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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."
  • Awesome Music: The theme music, possibly the most thrilling musical creation of 1970s TV.
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  • 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!
    • Ten years later, Michelle Rodriguez engages in another car chase to prevent the Big Bad's plane from taking off with his hostages.
    • Deacon Kay relays what he would do if he had huge amounts of money that Alex Montel offers: he would hire Halle Berry as his personal trainer. This is within earshot of Montel. In real life, Olivier Martinez, who plays Montel, would marry Halle Berry in 2013.
    • The "Polish hostage" played by David St. James is apparently paranoid of robot aliens (as he says "It's the damn robot aliens!" when Street uses his "Key to the City" weapon to breach the house). St. James would have a bit part as a NASA scientist in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is about a robot alien invasion.
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    • Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner—who play bitter enemies in this film—went on to play Bullseye in Daredevil and Hawkeye in The Avengers (2012), two Marvel Comics characters known for their marksmanship skills. Amusingly, Bullseye actually became Hawkeye in Marvel's Dark Reign storyline.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The opening shootout can induce chills if you're listening to the police radio traffic that goes on between dispatchers and the cops engaging the bank robbers before the SWAT team shows up. The actual police chatter from the real Hollywood shootout, and paraphrased in the film, is, "We can't stop'em. They have automatic weapons, there's nothing we have that can stop them."
  • 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 Clint Barton in The Avengers, which finally propelled him to superstardom a big nine years after this movie came out.
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    • The lady who gives the officers a hard time for arresting a black guy is Octavia Spencer, who went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress playing Minny Jackson in The Help.
  • 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.


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