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The Rookie -- Clint Eastwood plays a veteran cop who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German criminal (Raul Julia.)

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Writers (WGA):
Boaz Yakin (written by) &
Scott Spiegel (written by)
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Release Date:
7 December 1990 (USA) See more »
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Clint Eastwood plays a veteran cop who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German criminal (Raul Julia.) Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Nick Pulovski

Charlie Sheen ... David Ackerman

Raul Julia ... Strom

Sonia Braga ... Liesl

Tom Skerritt ... Eugene Ackerman

Lara Flynn Boyle ... Sarah

Pepe Serna ... Lt. Raymond Garcia

Marco Rodríguez ... Loco Martinez
Pete Randall ... Cruz
Donna Mitchell ... Laura Ackerman

Xander Berkeley ... Ken Blackwell

Tony Plana ... Morales

David Sherrill ... Max

Hal Williams ... Powell
Lloyd Nelson ... Freeway Motorist
Pat DuVal ... Interrogator #1
Mara Corday ... Interrogator #2

Jerry Schumacher ... Interrogator #3

Matt McKenzie ... Wang

Joel Polis ... Lance
Rodger LaRue ... Maitre'D
Robert Dubac ... Waiter
Anthony Charnota ... Romano

Jordan Lund ... Bartender

Paul Ben-Victor ... Little Felix
Jeanne Mori ... Connie Ling
Anthony Alexander ... Alphonse
Paul Butler ... Captain Hargate
Seth Allen ... David as a Child
Coleby Lombardo ... David's Brother
Roberta Vasquez ... Heather Torres

Joe Farago ... Anchorman

Robert Harvey ... Whalen
Nick Ballo ... Vito
Jay Boryea ... Sal
Marylou Kenworthy ... Receptionist
George Orrison ... Detective Orrison
James W. Gavin ... Aerial Coordinator / Pilot
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Pilot (as Thomas Friedkin)
Craig Hosking ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Doreen Foo Croft ... (uncredited)

Nick Fenske ... Bell Boy (uncredited)

Caron Strong ... Mechanic (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Boaz Yakin (written by) &
Scott Spiegel (written by)

Produced by
Howard G. Kazanjian .... producer
Steven Siebert .... producer
David Valdes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Judy Cammer 
 
Art Direction by
Ed Verreaux 
 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Loren May 
 
Makeup Department
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist
Ralph Gulko .... makeup artist
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Valdes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... first assistant director
Frank Capra III .... key second assistant director
D. Scott Easton .... first assistant director: second unit
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director: second unit
Buddy Van Horn .... second unit director
Jeffrey Wetzel .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master
John Berger .... set designer
Randy Bostic .... swing gang
Tom Cranham .... illustrator
Edward Espinosa .... swing gang
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator (as Walton D. Hadfield)
Casey Hallenbeck .... lead man
Rich Hobaica .... assistant property master
Kelly Hudson .... stand-by painter
Steven Curtis Husch .... swing gang (as Steven Husch)
Dawn Snyder .... set designer
Barbara Anne Bock .... art crew (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Michael Evje .... sound mixer
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as David M. Horton Sr.)
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Brent Johnson .... cable person
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer
Godfrey Marks .... adr editor
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor (as Jayme Parker)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
James Simcik .... adr editor
Mychal Smith .... boom operator
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Rosemarie Wheeler .... assistant sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Butch Wolf .... foley editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jan Aaris .... special effects
Wayne Edgar .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects supervisor
Rocky Gehr .... special effects foreman
Richard L. Hill .... special effects (as Rick Hill)
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects
Patrick Lee .... special effects
Richard Lopez .... special effects
Gary Monak .... special effects
Robert Phillips .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects
Paul Ryan .... special effects
Harold Selig .... special effects
A.J. Thrasher .... special effects
Frank Toro .... special effects
 
