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At Theaters: 8/8/2003 On Video: 12/30/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 56 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399989
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Team commander Dan "Hondo" Harrelson is assigned to recruit and train five top-notch cops for a new Special Weapons and Tactics unit (S.W.A.T.). After weeks of demanding physical training, the new S.W.A.T. team is quickly thrown into action when a notorious drug lord, audaciously offers a $100 million bounty to anyone who can free him from police custody.
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Action Thriller - An exciting, action packed thriller with no graphic violence and lots of humor to keep it fun. You get pretty much exactly what you see in the previews.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Samuel L. Jackson BASIC, FORMULA 51, XXX
Colin Farrell PHONE BOOTH, DAREDEVIL, THE RECRUIT
LL Cool J DELIVER US FROM EVA, ROLLERBALL, KINGDOM COME
Jeremy Renner DAHMER
Michelle Rodriguez BLUE CRUSH, RESIDENT EVIL
Director: Clark Johnson NICK OF TIME, RENEGADES
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Production Notes Heading
The Drama Behind The Action
The Action Behind The Action
All About The Real SWAT
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 13 GD's, 13 S-words, 16 A-words. Several others.
SEX/NUDITY: One mild scene of a woman flashing breasts. No nudity.
VIOLENCE: Lots of shootouts and killings but nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A couple scenes of minor drinking.
ACTION: Lots of action and excitement throughout.
COMEDY: Very funny with lots of humorous remarks made.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "S.W.A.T. likely won't please fans of the original TV series, but the movie wsn't been made for them. It will probably satisfy its target audience, although, as with most disposable entertainment of this sort, all it offers is a brief distraction from the rigors of real-life, with no lingering post-credits buzz. S.W.A.T. will be forgotten by the next morning. To me, that sort of superficial, ephemeral diversion hardly seems worth the price of admission - but then I'm not the one paying.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "S.W.A.T. is a well-made police thriller, nothing more. No Academy Awards. But in a time when so many action pictures are mindless assaults on the eyes, ears and intelligence, it works as superior craftsmanship.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "By the time you've given up guessing whether S.W.A.T. wants to be a half-serious action pic or just affably jokey, its storytelling has turned so ludicrously melodramatic that it doesn't matter.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Actor-turned-director Clark Johnson uses the flashy, up-to-the-minute editing and camera stunts action fans expect, but keeps the mayhem on a recognizably human scale — it's big, but not insanely overblown.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 203 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
38
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
40
Very High
98%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
31
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
36
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
33
High
94%
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Farrell portrays Jim Street, a former S.W.A.T. team member, who along with his partner Brian Gamble (Renner), is thrown off the team in the aftermath of a controversial decision they made during a robbery/hostage standoff. Gamble quits the force in disgust, but for Street, being a policeman is his life and he agrees to a demotion, hoping to someday have the chance to redeem himself and once again wear the privileged S.W.A.T. uniform.

Street gets that chance when team commander Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Jackson) is assigned to recruit and train five top-notch cops for a new Special Weapons and Tactics unit (S.W.A.T.). The other members of the new team Hondo recruits are Deacon "Deke" Kaye (James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J), Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez), Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt) and T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles).

After weeks of demanding physical training, the new S.W.A.T. team is quickly thrown into action when a notorious drug lord Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez), audaciously offers a $100 million bounty to anyone who can free him from police custody. As they escort the kingpin out of Los Angeles and into the hands of the Feds, they are pursued by a ruthless and well-armed band of mercenaries.

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