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Sweeney! Movie Collection (Sweeney!/Sweeney 2) [1976] [DVD]

John Thaw , Dennis Waterman , David Wickes , Tom Clegg    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Barry Foster, Barry Stanton
  • Directors: David Wickes, Tom Clegg
  • Producers: Ted Childs
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42MWE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Double bill featuring both big screen spin-offs from the classic 1970s TV crime drama. In 'Sweeney!' (1976) a multinational oil cartel starts blackmailing the British Minister for Energy in order to secure its position in the world market. Inspector Regan (John Thaw) and Sgt Carter (Dennis Waterman) of the Flying Squad are soon called in to investigate. In 'Sweeney 2' (1978) the high-speed pursuit of a gang of ruthless bank robbers results in the death of an innocent bystander and the near fatal injury of Regan's favourite driver. Ordered by their new chief Dilke (Nigel Hawthorn) to apprehend the criminals by whatever means, Regan and Carter find themselves relying on the information of their old boss Jupp (Denholm Elliot), who has just been sent down on corruption charges.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big screen - more action 12 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
It is always very difficult to migrate the small screen success to the big screen, but here this cult '70s cop drama really gets the treatment that it deserves. The first offering is laden with many actors now household names, and shows a young Lynda Bellingham as a high class call girl (difficult to imagine after 'All creatures great and small!) with Barry Foster (Van der Valk) as her pimp and ruthless press agent for a Government minister. The action is fast and opens up the characters of Regan and Carter Well. Colin Welland also makes an appearance, as he did in the second series.
It is in the follow up Sweeney 2 however that it all comes right with the dream team of Kennedy Martin, Clegg and Childs giving the characters all they should have. In addition The music score by Tony Hatch adds a lot to the suspense. The language is more in keeping with gritty coppers on a serious crime investigation, plus there is gratutious nudity so popular in the period.
The Action is always interesting and realistic, and putting the two films back to back is the best way to see the developments and realisation of the scripts and characters. Highly recommended, paricularly if you have the video versions already as these editions are far superior. The 5 star rating given is in the context of Sweeney productions rather than as a world cinema ranking. Its' appeal is more to fans than the general public
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shut it! 19 April 2008
Format:DVD
Great stuff. A shameless world of birds, shooters, guvnors and cars like your dad drove..

This is how the Bill used to be before they adopted soap-opera style plots and policemen and women who look like catalogue models. The Sweeney movies are a wonderful mix of vicious villains and grumpy, randy, chain smoking, drink-driving policemen. Yes the clothes and decor are hilarious (check out Carter's migraine-inducing bathroom wallpaper in the 1st movie)but they are absorbing, exciting thrillers. Sweeney 2 is my favourite, as the action is offset by a surprising amount of humour. The bickering, occasionally bumbling policemen ( the brewery stake-out is hysterical)and the running gags of Regan and the telephonist and his frustration with his new driver make the characters that little bit more human than your average uk police show of the time. John Thaw's potrayal of shock and frustration at the bloody climax is truly moving.His rapport with Dennis Waterman makes them one of THE great double acts of '70s tv
Wonderful un-pc fun
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff from the sweeney boys 4 Jun 2007
By Kentspur VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There is a bit of a snooty myth going around that the Sweeney movies weren't up to much. Unpleasant cash-ins with very little to recommend them.

I must contest this view. 'Sweeney' - the most maligned - is a pretty good crime thriller. Okay, it's not Jack and George leaning on a 'snout' to get the 'blaggers' in the typical Sweeney way, however, as a sort-of political thriller, it holds together.

Regan is framed and off the force. Can he get back? Well, of course, but he also puts paid to a massive, American-led conspiracy. Diane Keen is great and, gosh, you do get to see a lot of her and the Oxo woman is a high class call girl! Goodness. Great period feel and I actually thought the ending was pretty sweet.

I was less convinced by Sweeney 2, which is generally felt superior because Troy Kennedy Martin wrote the script. Don't get me wrong, it is tremendous fun, but why these blaggers were shooting their own team members if they looked like getting caught was beyond me. Seventies blaggers were not famatics, they were professional criminals.

Nevertheless - great entertainment. Regan, drunk, trying to chat up the woman from the The Upper Hand. Superb.

Buy it and add to all those Sweeney series. You deserve it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking Cop Thriller With Unique Style 9 Jan 2010
By Bubba
Format:DVD
I've just watched Sweeney! on TV on what was admittedly a quiet night despite the plethora of channels these days - and if I sound like I was a tad reluctant it was because I remembered I'd already seen the movie years ago. What I didn't remember was just how good this film is. It's a cracker.
I was a fan of the TV series, from which the movie is a spin-off, originally back in the Seventies, so that may account for the onset of my amnesia - age taking its toll, alas. But the years have not blunted the action one jot.
If you like your heroes a bit dog-eared - by long hours on a hard job, boozing, smoking, trying to pull the occasional lady who crosses their path, prepared to give the bad guys a good smacking to get results, and above all, totally realistic, this is the stuff. Moreover, it does it so well, it deserves to be recognised as a classic. It broke new ground in UK TV/cinema, was much imitated but never bettered, and is waiting for a new audience to find, for whom the Seventies was before their time and sent up by the likes of Life on Mars, which references The Sweeney in just about every frame.
The plot's intrigue builds inexorably. When an informant's girlfriend apparently commits suicide, he asks Detective Inspector Regan (the truly superb John Thaw) of Scotland Yard's elite Flying Squad, to look into the matter as a favour. Initially sceptical, when the number of people who knew the girl suddenly ending up dead starts to grow, Regan begins to change his mind, and we're flung into a complex web of conspiracy with powerful and totally ruthless villains, some of them in very high places. Regan and his side-kick Sergeant Carter (Dennis Waterman) and high-class call girl and potential witness Bianca (a gorgeous Diane Keen) are all in mortal danger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As described, quick delivery, very pleased.
As described, quick delivery, very pleased.
Published 1 month ago by John Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're The Sweeney, son, and we haven't had any dinner"
During the 70's I was not a great fan of The Sweeney TV series, but, I saw both of the feature films when working in London in the late 70's and was hooked, particularly Sweeney 2. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barrie Robert Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia !
The first film perhaps wasn't as good as the second, but enjoyable never-the-less. Shame more films weren't produced during that period.
Published 2 months ago by M. Simons
4.0 out of 5 stars much much much better than the newest sweeney
great much better than the sweeney the latest movie it brought back what the sweeeney was about great great great
Published 4 months ago by ERIC HEENEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeny
same as minder like watching t v all over again in that era well done amazon was stocking all these amazing series
Published 4 months ago by Carol M Rowley
1.0 out of 5 stars no sound
I am thinking of returning it because there is no sound on it , when I tried to play them the sound was not there on both of them a complete waste of time
Published 6 months ago by jimmy hitchen
1.0 out of 5 stars I never ordered this
Why have you got me down as ordering this, I certainly would never buy this either for myself or anyone else. Yet you seem to have me down as the recipient. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Jan Vick Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars your nicked !!
both of these film I love. great acting by thaw as regan and waterman as carter. out of the 2 films they made I think the first one is better than Sweeney 2 but only just.
Published 7 months ago by millercol22
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweeny/Sweeny 2
The series on TV was more authentic and closer to what the Sweeney actually do, these two films were a bit of a disappointment never mind they are still watchable but only once.
Published 8 months ago by J. Piechocki
5.0 out of 5 stars The best-from the best
Look, the Sweeney is simply the best TV cop show ever made. Or at least that I've seen. These two movies are hugely entertaining, but very different. Read more
Published 8 months ago by harpoon guns to 'safe', please
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