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The Rookie (1990)

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:

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,510,056, 9 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,633,874
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film featured over twice as many stuntmen as it did actors. Held the world record for the biggest ratio of stuntmen/actors. Reportedly, over eighty stuntmen worked on the movie. See more »

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When Nick Pulovski (Clint Eastwood) is showing his partner, David Ackerman (Charlie Sheen), his collection of motorcycles, Ackerman says of the one bike that it is "a 1967 Triumph TR6". A Triumph TR6 is a sports car, not a motorbike. See more »

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David Ackerman: It's time to stop being scared.
Sarah: I don't like this.
David Ackerman: Well, nobody asked you to.
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References Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »

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All The Things You Are
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Completely Pointless
16 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's no surprise to see a formulaic, by-the-numbers action exploitation flick like this; the surprise is that even with Clint Eastwood in the directing chair, it ends up being completely pointless. As well as directing, he also stars in the film, in a role that pretty much screams 'Dirty Harry', and is hurt by how damn old and worn out he looks. Charlie Sheen co-stars with him, in the typical 'partner' role. For the first half, Sheen's pretty much a wimp; for the second half, he's a bad-ass guy who kicks almost as much ass as Eastwood does. Both give pretty good performances, but that's nowhere near enough to save such a cliché-ridden, stereotypical and predictable movie. Raul Julia does a great villain, as always, but like Sheen and Eastwood, he's not good enough to save the film. The plot is dull and uninteresting. The pacing is awful... the film could easily have been half an hour shorter without removing anything important or even remotely interesting. The action isn't particularly exciting or well-choreographed. The film brings absolutely nothing new to the genre, and does very little of interest to the viewer with what's already there. Only fans of one of the three lead actors or fans of exploitation action flicks could possibly find this interesting. From reading the trivia section of this site, you'll know that the film features more than twice as many stunt-men as it does actors... that describes the movie better than anything I could possibly write here. I recommend it to only to very big fans of one or more of the three lead actors, Eastwood, Sheen and Julia, and fans of exploitation action films.


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