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Clark Johnson's big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series S.W.A.T. stars Colin Farrell as Jim Street, a young special weapons and tactics team member who, in the film's opening sequence, is demoted after his hothead partner Jeremy Renner shoots a hostage while trying to kill her captor. In need of good press, the higher-ups call in SWAT expert Hondo Harrelson Samuel L. Jackson to put together an elite team that can bring some luster back to the badge. He chooses Street, veteran T.J. Josh Charles, and ...
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Clark Johnson's big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series S.W.A.T. stars Colin Farrell as Jim Street, a young special weapons and tactics team member who, in the film's opening sequence, is demoted after his hothead partner Jeremy Renner shoots a hostage while trying to kill her captor. In need of good press, the higher-ups call in SWAT expert Hondo Harrelson Samuel L. Jackson to put together an elite team that can bring some luster back to the badge. He chooses Street, veteran T.J. Josh Charles, and tough single mother Chris Sanchez Michelle Rodriguez. The new team survives a series of tests before hitting the streets. Their first big assignment involves transporting an international criminal Olivier Martinez to federal authorities. The criminal had offered a hundred million dollars to anyone who can bust him out.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
S.W.A.T. adheres closely to the conventions of police-action films. That helps the film during its first half. The filmmakers understand what the characters have to do and so they are relaxed enough to give the cops flashes of real personality. Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez have some genuine chemistry and they easily earn the audience's goodwill; Samuel L. Jackson is his usual engaging self; and Josh Charles registers with very little screen time. Sadly, when the admittedly brilliant high-concept second half of the movie begins, the filmmakers shift focus entirely onto the action sequences at the expense of the characters. That might have been enough if director Clark Johnson had a taste for action sequences, but he seems more comfortable with his characters conversing in a bar than he does when they beat each other up. Only Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal shows creativity and originality through the entire film with his amusing musical score that finds numerous humorous ways to recycle the theme song from the television show that inspired this just slightly better-than-average action film.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
This isn't a John Woo movie, or Bad Boys 2, or any of the other countless movies with wall-to-wall action and cardboard characters.... The movie's ambition is essentially to be the same kind of police movie they used to make before special effects upstaged human beings.
Chicago Reader - J. Jones
As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.
New York Magazine - Peter Rainer
There is something sneakily gratifying about all this: Not since the days of Earthquake have Hollywood producers so indulged their fantasies of trashing the town.
Daily News - Jack Matthews
The standout in the cast is James Todd Smith, whose acting talent may soon persuade him to shed his adolescent stage name of LL Cool J and concentrate on mainstream film roles.

