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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Sarah
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Ken Blackwell
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Morales
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Max
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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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Release Date:

7 December 1990 (USA)  »

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El principiante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,633,874 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the article 'Slam, Bang, Crash, Boom for The Rookie" published in American Cinematographer in January 1991, the movie's stunt scenes were mostly shot at night with no use of blue screens and with no use of miniatures. See more »

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Nick's Harley is identified as a 1948 FL. It is actually a 1987-89 FLSTC Heritage Softtail Classic, which bears little resemblance to a '48 Panhead FL. 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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Featured in Clint, 'The Rookie' & Me (1990) See more »

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All The Things You Are
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Humdrum.
4 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Humdrum, cliched actioner offers nothing we haven't seen before. If Eastwood (who has a unique presence, even in this mediocre role) wasn't around, it would be almost unwatchable. But the moral "lessons" of the film are even more annoying than its cliches: it seems to suggest that a "boy" becomes a "real MAN" only when he learns how to punch and kill people.


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