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Training Day (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes on a 24-hour training course with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.



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In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. Written by Anna <>

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The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed, is the cop who will cross it.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Día de entrenamiento  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,550,788 (USA) (5 October 2001)


£1,942,439 (UK) (15 February 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During the scene when Jake plays cards with the Latino gangsters, director Antoine Fuqua gave certain instructions to the actors playing the gangsters, without telling Ethan Hawke. This was done to further confuse him and add to the tension of the scene. See more »


After Hoyt stops the two crackheads from raping the girl and Alonzo comes on the scene to question the girl, he asks her "Why are you out here? They probably got AIDS, you know? Why are you not in school?". At this point her sweater is on both shoulders. Immediately after asking the question, the scene cuts and her sweater is off her left shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Jake: It's time.
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Performance of a Lifetime from Denzel!
22 December 2005 | by (Durham, England) – See all my reviews

Wow! What a superb film, Denzel Washington at his superb best. Denzel plays a terrific part as Alonzo Harris, a cop with a dark personality.

From the moment you set eyes on him you can relies that Alonzo is a feisty character, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Ethan Hawke provides excellent backup but Denzel steals the show. I don't want to give an plot lines away but there are only three movies in cinema history I have given 10/10, and this one was so close to being number four.

I sincerely hope to see Denzel put in another performance like this one.

Plot is excellent as it leads you into false sense of securities and even shouting at the TV set.

I loved every breathtaking moment of this film and I am sure you will too.

Quite extraordinary.

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