As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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
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 »
Clint does a face plant after he rolled his cop car while inside a car hauler. However, Clint shows up for work the next day without a mark on his face. Anyone who loses consciousness and falls forward always does some damage to their face including cuts, bruises, and even a broken nose. See more »
[after asking his father for 2 million dollars to save Nick]
Look! I didn't come here because you're my father... I came her because you're the richest person I know!
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In The Rookie Clint Eastwood plays a veteran detective working in the highly unglamorous unit of automobile crimes. He's got a lead on a major chop shop operation in Los Angeles headed by an international criminal Raul Julia and his killer girl Friday Sonia Bragga. When partner Hal Williams is killed right at the beginning of the film, Eastwood makes getting Julia a personal crusade.
But in the meantime Eastwood's boss Lieutenant Pepe Serna has given him a new partner, rookie Charlie Sheen. Sheen's a rich kid who decided on the life of a police officer as a show of rebellion against his father Tom Sizemore. And the dangerous life of a cop has girl friend Lara Flynn Boyle concerned.
Sheen's one major screw up and he screws up big time when Julia and Bragga turn the tables during a bust and take Eastwood hostage and leave Sheen for dead. After that Sheen magically transforms himself into Rambo and the film takes on a non-stop Indiana Jones like quality in terms of action.
The Rookie is not the kind of film you should not take too seriously, the various players look they're having one great old time in delivering some really hokey dialog. Eastwood in particular with that ever present cigar in his mouth never cracking a smile.
The action sequences are well staged especially that final chase through the LAX Airport. Most unforgettable in this film is Sonia Bragga, one ice cold German princess, no doubt descendant from some concentration camp matron. Her 'rape' scene of Eastwood is something else. Talk about performance anxiety, YEEEEEEEEEEEESH.
The Rookie is not ever going to be one of the top ten of Clint Eastwood's films, but it's certainly entertaining and enjoyable.
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