As summer shoot-'em-ups go, this is pretty well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • UPC: 043396006225
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson
Colin Farrell Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez Chris Sanchez
LL Cool J Deacon "Deke" Kaye
Josh Charles T.J.
Jeremy Renner Brian "Poker" Gamble
Brian Van Holt Michael Boxer
James DuMont Gus
Olivier Martinez Alex Montel
Michael Ealy
Matt Gerald Nick
Page Kennedy Travis Shipley
Benjamin King
Reg E. Cathey Lt. Greg Velasquez
Larry Poindexter Capt. Thomas Fuller
Ashley Scott
Richard Steinmetz S.W.A.T. Negotiator
Shannon Sturges
Jay Acovone Lear Jet Pilot
Mario Aguilar Jr. Beat-Up Latino Thug
Peter Allas Bistro Gangster #1
Frankie Jay Allison Robber #2
Denis Arndt Sgt. Howard
Michael Baker Range Official
Dianne Barone Newscaster #1
Bridget the Midget Herself
Joe Bucaro III Robber #3
Brad Crosby Lee
Kevin Davitian Uncle Martin Gascoigne
Reed Diamond Officer David Burress
Martin Dorsla Hip Cop
Steve Forrest S.W.A.T. Truck Driver
Maria Galvez Latino Woman
Willie Gault Newscaster #2
Lindsey Ginter Agent Hauser
Sheri Goldner Dispatcher #1
Bruce Gray Mr. Richard Segerstrom
Michael Guarnera Paramedic
Noel Guglielmi Latino Thug
Steven Hack Injured Bank Manager
Krista Hartling Motorcycle Cop
Daniel Ichikawa Sgt. Yamoto
Lucinda Jenney Kathy
Clark Johnson Deke's Handsome Partner
Tricia Kelly Waitress at Pub
Jenya Lano Monique
Brian Leckner Cashier
Iris Little Thomas Bank Supervisor
Domenick Lombardozzi GQ
Ricky Lopez Agusta Pilot #2
Elio Lupi Hot Dog Vendor
Alex Lyras Bistro Gangster #2
Larry McCormick Himself
E. Roger Mitchell Agent Kirkland
Jay Montalvo Spanish Newscaster
Neal H. Moritz Luxury Car Driver
Devika Parikh Jail Intake Reporter
Rod Perry Deke's Dad
Audra Platz Dispatcher #2
Stephen Ramsey Lear Jet Co-Pilot
Ken Rudulph Reporter
Heather Salmon Wounded Bank Teller
Gregory Sporleder Robber #1
David St. James Polish Hostage
Arlow Stewart Homeboy
Andy Umberger Deputy Chief
Nicholas Vachon Agusta Pilot #1
Jeff Wincott Ed Taylor
Technical Credits
Clark Johnson Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
David Ayer Screenwriter
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects Supervisor
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Mayne Berke Production Designer
Todd Black Executive Producer
Chris Lee Producer
Amanda Cohen Co-producer
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Gershon Ginsburg Art Director
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Casey Hallenbeck Set Decoration/Design
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Dan Halsted Producer
Randi Hiller Casting
George Huang Co-producer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Betty Krul Set Decoration/Design
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Jim McClain Original Story, Screenwriter
David McKenna Screenwriter
Ron Mita Original Story, Screenwriter
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Steve Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Tronick Editor
Lars P. Winther Asst. Director
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Remarks

    I liked the movie, but did not appreciate the Polish remark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie and review commentary

    This is to comment on both the movie and the prior reviews. As far as this movie goes, &quot I&quot liked it, and I'm not all that easy to please. Samuel L. Jackson is, of course, a great actor. Colin Farrell is gaining strength as an actor. The others in the cast are not famous, but they all do good jobs, in my opinion. An action packed movie, which is what Hollywood was going for. It seems to me that a few of the reviewers were turned off by anti-Polish remarks in the movie, which they called anti-White and anti-racial (although they are, technically, anti-ethnic). Gee, I didn't even notice those, must be because I'm so used to stuff like that, all that kind of Hollywood stuff that is anti-woman and anti-feminist (i.e sexist). Seems those reviewers are Polish guys so they get offended with a few Polish remarks, but we women are so used to anti-women stuff done by Hollywood and commercial advertisers so we don't notice that stuff because it's everywhere. We don't call an entire movie crap or worthless due to it, but a few anti-ethnic remarks and these guys call an entire movie worthless. If we women did that, sheesh, every movie, liquor advertisement, book, etc. would be worthless! So don't misjudge this action movie just because of some bad jokes. We women have been ignoring that kind of stuff for our entire lives. You either ignore it or you end up boycotting everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hollywood formula rubbish - waste of time

    I sat watching this awful movie thinking it was a very average Hollywood action film, until it got to the part with the anti-Polish remarks. The tacky writers and producers, the director (and the anything-for-money actors mouthing the scripted words) should be ashamed of themselves but of course they are not - so long as the dollars keep rolling in. Poles and Polish Americans should not be subjected to racist abuse and insults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie sucked

    I caught this movie on HBO last weekend and it was so bad I cancelled my subscription

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hated this movie

    This was the worst movie of 2003. Enough said. Colin, can I have my money back?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SWAT

    I thought S.W.A.T was great,its pretty realistic and even more to my neighbor who saw it and said It was EXACTLY like when police go out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avoid -- Anti-Polish, Anti-European Bias

    This movie is absolute garbage. It's nothing but anti-White propoganda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    colin farrell shines once again

    This is a good movie. The action is good and pretty constant. There isn't one boring moment in this movie it keeps you interested the whole way through. Colin Farrell delivers yet another spectacular performance in this great action movie. This movie only helped to cement colin as the being the greatest actor in the world.

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