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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Eugene Ackerman
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Ken Blackwell
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Morales
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,510,056 (USA) (9 December 1990)

Gross:

$21,633,874 (USA)
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Only Clint Eastwood film as of 2014 part of the buddy-cop genre, which originated with the Lethal Weapon series. See more »

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Strom discovers Polowski on top of the elevator when Max's blood drips onto his shoulder. However, when the elevator first begins to rise, there is an out-of-focus shot of Strom looking up. See more »

Quotes

Strom: What made you think that a dumb Polack like you could outsmart someone like me?
Nick Pulovski: Well, it's just that the arrogant fuckin' Kraut like you was in the firing line.
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Red Zone
Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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"If you want a guarantee. Buy a toaster!"
13 June 2016 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

The film uses all the most well worn tricks of the "buddy-buddy / old cop - rookie cop / poor down on his luck - rich privileged / rule breaking - rule following" action movies ever made and is at least honest enough not to try to pretend to be anything else. Clint Eastwood is an interesting choice in such a film and his performance is clearly better than the film actually demands. The Schwarzenegger like one-liners are made more amusing when coming from his lips although the crafting of a new catch phrase "You gotta light?" doesn't quite work. Charlie Sheen is mean, moody and handsome and isn't really required to be anything else, the dad-son "You were never there for me!" scenes are an embarrassment to be perfectly frank and could well have been omitted from the film.

The story is simple about a veteran cop and his new partner, Charlie Sheen going on the rampage in LA for car thieves while in the pursuit of revenge for the murder of Eastwood's partner early on film by the leader of the criminal gang. It has Eastwood on good form with some good one liners and he is a joy to watch as he shows he is not over the hill and does what he does best in a cop role. Sheen puts on a good show and is convincing as a wet behind the ears rookie but soon breaks free from this when he goes berserk, as taught by his mentor Eastwood. The action scenes are great with some ferocious car chases, and none of the dodgy CGI you get theses days. The action scenes include a out of control car chase down the free way where a car transporter sheds it's load of luxury cars off the trailer into the traffic. The other stand out moment is when Eastwood and Sheen was escape a building ready to explode by driving out of the top floor window while the building blows up behind them. If you love Eastwood and his demeanor and quips and you love a good cop story this is something you need to see in one form or another.

Overall rating: 8 out of 10.


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