Release Date: August 8, 2003

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In what is perhaps best described as "The Fast and the Furious meets NYPD Blue," S.W.A.T. is an action flick with a young ensemble cast about an elite team of LAPD cops that must protect an extremely dangerous criminal. Samuel L. Jackson will play the voice of experience amongst the youngsters - yes, I did just say "Samuel L. Jackson will play the voice of experience"- a group that includes Colin Farrell, LL Cool J, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jeremy Renner. Several actors had been slated for Farrell's role previously; in fact, the film was originally supposed to be a less "hip" movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (though Paul Walker and Mark Wahlberg were also in talks for the role). S.W.A.T. marks yet another step in Farrell's meteoric rise to stardom. If it seems like you've been seeing a lot of him lately, you're absolutely right - this will already be the fourth film of 2003 for Farrell when it is released in August, with two more scheduled for release in the fall.

The film is being directed by newcomer Clark Johnson, whose previous credits include edgy TV police dramas such as NYPD Blue, The Shield, and Homicide: Life on the Streets. The director was originally supposed to be Zack Snyder, whose only previous experience was in the field of television commercials, although Snyder eventually ended up deciding to helm the as-of-yet-unmade comic book adaptation Mage. Obviously, both choices for director give a good sense of the tone this film would appear to be going for- fast-paced, edgy, and high on the glitz and glamour. Indeed, with a good marketing campaign, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this film end up being the sequel that 2 Fast 2 Furious should have been. (Zach Kolkin/BOP)

Vital statistics for S.W.A.T.
Main Cast Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell
Supporting Cast LL Cool J, Michelle Rodriguez, Josh Charles, Olivier Martinez
Director Clark Johnson
Screenwriter David Ayer
Distributor Sony/Columbia
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.sony.com/swat
Rating PG-13
Running Time 117 minutes
Screen Count 3,202
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for S.W.A.T.
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Daredevil 2/14/0345.03 45.03 3471 12974.00 12974.0 102.54 102.54 2.28
Fast and the Furious, The 6/22/0140.09 42.78 2628 15255.00 15660.0 144.51 154.23 3.60
Recruit, The 1/31/0316.30 16.30 2376 6861.00 6861.0 52.79 52.79 3.24
Basic Instinct 3/20/9215.13 21.98 1567 9655.00 13493.7 117.73 171.06 7.78
Phone Booth 4/4/0315.02 15.02 2481 6054.00 6054.0 46.56 46.56 3.11
Basic 3/28/0311.51 11.51 2876 4003.00 4003.0 26.60 26.60 2.31



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