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KEN HUTCHISON PLAYS THE ULTIMATE HEAVY FOR 'SWEENEY 2'

Title: SWEENEY 2 Year: 1978 Rates: ****1/2

Before the fourth and final season of the popular British crime television series THE SWEENEY, there were two theatrical films that hit the big screens in succession from 1977 to 1978...

The first called SWEENEY! centered more on John Thaw's Chief Inspector Regan in a kind of NORTH BY NORTHWEST where his young protege Sergeant Carter, played by Dennis Waterman, had such little screen-time at one point he chooses not to be seen with Regan's "wrong man" at all...

Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2 with wife Anna Gaël

Followed by the much more series-suitable SWEENEY 2 that goes fully-charged back to Scotland Yard's Flying Squad basics in what's a cop crime investigative drama mixed with buddy action centering on a unique group of bank robbers... 

All British-born criminals (and their ironically normal wives and children) living large in Malta until they sporadically need just-enough money to keep their communal lives rolling... 

Ken Hutchison setting up in SWEENEY 2

Their leader is STRAW DOGS villain Ken Hutchison whose Mr. Hill has various golden sawed-off Purdeys, severely pointed at bank tellers or managers only half-shocked since the gang had previously threatened these various insiders about the impending assault-like blags...

But it's not all aggressive crime as the most fun's had with Regan and Carter providing SWEENEY 2 some lightweight comedy, just as they'd combine thrills and non-deliberate laughs on the series... 

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in the hotel scene from SWEENEY 2

One great sequence breaks from the pivotal story centering on Carter dis-mantling a bomb inside a plush hotel while Regan does his usual attempt at womanizing... 

But the real suspense centers on those robbers getting more and more desperate and dangerous, and how our boys cut corners to use their experienced streetwise intellect to find out exactly who and where they are and might be next. 

John Thaw starring as Regan in SWEENEY 2
Dennis Waterman in the hotel sequence for SWEENEY 2 with Yvon Doval

Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2 with wife Anna Gaël
Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Sebastian Witkin in SWEENEY 2
Action scene in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw in SWEENEY 2
Diana Weston and John Thaw in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in SWEENEY 2
Dennis Waterman in SWEENEY 2
Anna Nygh in SWEENEY 2
Anna Nygh in SWEENEY 2
 Second in command Brian Gwaspari and wife Lynn Dearth in SWEENEY 2
Brian Hall with Ken Hutchison in SWEENEY 2
Sebastian Witkin steals the purdey in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison shotgun fishing as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison shotgun fishing as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison shotgun fishing as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison shotgun fishing as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison in-between blags in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw is the man in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw and Georgina Hale in SWEENEY 2
John Thaw and Georgina Hale in SWEENEY 2
Ken Hutchison in SWEENEY 2 with Lynn Dearth and Brian Hall
Ken Hutchison as Mr. Hill in SWEENEY 2
Yvon Doval and Dennis "Can I be of any assistance?" Waterman from SWEENEY 2
Roddy McMillan scolds Tom Bell in A PRIZE OF ARMS  and Roddy McMillan with John Thaw in SWEENEY 2
Poster for SWEENEY 2 featuring Ken Hutchison

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