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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  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$21,633,874 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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nothing we've never seen before, but still fun
9 April 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This movie is a very standard cop buddy action film. A veteran cop is assigned to work with a rookie cop to catch a crook who killed the vet's old partner. This is so standard of action film's but that doesnt matter, its still good mindless fun. I though the action was good in this film, especially the opening car chase, and I thought Eastwood gave s good performance and was even funny at times. I am not a big Charlie Sheen fan but I thought he was ok in this one, and Raul Julia was solid as the bad guy. 3.5/5. Recommended, even though its like so many action film's its very enjoyable.

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