History Series / TheSweeney

18th Jul '17 4:53:36 AM sephjnr
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* BigDamnMovie: The 1977 movie featured a complex espionage plot with an attempt to assassinate a foreign ambassador. However they seemed to realise this was silly, so in the second spinoff they went stuck to foiling ''particularly nasty'' bank robberies- this ended up DarkerAndEdgier with a higher body count than the whole TV run combined.

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* BigDamnMovie: The 1977 movie featured a complex espionage plot blackmail conspiracy attempting to influence oil prices, with an attempt to assassinate a foreign ambassador.collateral murders the only reason the Sweeney are involved. However they seemed to realise this was silly, so in the second spinoff they went stuck to foiling ''particularly nasty'' bank robberies- this ended up DarkerAndEdgier with a higher body count than the whole TV run combined.
18th Jul '17 4:40:45 AM sephjnr
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** [[spoiler: the only times the guns are used on people, however, are [[ChekhovsGun on wounded crew members]] and to escape the Sweeney [[DrivenToSuicide the only way out they could.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: the only times the guns are used on people, however, are [[ChekhovsGun used on people]], however, are [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness on wounded crew members]] and to escape the Sweeney [[DrivenToSuicide the only way out they could.]]]]
18th Jul '17 4:38:19 AM sephjnr
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The second episode, Jackpot, has a captured bank robber interrogated for the whereabouts of a missing take. [[spoiler: he pulled the heist to fund a kidney transplant for his daughter abroad, and the villains aren't keen to honour his share after his arrest and imprisonment.]]



* SpecialGuest: Creator/MorecambeAndWise. (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman found it hard to keep a straight face around them; they also did a spoof of ''The Sweeney'' on their sketch programme.)

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* SpecialGuest: Most notably Creator/MorecambeAndWise. (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman found it hard to keep a straight face around them; they also did a spoof of ''The Sweeney'' on their sketch programme.)) Several other people [[RetroactiveRecognition who became famous after the series ended]] had smaller parts.



-->"Hold it right there, squire. You are privileged to be looking down the barrels of a gold-plated Purdey shotgun. Now as a bank manager, you'll appreciate that any man capable of cutting a gun like that in half wouldn't think twice about cutting you in half." [[spoiler: the only times the guns are used on people, however are [[ChekhovsGun on wounded crew members]] and to escape the Sweeney [[DrivenToSuicide the only way out they could.]]]]

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-->"Hold it right there, squire. You are privileged to be looking down the barrels of a gold-plated Purdey shotgun. Now as a bank manager, you'll appreciate that any man capable of cutting a gun like that in half wouldn't think twice about cutting you in half." [[spoiler: "
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the only times the guns are used on people, however however, are [[ChekhovsGun on wounded crew members]] and to escape the Sweeney [[DrivenToSuicide the only way out they could.]]]]
18th Jul '17 4:28:51 AM sephjnr
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* BigDamnMovie: The 1977 movie featured a complex espionage plot with an attempt to assassinate a foreign ambassador. However they seemed to realise this was silly, so in the second spinoff they went stuck to foiling ''particularly nasty'' bank robberies.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Jack Regan suffers this in the 1978 movie when an armed robber evades capture by putting a sawn-off shotgun in his mouth. And it's not just blood either. Regan realistically freaks out and frantically scrubs his face clean.

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* BigDamnMovie: The 1977 movie featured a complex espionage plot with an attempt to assassinate a foreign ambassador. However they seemed to realise this was silly, so in the second spinoff they went stuck to foiling ''particularly nasty'' bank robberies.
robberies- this ended up DarkerAndEdgier with a higher body count than the whole TV run combined.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Jack Regan suffers this in the 1978 movie when an armed robber evades capture by putting a sawn-off shotgun in his mouth. And it's not just blood either. Regan realistically freaks out and doesn't sell it until he reaches the bathroom, then frantically scrubs his face clean.clean before venting his anger at the criminals escaping justice.



