience. I particularly liked the serialized feel of the ending, as a more bitter and melodramatic turn from jokily filmic - but the less said in detail on that, the better.
August 15, 2010
Big Screen Version of The Sweeney with John Thaw and Dennis Waterman reprising their roles. The film is very dated now but in away that makes it more fun and in 90 mins they seem to fit in everything the TV show was famous for such as Regan (John Thaw) pissed up (The days when DI‚??s could drink and drive!), all the classic quotes (Shut it & Get in the car george!) and the fight at the gasworks in Fulham! All classic Sweeney! The films itself is very good and has a bigger more polished feel about it, Waterman and Thaw are on form, the plot is abit complex, including politics, Blackmail and dodgy 70s hitmen! I liked the unexpected ending as well! Their were two Sweeney films made for the Cinema so will be checking out ‚??Sweeney 2‚?? soon.
July 13, 2010
Too many plot holes in Ranald Graham’s thriller, though David Wickes tries to keep the action moving with extra violence. A bit of a departure from The Sweeney on TV in terms of the “government conspiracy” back-story, and the story fails to carry it through.
December 27, 2009
Big screen adaptation of the popular 70's TV series - and a pretty decent one at that. A gritty thriller, much like the series, with plenty of action (though some is a bit over-the-top) and a smattering of familiar British character actors early in their careers.
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