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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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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  »

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$21,633,874 (USA)

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Not Too Bad
27 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stared at this movie on the shelf for about 4 weeks before I finally took a chance with it.

Clint Eastwood who directed and starred in The Rookie, plays a cop who looses his partner one night on a bust. Eastwood, swearing revenge, goes after the killers. The next day, he is immediately partnered up with a young and upcoming rookie (Charlie Sheen) and together the two set out to find the killers. The killers, a sneaky group of car thieves, is headed by the late Raul Julia, who plays his role exceptionally well.

Now the title of the film and the name of the director can be very misleading. The Rookie can lead you to expect something different from it, but it turns out to be typical buddy stuff. I think that Raul Julia is totally miscast as a the villain. It is kind of hard to imagine him as a German.

Is The Rookie all bad? Naw. There are quite a few good and funny action scenes. The funniest being Charlie Sheen's second venture into a biker bar. Seeing him constantly yell, "Come on, Motherf**kers, come on!" is absolutely hilarious. Also, the scene where Charlie Sheen drives his motorcycle through the front door of his house to save his girlfriend from one of the bad guys is pretty good too.


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