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S.W.A.T. (2003)

Director: Clark Johnson     Starring: Samuel L. Jackson Colin Farrell
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Learn more about S.W.A.T.:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40232479
UPC: 043396006249
UPC 14: 00043396006249
Rating: Game Rating Code
See more in Action/Adventure
Even cops dial 911.
An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the lapd's special weapons and tactics team can prevent it.

"A solid action movie with a lot of heart and soul.  Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The best cop film since Training Day.  Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper
"Directed by Clark Johnson in an efficient and occasionally exhilarating style...  Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...well executed, with plenty of macho posing and gunfire.  J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
" of those action movies that could have been ruined if Jerry Bruckheimer had taken charge of it.  Kevin Carr, Film Threat

Editor's Note
Television director/actor Clark Johnson makes an impressive feature-film debut with S.W.A.T. Inspired by the 1970s show of the same name, S.W.A.T. is set in modern day Los Angeles. Recently demoted officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell) gets a chance to redeem himself when aging veteran Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson) is put in control of a new team. Joining Jim are Deke Kay (LL Cool J), Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt), T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles), and Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez), all outcasts in their own right. But after an intense training period, the team is ready to hit the streets. Their first big assignment involves one of the world's most dangerous criminals, Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez), who makes an on-camera declaration that he'll give $100 million to whoever breaks him out of jail. Pretty soon, everyone's trying to get a piece of the action, including Jim's former partner, Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner), who uses his own S.W.A.T. team experience to plot the escape of a lifetime. It's up to Hondo and Jim to outsmart the bad guys and make sure that Alex is safely transported to a federal penitentiary. S.W.A.T. is an entertaining adventure made all the more engaging because of the way Johnson concerns himself equally with the quality of the film's drama and its action.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/15/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 00624
Video UPC UPC: 00043396006249
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brian Van Holt
Video Cast Info Colin Farrell
Video Cast Info Jeremy Renner
Video Cast Info Josh Charles
Video Cast Info LL Cool J
Video Cast Info Michelle Rodriguez
Video Cast Info Samuel L. Jackson
Video Cast Info Gabriel Beristain - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Clark Johnson - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Tronick - Editor
Video Cast Info Chris Lee - Producer
Video Cast Info Dan Halsted - Producer
Video Cast Info Neal H. Moritz - Producer
Video Cast Info David Ayer - Screenplay
Video Cast Info David McKenna - Screenplay


Image Award (2004)
   Video Award Name Samuel L. Jackson, Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...The new-millennium S.W.A.T. provides entertainment quite apart from the diversion of flashy action sequences..." 08/15/2003 p.50-1

Los Angeles Times
"[The] cast -- including Farrell, Jackson, LL Cool J, Olivier Martinez and Michelle Rodriguez -- seems to be enjoying itself." 01/01/2004 p.C49

Chicago Sun-Times
"[T]his one has a plot and characters, dialogue and plausibility, and physical feats that an actual cop might really almost be able to perform." 12/30/2004 p.37

Total Film
"[A]ction-packed." 01/01/2004 p.30

"Johnson has an impeccable cop show pedigree..." 01/01/2004 p.136

ReelViews 6 of 10
S.W.A.T. bears less of a resemblance to the 1975 TV series from which it derives its title (and the name of its principal characters) than it does to every other 2003 action film. With its rapid cuts (sometimes around one-hundred per minute) and emphasis upon stylized action over intelligent storytelling, S.W.A.T. fits in nicely with every other teen-oriented summer blockbuster packing in the crowds at the local multiplex...The "S.W.A.T." TV series was a police show. The movie is a high-octane, brain-dead action picture that happens to feature cops as the characters. Viewed from a certain perspective, S.W.A.T. can be seen as having been cleverly constructed. The first hour uses poor pacing, inane dialogue, and failed character development to deaden the higher centers of the brain. That way, the second half of the movie, which really doesn't make much sense and is riddled with plot holes, can succeed on a purely adrenaline-fueled basis. Yes, during the second half, S.W.A.T. generates some momentum and sustains a moderate level of tension - even if it's all accomplished by smoke and mirrors...Of the actors, only Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight) shows a little fire. LL Cool J, Brian Van Holt, and Josh Charles seem to be working with an internal "mute" button stuck in the "on" position...S.W.A.T. likely won't please fans of the original TV series, but the movie hasn'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. - James Berardinelli

Variety 5 of 10
In an era of hyper-powered action spectacles, "S.W.A.T." arrives looking stodgy, without exciting heroes or villains, or, especially, the kinetic cinema to make it memorable. Nonetheless, this widescreen adaptation of the mid-1970s TV series is smart to be flagrantly unfaithful to the short-lived show...In contrast to the borderline insanity of danger and extreme action arranged by Michael Bay in "Bad Boys 2," tyro director Clark Johnson strives for realistic detail and action. Unfortunately, such adherence to technical purity proves to be a weakness for the movie...Johnson, who has superbly parlayed his stint as a Baltimore cop in "Homicide: Life on the Streets" into a terrific small screen directing career, and has shown a knack for depicting finely drawn characters in high-pressure situations, is too often at the mercy of a generally hackneyed script...Jackson and Farrell remain consummate pros throughout, but clearly have no new ideas for playing cops. Perhaps because of her character's novelty, Rodriguez comes off as more relaxed than in some of her previous, post-"Girlfight" work, and Renner (recently stunning in "Dahmer") does his part to keep things as interesting as possible...As the umpteenth cop thriller staged in L.A.'s streets, pic doesn't create a captivating new angle as, for example, Michael Mann did in "Heat," or to a lesser degree, Antwone Fuqua did in "Training Day"...A talented production crew, including lenser Gabriel Beristain, editor Michael Tronick and composer Elliot Goldenthal, has done better work elsewhere. The vast song selection is more inspired, with well-chosen tracks from the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Apollo Four Forty and even an end-credit tune titled "Samuel Jackson." - Robert Koehler

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jackson,Samuel L.
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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