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The Sweeney Complete Collection

John Thaw , Dennis Waterman , Various  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 2760 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SB5ZZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Complete 54-Episode Series Including Pilot Movie Regan

The Sweeney is the Flying Squad. It is a name derived from Cockney rhyming slang (Sweeney Todd = Flying Squad), used by police and underworld alike to refer to this highly mobile force of top London crime-busters. The revolutionary series that introduced a new kind of police drama, The Sweeney depicts the violent clashes between the Flying Squad and the deadly world of organized crime.

DI Jack Regan (John Thaw - Inspector Morse) is the total professional, a 24-hours-a-day cop whose commitment to his job has already led to the break-up of his marriage. Regan's partner, DS George Carter (Dennis Waterman - Minder), is a sharp, South London Cockney. Together, Regan and Carter lead a unit of skilled detectives who infiltrate and bust up London's criminal underworld.<br
Te epitome of 1970's style and attitudes, The Sweeney is action-packed with exciting car chases, fistfights, boozing, break-ins, gunfire, brash dialogue and a multitude of talented guest actors.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Did you ever wonder August 1, 2011
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Did you? what was law enforcement like in London in the 70s? I'm sure this wasn't 100% factual, but it's a snapshot in time. When you get tired of NCIS and CSI (wherever), and want shows with gritty realism, filmed largely on location, and the good guys don't always win a clean, clear win, a show with plot twists and turns, you'll love this. ONE PROBLEM: they should have Closed-Captioned this show. Yanks (like me) have a hard time catching every nuance of the UK slang involved in this. I decided to watch this after watching the UK version of "Life On Mars," which was closed captioned, and If there was ever a rough spot I didn't get, the CC would help me catch on in that series. If you can't get by that, get on yer bike, this ain't for you. Otherwise: Get'cher trousers on, you're nicked...Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good viewing June 2, 2011
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I bought this for my wife who is a big John Thaw fan. We both loved the Morse series and I found this earlier version of Mr. Thaw as a tough detective very enjoyable. Anyone who appreciates the acting of John Thaw will enjoy this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sweeney July 8, 2011
By Jazz_VO
I used to watch this series when we lived back in England. It was an excellent series. John Thaw and Dennis Waterman made an excellent duo. Their acting was superb and the story lines were not far fetched. If my memory serves me correct this show spawned a few others like The Professionals, but this was the best one of the lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Lars
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I found this to be another side of John Thaw, as a police detective Reagan, that really comes close to police work in the 1970's. The period clothes, cars and customs was a nostalgic trip, if you lived it. If you are younger I think it would be enjoyable to see what influence the 70's had on your parents. The UK brought fashion, movies and music to the US in the 60's and 70's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sweeney October 1, 2012
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Having just finished Life On Mars seasons one and two. I had to take the plunge. Not cheap, the set depicts a fast moving rather gritty british alternative to Kojak, McCloud, Columbo, ect. The Sweeney served as the inspiration for Life On Mars.
Fast moving ( for it's time ) you'll enjoy the car chases, roughing up of the bad guys, ect. Each show is fully independent
of the next. Some of the endings however; aren't quite the " happy endings " we've grown to expect. Lots of humor and british
slang circa 1970's. Though remastered, isn't quite up to the picture quality of the more modern shows. If you haven't seen Life On Mars you'll want to. Purchase the BRITISH release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Thaw at His Best April 29, 2014
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I have long enjoyed John Thaw's performances and understood that The Sweeny was his favorite. It is terrific. Each episode is dynamic but seasoned with humor.
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