* TheMovie: Two theatrically released films were made between seasons, both made by the same cast and crew as the television show and both DarkerAndEdgier (the second film has a higher body count than the whole TV run combined)



-->"Hold it right there, squire. You are privileged to be looking down the barrels of a gold-plated Purdey shotgun. Now as a bank manager, you'll appreciate that any man capable of cutting a gun like that in half wouldn't think twice about cutting you in half."

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-->"Hold it right there, squire. You are privileged to be looking down the barrels of a gold-plated Purdey shotgun. Now as a bank manager, you'll appreciate that any man capable of cutting a gun like that in half wouldn't think twice about cutting you in half."" [[spoiler: the only times the guns are used on people, however are [[ChekhovsGun on wounded crew members]] and to escape the Sweeney [[DrivenToSuicide the only way out they could.]]]]
15th May '17 7:32:15 PM nombretomado
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* {{Oireland}}: The series gains a touch of the Oirish in an episode involving TheTroubles.

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* {{Oireland}}: The series gains a touch of the Oirish in an episode involving TheTroubles.UsefulNotes/TheTroubles.
21st Dec '16 2:52:00 PM Discar
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The characters were rough, hard-drinking and, by modern standards, highly sexist. Regan, while over forty, greying and divorced, was successful with women as [[AmanIsNotAVirgin part of his macho image]] (although his sex life became a plot point sometimes). Carter was married and a bit more stable and reliable than his "Guv'nor". In fact, Regan's "Guv'nor", Superintendent Haskins, felt Carter should be reassigned because Regan was a bad influence on him.

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The characters were rough, hard-drinking and, by modern standards, highly sexist. Regan, while over forty, greying and divorced, was successful with women as [[AmanIsNotAVirgin part of his macho image]] image (although his sex life became a plot point sometimes). Carter was married and a bit more stable and reliable than his "Guv'nor". In fact, Regan's "Guv'nor", Superintendent Haskins, felt Carter should be reassigned because Regan was a bad influence on him.
6th Feb '16 8:04:54 AM DeepRed
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!

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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in [[GoodOldFisticuffs brutal hand-to-hand battles battles]] fought with [[ImprovisedWeapon pick-axe handles, iron bars, bars]], fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car [[EveryCarIsAPinto crashed and burned, burned]], the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!



A [[Film/TheSweeney movie adaptation of the show]] has been released in 2012.

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A [[Film/TheSweeney movie adaptation of the show]] has been was released in 2012.


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* PlayingGertrude: Although John Thaw was only 32 when the show premiered, his character Regan was well into his forties.
6th Jan '16 10:19:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''Cool for Cats'';

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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' ''Music/{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''Cool for Cats'';
16th Mar '15 11:59:01 AM AgProv
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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got). There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!

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British television cop shows had been undergoing a steady evolution from the light-hearted ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' to the relatively gritty ''Series/ZCars''. ''The Sweeney'' took this to the next level, with an unprecedented level of violence, cynicism, and bad language (albeit that it was still PG-rated; "bastard" was as bad as it got).got)[[note]] thery were allowed one "fucking", though. It was used to [[PrecisionFStrike effect]].[[/note]]. There was at least one car chase, fist fight or gunfight per episode. Unlike most British policemen, Regan and Carter were often armed, but the squad frequently took down criminal gangs in brutal hand-to-hand battles fought with pick-axe handles, iron bars, fists and boots. Unlike the almost-contemporary ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' the violent action did not have a ''Film/JamesBond''-movie feel to it, being instead down-and-dirty, and sometimes quite shocking. Gunfire was seldom [[OnlyAFleshWound non-lethal]] and people who got hurt stayed hurt. If a car crashed and burned, the people inside didn't climb out as in ''Series/TheATeam'', either!
16th Mar '15 11:56:09 AM AgProv
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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''cool for Cats'';

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* {{Homage}}: London band ''{{Squeeze}}'' homaged this show in the song ''cool ''Cool for Cats'';



-->It's funny how their missus' always look the bleeding same!

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-->It's funny how their missus' missus always look looks the bleeding same!
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