SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 11 Feb 2019, 14:23

lt.brannigan wrote:I was considering getting it anyway, just cause I could use a new copy of Bridge of Dragons.

Cool, keep me posted then!
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 04 Mar 2019, 11:53

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Very pleasantly surprised to find this Dolph Lundgren collection in the dump bin at Walmart. I usually stay far away from these crummy dvds from Echo Bridge, but in this collection are widescreen transfers of SWEEPERS and BRIDGE OF DRAGONS, which have never been available before in 1:85:1. The quality isn’t great, though. They cram four movies to a disc. But still. $5!

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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby bomaz on 14 Apr 2019, 09:24

A little review (kinda) of the movie.
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 19 Jun 2019, 10:32

Rare Russian VHS

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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 13 Jul 2019, 00:19

The Gratuitous B-Movie Column: Sweepers
https://411mania.com/movies/the-gratuit ... -sweepers/
The soundtrack by Serge Colbert is fairly memorable, as is the music of Angolan musician Waldemar Bastos that’s used throughout the movie. The song “Sofrimento” that plays over the end credits is haunting and beautiful. How the hell did the production get Bastos involved in this movie?

Sweepers is a terrific action movie. Filled with multiple explosions and copious amounts of gunplay, it’s one of the star Lundgren’s best of the 1990’s. It has an odd opening, sure, but even when the movie is awkward it’s still quite good. If you’re a Dolph Lundgren fan and you haven’t seen Sweepers, do yourself a favor and track it down and check it out. I think you’ll like it.

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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 15 Apr 2020, 12:05

Russian home video promotional poster

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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 22 Jul 2020, 13:11

*INTERVIEW* ACTION DIRECTOR KEONI WAXMAN COMES TO CHAT WITH ME
https://www.actionreloaded.com/intervie ... t-with-me/
AR: Three years after your directional debut you got the opportunity to work with Dolph Lundgren in the actioner ‘Sweepers’. This was your debut solid action movie, how did you find the challenge?

KW: ‘Sweepers’ was around 1997 and back then Dolph was the greatest guy you could ever meet on an action set. Really smart and cool guy. I remember being excited shooting with him every day. We shot in South Africa so I was out of my element but Dolph was super cool and made me feel at home. I ended up doing ‘Sweepers’ because I had a deal with a company that optioned a script I wrote about Hollywood pool hustlers and asked me to do a couple of action films for them. Other side of the world, huge sets, tons of things to blow up, amazing animals to film and a budget bigger than all my previous films combined. Okay, done. I was shooting for weeks upon weeks and meeting people who became lifelong friends. The coolest thing was lining five boxcars with det-cord and attaching them to a classic “Thomas the Tank Engine”-style engine, then running the train across an old water bridge with my friend Wade Eastwood doubling for Dolph and leaping off of the moving train as it exploded and pitching into the water. Talk about heaven. Then we set the entire side of the mountain on fire and it took our whole crew running around with branches to put it out. Perfection, right? Anyway, that was the kick-ass part of ‘Sweepers’. The not-so-kick-ass part was when I wrapped and got back to LA to post the film. And I’ve said this before, but that’s when the cliches happen in Hollywood they aren’t as in the movies – they just happen and you deal with it; Producers wanting more action and more explosions, demanding things being cut into the film that are terrible or don’t work all for the sake of a bigger, louder trailer – anyway you’ve heard the stories. Short of it is – ‘Sweepers’ was an amazing experience that turned into about 2/3 of a good film and 1/3 of a learning experience. So after almost two years of fighting, I decided to take a break from action and go back to the quiet moments in films.
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Krom on 23 Jul 2020, 22:07

Well, then let’s see a Director’s Cut/workprint for this one too!
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby Jox on 24 Jul 2020, 11:05

I wish! :wink: 8)
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby alex.sp89 on 24 Jul 2020, 16:00

I don't know if workprint was superior that the released cut , but this movie had potential..

It has some pluses: location Africa, soundtrack. story wasn't bad, message of the movie.

Minuses: realization of this story was bad, incoherent editing, Dolph wardrobe and hairstyle at the beginning of the movie, acting of supportive cast, lead female looks awful with plastic on the face, lips, story wasn't developed 100 percent or many non action scenes were deleted during post production, Dolph drunk for half of the movie, action scenes were bad choreographed (bad angles, goof etc). It could be a good action movie like Peacemaker (1997) with George Clooney, Nicole Kidman. No intrigue of the story in the middle of the movie, boring as hell cliches...
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Re: SWEEPERS (Keoni Waxman, 1998)

Postby bomaz on 11 Aug 2020, 18:16

Waldemar Bastos, the singer who had 2 songs on the Sweeper soundtrack, died last sunday.
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