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CLASSIC CRIME CINEMA AMBIANCE FOR 'THE SWEENEY: NIGHT OUT'

The Sweeney: NIGHT OUT Year: 1975 Rating: ****

One of the best episodes of the first SWEENEY season stays mostly indoors, and in one small, shabby apartment room belonging to Mitzi Rogers as Iris Lohttps, Jack Regan's loose and lawdy, heart-of-gold lush ex-girlfriend living upstairs from a seedy bar where she works...

Providing NIGHT OUT a kind of neon-noir aesthetic that makes the tough, world-weary, gritty and experienced dialogue of the former lovers that much more pulpy and inspired...

And John Thaw's Regan is there for a reason because, in the style of crime classics like LARCENY INC, a group of robbers plan on breaking through the building into an adjoined bank, so it's a waiting game for the exterior cops led by a shallow, political, unapologetic T.P. McKenna's Det. Supt. Grant, who has authority-hating Regan's number from the start, which leads to a delicious 11th hour CLOCKWORK ORANGE homage, combining this episode's gangster roots with new-wave exploitation and even a Western-style barroom brawl for good measure.

T.P. McKenna and John Thaw in The Sweeney Clockwork Orange homage
John Thaw in THE SWEENEY: Night Out
John Thaw in THE SWEENEY: Night Out with Mitzi Rogers
THE SWEENEY: Night Out with Mitzi Rogers
Terence Plummer in THE SWEENEY: Night Out
John Thaw in THE SWEENEY: Night Out

 


 


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