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Training Day (2001)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara (as Eva Mendez)
Mark (as Jaime P. Gomez)


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.


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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Esai Morales was originally cast as Smiley but was recast due to scheduling. See more »


Casting director Mary Vernieu's name is misspelled in the end credits, as "Mary Verneiu" (theatrical version only, not home video). See more »


[first lines]
Jake: It's time.
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Referenced in The Office: Training Day (2011) See more »


Written by Nelly and Waiel Yaghnam
Produced by Waiel Yaghnam (as Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam)
Performed by Nelly
Nelly appears courtesy of Fo'Reel Productions/Universal Records
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Denzel's Acadamy Award Winning Moment
31 January 2006 | by (Brooklyn New York) – See all my reviews

In his Acadamy Award Winning Performance,as best Actor.The movie, as the title suggests, follows a single day in the life of rookie cop Jake Hoyt (Hawk) as he is subject to a single day of evaluation by a senior, decorated police narcotics officer Alonzo Harris (Washington) to see if he has what it takes to be a 'narc'. Almost immediately Hoyt is placed on the back foot, constantly caught off guard by Alonzo's nature, his ability to switch between a cold, no-nonsense street-wise player, a genuinely caring and good intentioned leader, and occasionally jovial companion. From their first encounters though, where Hoyt tells Harris he will do "anything you want me to do", the situations Hoyt is taken into become more and more morally ambiguous, from the simple use of excessive force to outright illegal activity, forcing Hoyt to decide which side Harris is truly on, whether to trust him, or whether Hoyt is the unwitting centerpiece of a huge and complex web of lies and set-ups in order for Harris to for fill his own sinister motives..This is the movie that won Denzel the Oscar that year for Best Actor!! A must watch

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