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The Recruit (2003)

PG-13  |   |  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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$16,302,063 (USA) (31 January 2003)

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$676,129 (Japan) (23 January 2004)
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Trivia

The show Burke was watching in his motel room is The Man Show. See more »

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At the end of the torture test, Layla's jeans disappear and reappear in Clayton's hands between shots. See more »

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Zack: [to Burke] Are you a senior instructor at the Farm?
Walter Burke: [wired up to a polygraph machine] Yes.
Polygraph Interrogator: True. OK, if you look at the screens, you'll see that his pulse is even, respiration normal, pupils undilated. Signs of the truth.
Walter Burke: Come on, rough me up, let's go. Rough me up.
Zack: [smiling] Have you ever worn women's clothing?
Walter Burke: [mock angry] Who said that? Yes.
Polygraph Interrogator: [smiling] True.
James Clayton: Were you ever stationed in Peru?
Walter Burke: Yes.
Polygraph Interrogator: True.
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

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Written by Shaun Verreault, Earl Pereira, Safwan Javed and Craig Northey
Performed by Wide Mouth Mason
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada Ltd
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Bogus Techbabble
22 December 2003 | by (Zürich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I couldn't actually watch it, because after an actually nice intro, they started throwing around technical phrases in no coherent fashion. Just total bogus, nonsense. If meaningless technobabble is used in Star Trek, I can understand that. But using real-world technical terms in a completely wrong way is something to get technicians to scream and beg to stop.


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