History Trivia / SWAT

16th Sep '17 2:51:11 PM Frankencastle
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film came out in Fall 2003, right at the height of the Bush era -- and it ''shows''. Tellingly, the villain is a thoroughly despicable French criminal who's repeatedly subjected to [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey anti-French epithets]] (back when the French were still AcceptableTargets because they opposed the invasion of Iraq), while the Latina TokenGirl on the S.W.A.T. team is called "[[Music/JenniferLopez J. Lo]]" at least once (back when Jennifer Lopez was still a household name, and before ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' put her career on the decline). But far more telling is the portrayal of the [[CowboyCop rough-and-tumble methods]] used by the S.W.A.T. team. Music/LLCoolJ's character bashes a civilian for her "liberal" views after she dares to criticize him for roughing up an African-American perp in South Central, and there's an extended scene where the two main characters mock a S.W.A.T. candidate because he's never had a civilian complaint against him, and [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass prides himself on handling every past situation nonviolently]]. Considering the large-scale controversy and protests against PoliceBrutality and the militarization of police in TheNewTens, which made police reform a hot-button issue, these scenes couldn't possibly have passed a test audience a decade later.
4th Mar '17 11:30:27 AM nombretomado
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** Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise kept him from doing so. The role was also considered for MarkWahlberg.

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** Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise kept him from doing so. The role was also considered for MarkWahlberg.Creator/MarkWahlberg.
7th Apr '16 10:56:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Quite a lot of ''Series/TheWire'' alumni show up: Dominick Lombardozzi (Herc in ''Series/TheWire'') makes an appearance as Montel's bodyguard, as does Reg E. Cathy (Norman Wilson in ''The Wire'') as Lieutenant Velasquez. The film was also directed by Clark Johnson, a filmmaker/actor who played Gus Haynes.
** ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' viewers might recognize Velasquez as the owner of Frank Underwood's favorite barbecue joint.
4th Aug '15 11:25:48 AM dmcreif
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* BackedByThePentagon: Or the LAPD, rather. Actual [=SWAT=] officers appeared in the opening scenes of the movie, most of them in delivering the hotline between the negotiators and the bank robbers.

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* BackedByThePentagon: Or Well, by the LAPD, rather.LAPD in this case. Actual [=SWAT=] officers appeared in the opening scenes of the movie, most of them in delivering the hotline between the negotiators and the bank robbers.


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* The bank robbery used in the opening shootout was an abandoned building scheduled for demolition, so the film crew was allowed to shoot at it, tear it apart and do whatever they wanted to. They also had to get over 500 signatures from residents and businesses for permission to fly the helicopters at low altitudes for the scenes with Gamble, Street and the others being deposited on the roof.
* The officers who deliver the secure phone to the hostage takers in the opening bank robbery sequences were actual LAPD SWAT officers who were on the set as technical advisors, and got a chance to put on their uniforms and do it "for fun".
29th Jul '15 11:21:13 AM dmcreif
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* For the scene with the Learjet shootout, the Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed for filming. Just by chance, a high speed chase involving a stolen vehicle actually drove through as the cast was rehearsing the scene. At the time, the Learjet was parked on the bridge in such a way that there was just barely enough room for a mid-sized car to fit through, with a few inches of clearance on each side. At first, when the crew was told that a chase was headed their way, they thought it was a joke until they noticed the LAPD and news choppers above them. The crew tried to include the footage they got later from the choppers into the movie, but it didn't work too well.
29th Jul '15 11:00:16 AM dmcreif
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** Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise kept him from doing so.

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** Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise kept him from doing so.
so. The role was also considered for MarkWahlberg.
23rd Jul '15 10:43:29 PM dmcreif
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Dominick Lombardozzi (Herc in ''Series/TheWire'') makes an appearance as Montel's bodyguard, as does Reg E. Cathy (Norman Wilson in ''The Wire'') as Lieutenant Velasquez. The film was also directed by Clark Johnson, a filmmaker/actor who played Gus Haynes in ''Series/TheWire''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Quite a lot of ''Series/TheWire'' alumni show up: Dominick Lombardozzi (Herc in ''Series/TheWire'') makes an appearance as Montel's bodyguard, as does Reg E. Cathy (Norman Wilson in ''The Wire'') as Lieutenant Velasquez. The film was also directed by Clark Johnson, a filmmaker/actor who played Gus Haynes in ''Series/TheWire''.Haynes.
**''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' viewers might recognize Velasquez as the owner of Frank Underwood's favorite barbecue joint.
21st Jul '15 2:44:27 PM dmcreif
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* FakeAmerican: Irish ColinFarrell as American Jim Street.

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* FakeAmerican: Irish ColinFarrell Creator/ColinFarrell as American Jim Street.
21st Jul '15 2:44:17 PM dmcreif
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* FakeAmerican: Irish ColinFarrell as American Jim Street.
17th Jul '15 1:32:00 PM dmcreif
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
**In early development, the role of Hondo was considered for, among other actors, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/EdHarris, and Creator/TommyLeeJones.
**Paul Walker could have been Jim Street, but his commitments to the ''Fast and the Furious'' franchise kept him from doing so.
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