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The Recruit (2003)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  31 January 2003 (USA)
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A brilliant young CIA trainee is asked by his mentor to help find a mole in the Agency.

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In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special ... Written by wild62

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Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems.


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Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$254,721 (Japan) (16 January 2004)

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$676,129 (Japan) (23 January 2004)
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All the cell phones used in the movie are from Motorola, in the end when James calls Burke and Burke is portrayed at the Farm, you can clearly see a Verizon Logo on the Motorola V60 phone. See more »

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In the movie, John Medica was identified as the VP of Dell Engineering. This was correct when the movie was produced (he has since retired from Dell). But Al Pacino pronounces his name as "Me-de-ka". John pronounces his surname as "Med-uh-ka". See more »

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Walter Burke: There's this parish priest, goes up to the Pope, drops down on his knees, starts weeping... asking forgiveness. "Holy father, holy father, what am I to do? What am I to do? I do not believe in God anymore. What am i to do?" And you know what the pope said... "Fake it."
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Good enough
10 November 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The Recruit' is good enough for a nice evening but that doesn't mean the movie is very good. It is about James Clayton (Colin Farrell) who is recruited by CIA spy Walter Burke (Al Pacino). On a place called The Farm he and others including the beautiful Layla (Bridget Moynahan) are trained to become CIA agents. They learn to kill and all the stuff you see James Bond and such do in other movies.

It is all very entertaining but not very believable. Entertaining because of Al Pacino who almost always is fun to watch and because of Colin Farrell. I liked him in 'Tigerland' and since then he has only done good. The real star in 'Minority Report', the best thing in 'Daredevil' and a great performance in 'Phone Booth', and now a good reason to watch 'The Recruit'.

'The Recruit' is entertaining, but one plot twist after another, most of them predictable; it is just a little too much.


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