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S.W.A.T. (2003)



Critic Consensus: A competent, but routine police thriller.

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Samuel L. Jackson is a member of the special weapons and tactics unit in S.W.A.T., an action film from first-time feature director Clark Johnson. The disgraced Dan Harrelson (Jackson) puts together a team to protect a major drug lord (Olivier Martinez) who is offering a giant payday to anyone who can break him out of prison. Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, and Josh Charles round out this film that is based on a short-lived television series from the 1970s.

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Sgt. Dan `Hondo' Harrelson
Colin Farrell
as Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez
as Chris Sanchez
LL Cool J
as Deacon `Deke' Kaye
Josh Charles
as T.J. McCabe
Jeremy Renner
as Brian Gamble
Brian Van Holt
as Michael Boxer
Olivier Martinez
as Alex Montel
Reg E. Cathey
as Lt. Greg Velasquez
Larry Poindexter
as Capt. Thomas Fuller
Rod Perry
as Deke's Dad
Denis Arndt
as Sgt. Howard
Lindsey Ginter
as Agent Hauser
Steve Forrest
as S.W.A.T. Truck Driver
E. Roger Mitchell
as Agent Kirkland
Jay Acovone
as Lear Jet Pilot
Mario Aguilar Jr.
as Beat-Up Latino Thug
Michael Baker
as Range Official
Dianne Barone
as Newscaster No.1
Gregory Sporleder
as Robber No.1
Joe Bucaro III
as Robber No.3
Ken Davitian
as Uncle Martin Gascoigne
Reed Diamond
as Officer David Burress
Willie Gault
as Newscaster No.2
Bruce Gray
as Mr. Richard Segerstrom
Noel Gugliemi
as Latino Thug
Steven Hack
as Injured Bank Manager
Krista Hartling
as Motorcycle Cop
Daniel Ichikawa
as Sgt. Yamoto
Clark Johnson
as Deke's Handsome Partner
Tricia Kelly
as Waitress at Pub
Jenya Lano
as Monique
Iris Little Thomas
as Bank Supervisor
Nicholas Vachon
as Agusta Helicopter Pilot No.1
Ricki Lopez
as Agusta Pilot Helicopter No.2
Elio Lupi
as Hot Dog Vendor
Ricky Lopez
as Agusta Pilot #2
Peter Allas
as Bistro Gangster No.1
Alexander Lyras
as Bistro Gangster No.2
Alex Lyras
as Bistro Gangster #2
Jay Montalvo
as Spanish Newscaster
Neal H. Moritz
as Luxury Car Driver
Devika Parikh
as Jail Intake Reporter
Sheri Goldner
as Dispatcher No.1
Audra Platz
as Dispatcher No.2
Stephen Ramsey
as Lear Jet Co-Pilot
Ken Rudulph
as Reporter
Heather Salmon
as Wounded Bank Teller
Richard Steinmetz
as S.W.A.T. Negotiator
David St. James
as Polish Hostage
Shannon Sturges
as Mrs. Segerstrom
Andy Umberger
as Deputy Chief
Jeffrey Wincott
as Ed Taylor
Jeff Wincott
as Ed Taylor
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Critic Reviews for S.W.A.T.

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (49)

By-the-numbers explosion flick -- no surprises.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Solidly entertaining without being spectacular.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

he high definition SWAT training footage resembles a US Army recruitment ad, appropriate since TV journeyman Johnson imagines downtown LA as an unpatrolled Baghdad, swarming with guntotin' mercenaries pursuing their share of the bounty.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Is there an actual character in S.W.A.T.? A plot? A single intelligent or exciting sequence?

May 4, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…

There is something sneakily gratifying about all this.

August 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for S.W.A.T.

Kinda based on the American TV show but ultimately kinda not. Characters left out, new ones in, different ethnicity for the one member and turning one regular into the baddie. Kinda makes you wonder why they bother adapting these old shows if they're gonna change most of it. Luckily (amazingly) this film hasn't suffered too badly and is pretty much a stand alone action film, old TV show left by the wayside. When this was first brought up I instantly thought it would be crapola, just a weak timid action flick that would probably border on comedy. Much to my surprise the film is an out n out serious fast paced cop flick, more serious in terms of realism than say...'Lethal Weapon', but with less of the comedy. I think we can all guess its a film about a tough highly skilled elite team of cops, and this being a modern flick the testosterone is through the roof!. The clearly unfit Samuel L. Jackson leads a team consisting of Farrell, Rodriguez (again in another crack team of tough nuts), LL Cool J and two other faceless guys. In all honesty I think the team could have been better cast with better character actors from the 80's action genre, why we have to put up with these ex-rap/hip-hop stars with stupid names I don't know. The plot is sort of obvious but not completely, you'd expect the usual last stand type ordeal with a team but the film shows some imagination. The main bad guy spends most of his time cuffed with cops which is a brave move, the good guys tend to be always trying to gain the upper hand and never really in control and of course there is betrayal, which spices things up. Its not exactly hard to predict but it plays out a little differently than most cookie cutter action films. What is different is the fact half the film shows this team training, and what is shown looks pretty realistic I gotta say. Lots of skilled combat/hostage training with your cliched yet highly polished Top Gun-esq over the top camaraderie and macho showboating with liberal splashes of gun porn. It all looks slick sexy and makes you wanna run down to the local cop recruitment centre and get shooting. Oh those boys in blue do look handsome in their nice perfectly fitting uniforms and actionman body armour. The film isn't really very violent, it hints at some strong stuff, you just don't see it. I do tend to think that the film might have been much cooler had it been an all out adult film, bit more gritty and a bit less glossy perhaps. But in general its a solid action flick that you can easily enjoy without ever knowing the old TV show ever existed.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Watchable. Suspend reality of course.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


S.W.A.T is a film that had the potential of being a terrific, mindless and well executed action picture that relies on every cliché to create something that is supposed to be thrilling. Well, this was a disappointing and awful film that simply didn't do anything to entertain me. The cast were not well developed and the script had poorly written dialogue that was cringe worthy. I really wanted to enjoy this one, but it was a poor attempt at creating something truly awesome. This film started off with plenty of potential, but quickly ran out of steam. The film suffers from a poorly written, underdeveloped script that simply fails to try and deliver some thrills. However this is just a typical action film that doesn't break new ground despite its concept. If you're looking for a great and fun popcorn film, you won't find it here. This is simply an awful film with bad acting and poorly written and thought out direction. This film really could have been awesome, but it just ended up being a bland, uninteresting actioner that didn't deliver. There was some pretty impressive talent involved, but it was all wasted on a clichéd script that simply didn't know how to create something worthwhile to watch. This film is really not worth seeking out even if you have nothing else better to watch. This one is just a standard action film that is predictable and ultimately laughable. This was a wasted opportunity in trying to make something special; a\and despite good actors such as Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, this one just didn't have the ingredients necessary in making something really awesome and highly entertaining. S.W.A.T might have looked good on paper, but on-screen it is a train wreck that just fails on almost every level.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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