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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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31 January 2003 (USA)  »

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$16,302,063 (USA) (31 January 2003)


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

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The character of the CIA Career Trainee Lisa Sahadi (played by Elisa Moolecherry) was revealed in a deleted scene to actually have been a CIA agent who is part of the new group and is gathering intelligence on the group. See more »


After the recruits arrive at the farm and are assembled together for the first time, the Walter Burke character is introduced to the group as senior instructor, Walter Birch. See more »


Physiatrist: How do upsetting problems generally make you feel?
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Cat and Mole
28 May 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "The Recruit" a computer whiz (Farrell) is recruited to be trained as a CIA operative and ends up playing cat and mole inside the agency while keeping the audience wondering who's "cat" and who's "mole". The film is a slick shoot with a convoluted plot which tries to work the notion that in the spy game no one can trust anyone. Unfortunately the film is dumbed down, full of plot holes and obvious contrivances, doesn't work well in the human drama, and relies too much on techno-junk and gobbledygook computer hacking spy stuff. Though "The Recruit" isn't much of a movie given the talent behind it, it is busy and keeps you guessing all the way to the conclusion. An okay watch for Pacino fans and anyone in the mood for a lukewarm spy flick. (B-)

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