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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Liesl
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Eugene Ackerman
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Sarah
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Lt. Raymond Garcia
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Loco Martinez
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Cruz
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Laura Ackerman
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Ken Blackwell
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Morales
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Max
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Powell
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Freeway Motorist
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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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Trivia

Clint Eastwood's last film in which he plays a cop. However, he later played a Texas Ranger in A Perfect World (1993), a Secret Service agent in In the Line of Fire (1993), and an FBI agent in Blood Work (2002). See more »

Goofs

When Strom is going up the conveyor belt to the baggage carousel it is moving, but when he gets to the top it is stationary. The belt should be running since the carousel is running. See more »

Quotes

David Ackerman: [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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Features Tarantula (1955) 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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