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Training Day (2001)

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 <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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

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

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Día de entrenamiento  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$76,261,036 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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Trivia

Antoine Fuqua says the production was a very intense period of his life. The locations in South Central Los Angeles included some gang-infested neighborhoods, and Fuqua also went through some personal grief in the middle of shooting the film. After the film was released, Fuqua needed to step away from it, and he didn't do much publicity. He attended the 58th Venice International Film Festival where the film premiered, out of competition, in 2001. See more »

Goofs

On the roof top, Alozno throws Jake through a window. In the reverse shot, the glass has disappeared from the upper unbroken section of the window. When Alonzo goes back to the window a few moments later he knocks off bits of glass that reappeared. See more »

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Newscaster: A Los Angeles Police Department Narcotics officer was killed today serving a high-risk warrant near LAX. An LAPD spokesperson says that Detective Alonzo Harris is survived by his wife and four sons.
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El Cuarto De Tula
Written by Sergio Eulogio Gonzalez Siaba
Performed by Buena Vista Social Club
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records/World Circuit
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It's my favourite movie
23 February 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember being lent this on DVD during the summer holidays by a mate soon after it was out. I must have watched it every day/second day for about a month! I loved it so much I could never get enough. Denzel and Ethan are a perfect match for this movie; I can't imagine anyone else playing their rolls. Can you? You will either love this movie or find it just a way to 'pass a night'. If you connect with it then you'll never forget it. I know I haven't and I haven't watched it since 2002 because I can remember every part in detail! Training Day is one of those movies which breaks new ground in terms of how a movie can come across to people. It was filmed in such locations such as Imperial Courts neighborhood which, until now, hasn't been filmed. The talk is the talk... you get a real sense of what it's like for these guys as narcotic officers and for what it's like for these guys as the 'bad guys' themselves. At the end of they day they're "Just people and they always were" (Ethan Hawk in a making of Traning day interview).

The movie isn't the fastest paced one around - there are some slow moments but they are played out meaningfully due to some great acting talent which gels the scenes together well. The more you watch it, the more subtle lines and actions you will pick up which make this movie authentic.

Overall, to each his own. I have found this to be one of my favorite movies due to great acting, great directing, great casting (Hawk, Washington, Scott Glen etc) and an interesting storyline.


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