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Director: Clark Johnson

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez


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This action opus inspired by the popular television series of the 1970s has been given a well-rounded presentation for its release on DVD. This edition of S.W.A.T. has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (A pan-and-scan full-screen version is


This action opus inspired by the popular television series of the 1970s has been given a well-rounded presentation for its release on DVD. This edition of S.W.A.T. has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. (A pan-and-scan full-screen version is also available.) The original English language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, as has an alternate dubbed track in French; optional subtitles in English and French are also included. Among the bonus materials are two audio commentary tracks -- one featuring director Clark Johnson and members of the cast, the other featuring screenwriters David Ayer and David McKenna and the film's technical consultant -- as well as a collection of gags and bloopers, several deleted scenes, three short documentaries on the production of the film, a look back at the original television series, filmographies for the cast and crew, and more.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Commentary featuring the cast and the director; commentary featuring the technical consultant and screenwriters; 8 deleted scenes; blooper reel; "Anatomy of a Shootout" featurette, focusing on the weaponry used and the filmmakers goal of making the bank holdup scene as realistic and true as possible to the North Hollywood holdup of a few years back; "S.W.A.T.: TV's Original Super Cops;" featurette on landing a plane on the 6th Street Bridge; filmographies for Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and Olivier Martinez; "The Sounds of S.W.A.T." interactive feature on the sound design of the various gun battles in the film; "The Making of S.W.A.T..

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 Actor
Matt Gerald Nick
Page Kennedy Travis Shipley
Benjamin King Actor
Reg E. Cathey Lt. Greg Velasquez
Larry Poindexter Capt. Thomas Fuller
Ashley Scott Actor
Richard Steinmetz S.W.A.T. Negotiator
Shannon Sturges Actor
Jay Acovone Lear Jet Pilot
Mario Aguilar 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 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:22]
2. Off S.W.A.T. [8:35]
3. End of the Partnership [2:06]
4. Hondo [5:10]
5. End of the Affair [1:12]
6. Hot Shots [4:34]
7. Alex Montel [:50]
8. Chauffeur Duty [2:24]
9. Deke Kaye [:49]
10. Chris Sanchez [4:10]
11. A Second Chance [1:30]
12. Uncle Martin's Retirement Party [3:32]
13. S.W.A.T. Training [5:32]
14. Hijack Test [6:52]
15. Sparring Partner [7:16]
16. Polish Hostage [4:22]
17. A Deadly Day in Hollywood [1:03]
18. $100 Million Offer [3:03]
19. "Somebody Shot Our Bird Down" [3:59]
20. The Gangs of L.A. [2:38]
21. An Offer He Can't Refuse [5:06]
22. The Eastbound 507 [5:33]
23. In the Storm Drains [4:18]
24. Enemy Mine [2:47]
25. Plane on the 6th St. Bridge [3:06]
26. World's Most Exciting Police Chase [7:45]
27. Bridge Shootout [3:07]
28. Blood on the Tracks [1:26]


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