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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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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 »

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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: My dick's on fire!
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Written by Shaun Verreault, Earl Pereira, Safwan Javed and Craig Northey
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Very disappointing dialogs and performances
5 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

It was just a big disappointment in my eyes. The film lacks fundamental things like introducing stuff and explaining their meaning to the film, not letting the viewer know what the heck this all is about and it keeps going like this from the middle of the film until the end. I don't see a message or a thing one could take out of the film and be happy with it. It is non-convincing when trying to make us believe things or actions usually happen (e.g. usual CIA stuff), it is pointless (not trying to show or prove a thing) and plainly stupid in its outcome (unsatisfying ending and weakest dialogs I've witnessed in a long time). Not recommended, it's a waste of time.


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