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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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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,633,874 (USA)
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood agreed to do this movie in exchange for the Warner Brothers studio letting him make his personal film project, White Hunter Black Heart (1990). See more »

Goofs

Clint does a face plant after he rolled his cop car while inside a car hauler. However, Clint shows up for work the next day without a mark on his face. Anyone who loses consciousness and falls forward always does some damage to their face including cuts, bruises, and even a broken nose. See more »

Quotes

Connie Ling: [On the morning news, on TV] I'm standing in front of an East L.A. garage which is the latest link in a chain of six chop shops busted by the L.A.P.D. in the last three days. This is Auto Theft Detective Nick Pulovski. You seem to have gone out of your way to ensure we were here for these raids.
Nick Pulovski: Well, that's right, ma'am. I realize that homicides and splashy robberies get most of the headlines, but it's about time this crime gets the attention it deserves. It's impossible to make a real dent. ...
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All The Things You Are
Written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Terrible, terrible, terrible
17 December 1998 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

There is simply no excuse for how bad this movie is. It would have to rate as one of the worst of all time. It is so bad, in fact, it is almost - but not - laughable. The fact that it has a relatively accomplished cast makes this all the more diappointing. Raul Julia as a German! That's just the start. Clint Eastwood's grip on police reality is completely gone here, and Charlie Sheen is just way out of his depth as a tormented rookie cop. Plus a sex interest that ain't sexy and you wind up with 0. Which is almost what I gave this film. Whatever you do, DO NOT put yourself through the torture of watching this movie - I was begging for the end after 20 mins!


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