The 2003 film
- Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Anti-French epithets are tossed around pretty liberally, concerning the French villain Alex Montel.
- Acceptable Religious Targets: Street's coworker, a recent Mormon convert, is mocked because he frequently drinks caffeinated sodas behind his wife's back, knowing that she'd kill him if she found out.
"Gus, you're cheating on your wife... with fast food."
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme music, possibly the most thrilling musical creation of 1970s TV.
- Fridge Brilliance: How cool is it that a rapper lands a role in a film, based on a TV show, whose very theme he happened to use in a rap song ("I'm Bad") 16 years earlier?
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Jeremy Renner going rogue against Samuel L. Jackson's organization before it was cool!
- Retroactive Recognition: Jeremy Renner was a relatively obscure character actor when he was cast as Gamble in this movie. He wouldn't achieve widespread recognition until The Hurt Locker started generating Oscar buzz five years later. Then, of course, there was his appearance as a certain archer in a certain superhero movie, which finally propelled him to superstardom a big nine years after this movie came out. Made even stranger by the film also starring Samuel L. Jackson, who plays his boss again in The Avengers, and Colin Farrell who played Bullseye, another Marvel character whose abilities involved perfect marksmanship.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The trailers made it look like SWAT would have to fight off hordes of criminal gangs after Martinez's hundred million dollar offer to free him. There's exactly one attack by one gang, before SWAT is betrayed by one of their own for the money.