(Photos: Scenes from “Sweeney”)
Detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) was a member of London’s elite crime fighting force, the Sweeney Flying Squad of the Metropolitan police.
Jack’s “difference” was that he stood-out from most of the other leading men in films and on television.
Being over weigh and older, Jack was not the usual hero-type and his arrogant know-it-all attitude caused many problems.
Jack was a man who did what he wanted even when it meant disobeying his bosses’ orders.
He didn’t always follow the correct legal procedures.
His dedication to fighting crime was only matched by a stubborn perseverance not to stop until he had caught the criminals.
Jack had an ability to know a person’s character, to be able to access a situation and make decisions quickly.
Although Jack was an expert at catching criminals, he didn’t seem to care how it was done.
“The Sweeney” film began with a burglary and the action continued throughout the film.
Trucks crashed through the large warehouse door and armed men wearing masks rushed to begin their tasks.
When Jack became aware of the alarm, he immediately speeded to the location.
Known for using a baseball bat along with his gun during fights, Jack fought hard and mean.
Jack’s philosophy, ‘Sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal,’ kept him very busy.
During one of the dramatic scenes in the film, his boss, internal affairs officer Frank (Damian Lewis), took his badge and gun.
Instead of stopping Jack, he simply obtained another gun and continued to pursue the suspects.
Later after successfully catching the criminals, Jack’s gun and badge were returned to him.
He walked triumphantly across the squad room holding them up for all to see.
With only one friend, his young partner Deputy George (Ben Drew) stuck by him even when there was a chance of losing his own job.
Police woman Nancy (Hayley Atwell), attractive young wife of internal affairs officer Frank Haskins (Damian Lewis), was Jack’s love interest.
Whether it was a bank heist, jewelry store robbery or car chase, this film is packed with lots of action.
This was an interesting crime thriller British-style.
“The Sweeney” was a take-off on the 1970s British TV drama.
The name “The Sweeney” is Cockney rhyming slang for “Flying Squad”: “Sweeney” is short for “Sweeney Todd” which rhymes with “Flying Squad.”
The Flying Squad is a division of the Metropolitan Police (which polices London) that deals with serious organized crime such as bank robberies and armed sieges.
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