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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)  »

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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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Did You Know?


The coffee shop in the beginning of the movie (which was, incidentally, the first scene shot) is the same shop that was used in Se7en (1995) in the scene where Morgan Freeman meets Gwyneth Paltrow to talk. In the window in both movies, the writing reads "Quality Cafe". The Quality Cafe is also used in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), Ghost World (2001) and Catch Me If You Can (2002). See more »


When Alonzo is trying to escape the Russians, he backs his car into the white Suv. The force of the impact knocks out the headlights on Alonzo's car, but in every shot after, they're still on. See more »


[first lines]
Jake: It's time.
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Referenced in Wait, Wait, Don't Kill Me (2015) See more »


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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Stunning performance by Denzel Washington...
28 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Training Day" was a very good movie. I like movies that shove it in your face and make you deal with it...movies like, "Black Hawk Down" clichés, no touching moments, just brutal, bitter realism. "Training Day" was such a movie. However, the one thing that made this film really shine was the performance by Mr. Washington. To me, a good actor is someone who just IS a character...if it isn't obvious that they are acting than they are doing a good job. That was the case with Washingon. He just was Alonzo. Every pantomime, every word, every glance was performed masterfully. Did Mr. Washington deserve his Oscar? Absolutely. 200%. Some people say, "not Oscar material" and I must wonder, what film...what performance were they watching?

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