The cinematic spin-off from the TV series, Sweeny! sees hard-bitten, womanising Flying Squad officer Jack Regan (John Thaw) embroiled in a deadly political plot when an old friend asks him to investigate the death of his girlfriend. Framed on a drunk-drive charge and suspended from the force, with his partner and best mate George Carter unable to help, Jack must rely on his wits to evade deadly government hit-men and expose the real villain of the piece. Sweeny 2 gets off to an exciting start as Regan and Carter investigate a gang of bank robbers, and the suspense of how they are going to nail them is kept up to the very end. But the true compulsive viewing appeal of the film lies in the crisp, salty dialogue written by Troy Kennedy Martin and the sardonic humour that Thaw and Waterman bring to the partnership of Regan and Carter. Nothing can shake their loyalty to each other or tempt them into accepting bribes for bending the law.