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Spy School: Inside the CIA Training Program (2003)

The filmmakers and advisors for the film The Recruit (2003) show how accurate the film is to the real life CIA training program. The selection process is explained and some actual training footage is supplied here to support their point.

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The filmmakers and advisors for the film The Recruit (2003) show how accurate the film is to the real life CIA training program. The selection process is explained and some actual training footage is supplied here to support their point.

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This title is featured on the DVD of The Recruit (2003), released in May 2003. See more »

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The Recruit DVD extra
26 July 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This documentary short uses a lot of footage from The Recruit, including behind the scenes stuff, and little 'actual CIA training footage', though that shown has people's faces blurred.

Advisor and presumably former CIA instructor Chase Brandon appears without his face being blurred, and though the CIA's official policy is neither to conform or deny the accuracy of the information shown in The Recruit, it appears that most of it is pretty spot on. There is an irony in writers attending the CIA for research, when the CIA is supposed to be a secret service, after all, and this allows for 'poetic license' eg Brandon says that the Career Trainees do not suffer abuse by kidnapping or torture, as in the film.

The documentary uses split screen, flash edits with subliminal images of Arab terrorists, and 9/11 is mentioned. It also includes a scene of roleplay deleted from the film. Ultimately, however, Brandon reveals nothing that interesting and the use of The Recruit footage is overkill.


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