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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Payne, Claire Stansfield, Ian Roberts, Fats Bookholane
  • Directors: Darby Black
  • Producers: Danny Lerner, Elie Samaha
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTWUFE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,435 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Land mine expert Christian Erickson (Dolph Lundgren) makes a living as a barefist fighter, and is not interested when the Pentagon attempts to enlist his help tracking a land mine used in a terrorist attack on a senator. However, when the bomb squad's Michelle Flynn (Claire Stansfield) informs him that there is a plan to transfer a shipload of deadly mines to the United States, he agrees to help uncover the conspiracy before it is too late.

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I'm a big fan of Dolph Lundgren's, I think he is an actor of far greater ability than many realise, and to simply write him off as a muscle bound automaton is a big maistake.

Yes he has made his fair share of stinkers (but then again how many actors haven't?), but amongst them there have been some highly entertaining films, some of my favourite examples are:

Command Performance [DVD]

Dark Angel [DVD]

Red Scorpion [DVD]

Army Of One (aka Joshua Tree)

Cover Up [DVD]

This film 'Sweepers' is probably below most of the ones above in overall quality, but is some way from being a bad film and definitely has one of the more intriguing plots featured in a Dolph Lundgren film.

Released in 1998 the film is set primarily in Angola and big Dolph plays a character called Christian Erickson, he is a member of an organisation titled the Humanitarian Order of Chivalry, a charity that utilises teams of 'sweepers' to clear land mines in war torn countries.

The film begins with Lundgren's character on assignment in Angola, unbeknownst to Christian his 11 year-old son Johnny follows his father to a mine field and during a rebel attack is killed when he steps on a land mine.
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This is one of Lundgren's late 90's movies and a great movie it is full of action with a decent budget and a good story, Lundgren plays a sweeper a trained landmine expert, the best there is, he's a bit washed up after a tragic accident involving his son, he gets recruited by a woman who's a bomb expert to stop shipments of an illegal new landmine getting to the USA, like I said there is plenty of great action and shootouts and fighting all on a great budget, loads of big practical explosions etc. The cast is great, Lundgren of course playing the action hero lead and the sexy Claire Stansfield is the sexy bomb squad expert, if your a Lundgren fan or just an action fan in general this is a must see classic 90's movie!

DVD has a pretty decent picture (Hollywood DVD release)
Special features just include 3 trailers for monster movies Octopus, Crocodile and Spiders.
Region 0, 92mins, 1998.
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Sweepers is set in Angola, taking up the landmine issue. Dolph drunk, down and out is always an awesome sight to behold. Once he screws shut his hipflask the unscrupulous arms dealers get it in the neck.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action movie 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dolph Lundgren is now the king of testosterone-charged action genre, and his acting ability truly shines out as Christian Eriksson in this fast-paced, dramatic thriller. this movie has a lot going for it--impressive african sets, good acting and great special-effects, but also has a surprisingly intelligent script. All-in-all, I recommend this film for some intense viewing and entertainment(watch out for S.A's boy Ian Roberts as a baddie!). A good action movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BARGAIN! 14 Nov. 2007
By Angela Hailey - Published on Amazon.com
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Sweepers is a poignant movie told against hauntingly beautiful music and breathtaking scenery. It is the story of land mines in Africa. It stars Dolph Lundgen as Christian Erickson, a haunted mine sweeper who decides to leave the service following the death of his son. Claire Stansfield plays Michelle Flynn, a congressional investigator and scientist. The story revolves around the "new" triangle trade of weapons, diamonds, and profit. Although the movie may appear to be a basic shoot-em-up, I found it to be much more intelligent than that. Even at his most manly moments, Lundgren never descends into simple savagery for the sake of doing so. His words always seem to reflect the intellect that one would expect of a mine sweeper, and the sentimentality of any parent trying to cope with the grief of burying his son. Claire Stansfield portrays a truly refreshing heroine. She is an intelligent, talented woman who knows what information she wants, and is willing to get it. She's not to be ignored, or sent on wild goose chases, and clearly feels responsible for the unintended consequences of the proliferation of a weapon she helped to create. She is no TSTL (Too Stupid to Live) "damsel", and doesn't feel that the "hero" should have to do ALL of the heavy lifting. Most importantly, she's not afraid to get a little dirty, and when its time to move! she does so without asking a lot of unnecessary questions.

Although the acting stumbles in a few places, the flow of the movie is fairly consistent. When I saw the headliner (Lundgren), I was expecting another testosterone-packed Rocky IV/Universal Soldier creation. I was mistaken, and pleasantly so. The artistry of the movie, the timeliness of the storyline, and the intelligence of the plot truly impressed me. There are no strange lapses in time, and no anomalous jumps in location to leave the viewer's forehead wrinkled in confusion. That said, the movie has a wonderful soundtrack which mixes some African elements and songs with strong symphonic movements. The cinematography alone is spectacular. The movie is not meant to be a primer on the problem of landmines and never makes any such claim. It does offer some contextual information at both the beginning and the end, enough to encourage individual research.

Many movies about Africa, particularly those of Western production, focus on a few white [enlightened] people in a mostly[backwards] African country. It leaves one with the feeling that the African people are background to the more important white people, and in fact, that all Africans are disenfranchised and all whites motivated by beneficence. In this film, we see a more balanced approach that more closely approximates all people, i.e., that greed and avarice are truly found across the spectrum.

I stumbled across this movie in a value bin a few years ago, and I have continued to give it as a stocking stuffer ever since. I never get tired of watching it, and I am glad to share such a touching and inspiring piece of work about a little understood topic with as many as I can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweepers 29 Oct. 2012
By carnut - Published on Amazon.com
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movie was very good,action was great,learn about newer mines, cool movie propts. quailty was great, no damage in shipping. here my 20 words, i like it. movies set came on time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special. 28 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dolph Lundgren tackles the problem of land mines in this fairly amatuerish,predictable effort.Passenger 57 baddie Bruce Payne pops up as...er,the baddie.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad I cannot summerize 27 Nov. 2002
By Inspector Gadget - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a typical Dolph movie nor is it a typical obscure film. I mean it's obscure, but not in a cool new find way. Perhaps it's due to bad writing and directing but it just seems so different in terms of dialogue and plot development. For most of the movie Dolph sits around and drinks but after about an hour he finally gets down to some action.
He also sounds different. His voice is gravelly. Like he's smoked 100 cigars a day for a decade. But I guess this is him just getting into character, too bad it's not interesting but it's nice to see the effort. There should plenty for Dolph to get his teeth into here and lots of opportunity for a hot-potato of a movie. Land mines are a delicate issue but at some point in the movie it all collapses into standard action-man territory.
The beginning is badly directed, some shootouts seems really false and the trailer is, by far, the WORST I have ever seen. The DVD has plain old stereo sound with a pan and scanned fullscreen picture. Avoid it.
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