Stunts
John Alden .... stunts
Bobby Aldridge .... stunts
Robert Apisa .... stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Perry Barndt .... stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Kathy Brock .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Roydon Clark .... stunts
Chuck Courtney .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Phil Culotta .... stunts
David D. Darling .... stunts
Jani D. Davis .... stunts
Deborah A. Discoe .... stunts
Richard L. Duran .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Kurtis Epper .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Cindy Folkerson .... stunts
Steve Geray .... stunts
Andree Gibbs .... stunts
Al Goto .... stunts
William Shane Grisco .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Rick Hill .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Steven Ito .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood
Dean Jeffries .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Wayne King .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
William T. Lane .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Will Leong .... stunts
Clay M. Lilley .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts
Cotton Mather .... stunts
Michael Maurer .... stunts
Matt McColm .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts
Cole S. McKay .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Cherée L. Nelson .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Donna L. Noguchi .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Debi Parker .... stunts
David Perna .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
David Rowden .... stunts
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Alex Sharp .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Al Simon .... stunts
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Jann Steele .... stunts
Joe Stone .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts
Mike Watson .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
Bill Young .... precision driving coordinator
Bill Young .... stunts
Mark Le Mon .... precision driver (uncredited)
Gary Rodriguez .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vincent Baldino .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Vince Baldino)
Keith Banks .... second assistant camera: second unit
Josh Bleibtreu .... first assistant camera: second unit
Don Burgess .... director of photography: second unit
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Michael Chavez)
Murray Close .... still photographer
Michael Ferris .... camera operator: second unit
Kelly Green .... second assistant camera
Bobby Huber .... key grip: second unit (as Bob Huber)
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit (as Jack McLean)
John Murphy .... best boy: second unit
Víctor Pérez .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Anthony J. Rivetti)
Rod Robertson .... lighting technician
Andy Ryan .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip
Sidney Sidell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jerry Sidell)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Scott Sproule .... second assistant camera: second unit
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
Bill Young .... key grip (as William C. Young)
Jack Anderson .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Peter N. Green .... camera department trainee (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judith Bouley .... casting: San Jose atmosphere
Nadene Katz .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor: women
Robert Stewart .... costumer: men
Pat Trbovich .... costumer: women (as Patricia Ann Trbovich)
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor: men
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Donald Harris .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Ray Holmgren .... transportation co-captain
Randy Luna .... transportation captain
Robert Suer .... picture car coordinator: second unit (as Rob Suer)
Jacek Wysocki .... transportation captain: second unit
Nicholas Rich .... auto transport driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Laura Brown .... assistant location manager
Marguerite P. Condon .... production office assistant
Thomas H. Friedkin .... pilot
James W. Gavin .... aerial coordinator
James W. Gavin .... pilot
Craig Hosking .... pilot
David R. Lawson .... first aid
Antoinette Levine .... location manager
Michael Maurer .... production accountant
Cheryl Meier .... assistant location manager
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor: second unit
Willie Radcliff .... craft service
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Tom Rooker .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Karen Shaw .... production secretary
Jackson Sousa .... trainer: Mr. Sheen and Mrs. Braga
Thais Zoe .... production secretary: second unit
James Marlowe .... communications coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
120 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to the book "Clint Eastwood A Cultural Production" by Paul Smith, during the early stages of principal photography, actor Charlie Sheen had substance abuse problems. Eastwood reportedly took on a father-figure role in disciplining Sheen into responsible behavior.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Pulovski kills Strom, Strom disappears around the bend on the luggage belt, but he never shows up again, while Pulovski and Ackerman sit in front of itSee more »
Quotes:
Nick Pulovski:[looking at a Lotus painted a garish neon green] Wanna know what's a crime? Whoever defaced that work of art by painting it that color... ought to have his ass removed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
All The Things You AreSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Will likely disappoint action and/or Eastwood fans, 21 August 2010
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

It's clear that upon watching "The Rookie" that Clint Eastwood's heart simply was not with this project - either as a director or an actor. Possibly he only decided to do this "commercial" project so that Warner Brothers would green-light the less commercial "White Hunter Black Heart" that came out the same year. Whatever the reason, Eastwood seems to be going on autopilot in front of and behind the camera. His performance here lacks conviction, and he comes across as a cranky old man instead of a man with grit and determination. And as a director, he slips up multiple times. The action sequences are dull when they should be spectacular - the freeway chase, for example, is flat despite all the vehicles that get destroyed. The night scenes and often the interior scenes are dark and murky, making it hard to see all the details about what's going on.

And what's the deal with the dream sequence at the opening of the movie? In fact, there are a number of script boo-boos that make me surprised that Eastwood didn't demand a rewrite. Why doesn't Eastwood call for backup at the opening action sequence? Why is Raul Julia's past and motives never properly spelled out, and why is Eastwood so determined to bust him? Why do Eastwood and Sheen hardly have any real conversations between them instead of clichéd "tough cop" talk? Also, the slow-moving story at times feels like the writers were writing it as the movie was being shot, instead of using a finished screenplay. It might also explain why key actions and scenes seem to be missing from the finished product.

What really annoyed me most about "The Rookie" was all the swearing. Don't get me wrong - I use the same words in my private life, and I have seen movies I've enjoyed with plenty of swearing. But here, every curse word comes across as forced, as if a child was making this movie and gleefully adding naughty language in an effort to appear tough. It's simply not convincing. Maybe with better direction and a heavily rewritten script, it could have worked. Those things probably would have greatly improved the rest of the movie as well.

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