The Rookie (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 December 1990 (USA)
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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 <>

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


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Release Date:

7 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El principiante  »

Box Office


$21,633,874 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the book "Clint Eastwood A Cultural Production" by Paul Smith, during the early stages of principal photography, actor Charlie Sheen had substance abuse problems. Eastwood reportedly took on a father-figure role in disciplining Sheen into responsible behavior. See more »


In the initial car chase scene, after the Porsche is cut loose from the trailer and causes the backup that makes the yellow cab fly into the air and roll over, the rail used to roll the car is visible. See more »


Loco: Just for that, I'm gonna make it hurt, puta!
[while attacking Sarah, who scratched him in the face]
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"Got a light?"
30 August 1999 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

I know, I know. "The Rookie" is a critically lambasted action film, and from what I've read from the other IMDb users, it's considered one of the worst films since "Ishtar"! But, I'll cut "The Rookie" some slack, because I happen to enjoy this flick pretty much. Yeah, the dialogue is a bit crappy, especially by Pepe Serna's lines; he jitters while he talks most of the length of time of the movie!

Well anyway, I thought it is a pretty enjoyable cop drama, due to the funny chemistry between Eastwood and Sheen, who do great Mel Gibson/Danny Glover impressions. The action is intense, and the suspense is quite strong, too. "The Rookie" delivers the goods for fans of the action genre, but for those who want a more logical movie, avoid "The Rookie".

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