HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Undergods
Betrayed
Fried Barry
Once Upon a River
Cowboys
Atlantis
We Still Say Grace
Enfant Terrible
Nomadland
Playboy of the Western World, The
Bike Thief, The
Threshold
Virtuoso, The
Here are the Young Men
Beast Beast
Labyrinth of Cinema
Justice Society: World War II
Artist's Wife, The
Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Pusher III
Palm Springs
Devil Commands, The
Oak Room, The
Pusher II
Forget Everything and Run
Secrets & Lies
Red Moon Tide
Man with Nine Lives, The
Pusher
Pot Carriers, The
Black Bear
Don't Cry, Pretty Girls!
Portal
Me You Madness
Reckoning, The
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies
For the Sake of Vicious
Hell Bent
Straight Shooting
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon
   
 
Newest Articles
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
Network Double Bills: All Night Long and Ballad in Blue
Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out: Romeo is Bleeding on Blu-ray
British Body Snatchers: They Came from Beyond Space on Blu-ray
Bzzzt: Pulse on Blu-ray
The Tombs Will Be Their Cities: Demons and Demons 2 on Arrow
Somebody Killed Her Husband: Charade on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Maroc 7 and Invasion
Network Double Bills: The Best of Benny Hill and The Likely Lads
Network Double Bills: Some Girls Do and Deadlier Than the Male
Absolutely Bananas: Link on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Hawk the Slayer and The Medusa Touch
The Price of Plague: The Masque of the Red Death on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
   
 
  Sweeney 2 You're Nicked
Year: 1978
Director: Tom Clegg
Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Denholm Elliott, Ken Hutchison, Anna Gael, Derrick O'Connor, Lewis Fiander, John Alkin, Frederick Treves, Nigel Hawthorne, Johnny Shannon, Anna Nygh, Georgina Hale, Roddy McMillan, Patrick Malahide, Michael J. Jackson
Genre: ThrillerBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: A few of the Flying Squad are following a lime green Mercedes which they believe is carrying a gang of bank robbers, but after a while they lose it in the London traffic. As Detective Sergeant Carter (Dennis Waterrman) phones his boss, Detective Inspector Regan (John Thaw) to inform him, Regan has been called to be a witness at the corruption trial of their superior officer, Jupp (Denholm Elliott), but is reluctant to provide any back up so is allowed to go. However, he still feels a sense of loyalty to his old boss, so agrees to track down the gang involved with Jupp's last case, a gang who have just committed another serious robbery - with violence.

Sween-ey 2, Sween-ey 2, deh-neh-neh-neh deh-neh-neh-neh-neh... Well it may not sound right when sung along with the original theme tune, but this sequel to the more conspiratorial Sweeney! was closer to a TV episode than its predecessor had been. This could have been because a lot of the crew, including director Tom Clegg, had worked on the television series, and the extensive location shooting gave it the grit of what the Great British Public were accustomed to seeing transmitted into their living rooms. Add to that a script by Troy Kennedy Martin, brother of Sweeney creator Ian Kennedy Martin, that concentrated as much on the humour as the action and this was on a lot more familiar territory.

That said, being in the nineteen-seventies vein of adapting TV for movies because the hope of a built in audience paying up to watch it in the cinemas was there, this meant that just like in the sitcom big screen outings the characters had to go on holiday. Not to worry, it was a working holiday because we learn fairly quickly that the ruthless gang, who think nothing of killing off not only anyone who gets in their way but also their own accomplices if they are becoming a liability, actually are based out of Malta where they lounge by the pool when they're not planning their latest lucrative theft. Led by Maurice Hill (Ken Hutchison), they're something of a Costa del Crime cliché, but decent enough antagonists for the heroes, even if they don't actually meet them until right at the end and then there's no dialogue between them.

There's a feeling that there wasn't the requisite amount of plot and intrigue in Martin's script, so there's an awful lot of padding here. There's a whole subplot that has nothing to do with the rest of film with a Frenchman dismantling a bomb in his hotel room which leads up to two punchlines: all the police and army present helping themselves to free booze in the bar, and Regan chatting up the switchboard girl (Georgina Hale), giving her his front door key only for it be returned in a manner he doesn't find amusing. There's a lot the longsuffering Regan doesn't find amusing, almost constantly tested by his lifestyle and work, whether it's a new driver who turns out to be an posh vegetarian or the finale which sees him corner the bad guys but botching the point of the operation, to bring them in. So if Sweeney 2 is a stretched out, more sweary and violent TV episode, at least there are laughs and the occasional pulse-quickening sequence; the Sweeney films don't betray their source as much as some TV adaptations might. Music by Tony Hatch.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3523 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: