Clint Eastwood plays a veteran detective who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German crook (Raul Julia.)

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Nick Pulovski is a cop, who is presently assigned to the auto theft division and who for the most part of his career has not done anything worthwhile. But when he discovers that a man named Strom is the brains behind a major car theft and chop shop ring, he sees this as his opportunity to do something. After his partner is killed, the case is then transfered to homicide, so he is taken off the case. And he is assigned a new partner, David Ackerman. a cop who has just recently been promoted to detective. But Pulovski feeling as if Strom is his decides to continue pursuing him but Ackerman who tries to play by the rules is not sure what to do, and he is also a little afraid cause of a childhood incident. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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What could a veteran and a rookie cop do this Christmas.


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7 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El principiante  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,633,874 (USA)
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Trivia

Only Clint Eastwood film as of 2014 part of the buddy-cop genre, which originated with the Lethal Weapon series. See more »

Goofs

During a chase, the same highway exit sign can be seen multiple times. See more »

Quotes

David Ackerman: Do you think I like dragging around after you all day? I *fucking* hate it! And I hate the way you drive. And I hate your stinkin' whiskey breath.
Nick Pulovski: And I hate your uptight regulation-spouting boy scout horseshit. And I hate the little fucking creases in your pants. And I hate these fucking donuts. These fruitcake little ones, with the goddamn pinky shit! Nobody eats that shit!
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Featured in Clint, 'The Rookie' & Me (1990) See more »

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All The Things You Are
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Should you check this movie out? Why the hell not?
18 August 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

"The Rookie" may not be heavy on plot or even very original, but it's a blast! Lots of cool action, lots of cool stunts and a consistently energetic pace that never takes a beat. Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen make a great team. Eastwood spouts great one-liners by the second ("If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster"). One of the keys to a good action movie is a good sense of humor, which this movie does not lack. There's a hilarious scene where Sheen points a gun at two attack dogs who were chasing after him. Eastwood comments, "Good job. Now read them their rights." Raul Julia (who will be missed terribly) and Sonia Braga make a great team of villains. Basically, "The Rookie" is good, solid action entertainment. As long as you're not looking to watch "Henry V," you should be very impressed! To quote Eastwood's character, "Why the hell not?"


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