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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Ken Blackwell
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Morales
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Max
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Storyline

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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Trivia

According to trade paper Variety, Sonia Braga's performance was a "nearly non-verbal role". See more »

Goofs

No police captain would ever disparage an officer who had been shot. The fact that Sheen's character was struck in the back was irrelevant as the criminals who did so intending to murder a fellow officer. Such an outburst would have at the very least resulted in the captain having to apologize to the officer, if not lose his/her position for doing as such. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Come on, it won't be that bad.
David Ackerman: Sarah, if I die and go to hell, it'll look like my parents' house.
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Featured in Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (1997) See more »

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All The Things You Are
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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"Got a light?"
30 August 1999 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

I know, I know. "The Rookie" is a critically lambasted action film, and from what I've read from the other IMDb users, it's considered one of the worst films since "Ishtar"! But, I'll cut "The Rookie" some slack, because I happen to enjoy this flick pretty much. Yeah, the dialogue is a bit crappy, especially by Pepe Serna's lines; he jitters while he talks most of the length of time of the movie!

Well anyway, I thought it is a pretty enjoyable cop drama, due to the funny chemistry between Eastwood and Sheen, who do great Mel Gibson/Danny Glover impressions. The action is intense, and the suspense is quite strong, too. "The Rookie" delivers the goods for fans of the action genre, but for those who want a more logical movie, avoid "The Rookie".


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