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Clint Eastwood plays a veteran detective who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German crook (Raul Julia.)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Nick Pulovski
Charlie Sheen ... David Ackerman
Raul Julia ... Strom
Sônia Braga ... Liesl (as Sonia Braga)
Tom Skerritt ... Eugene Ackerman
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Sarah
Pepe Serna ... Lt. Raymond Garcia
Marco Rodríguez ... Loco Martinez
Pete Randall Pete Randall ... Cruz
Donna Mitchell ... Laura Ackerman
Xander Berkeley ... Ken Blackwell
Tony Plana ... Morales
David Sherrill ... Max
Hal Williams ... Powell
Lloyd Nelson ... Freeway Motorist
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Storyline

Nick Pulovski is a cop, who is presently assigned to the auto theft division and who for the most part of his career has not done anything worthwhile. But when he discovers that a man named Strom is the brains behind a major car theft and chop shop ring, he sees this as his opportunity to do something. After his partner is killed, the case is then transfered to homicide, so he is taken off the case. And he is assigned a new partner, David Ackerman. a cop who has just recently been promoted to detective. But Pulovski feeling as if Strom is his decides to continue pursuing him but Ackerman who tries to play by the rules is not sure what to do, and he is also a little afraid cause of a childhood incident. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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What could a veteran and a rookie cop do this Christmas.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El principiante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,510,056, 9 December 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,633,874
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Spiegel originally wrote this as a starring vehicle for Sean Connery. See more »

Goofs

No police captain would ever disparage an officer who had been shot. The fact that Sheen's character was struck in the back was irrelevant as the criminals who did so intending to murder a fellow officer. Such an outburst would have at the very least resulted in the captain having to apologize to the officer, if not lose his/her position for doing as such. See more »

Quotes

[Ackerman is about to drop a burning lighter on alcohol-soaked counter]
David Ackerman: Let's get hot.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian television version was inconsistently edited for sexual and violent content. The scene between Liesl and Pulovski ends after she explains the purpose of the bullet she wears, yet the full sequence is shown on the video screen later when Ackerman rescues Pulovski. All sequences of 'three bullet death', such as Sarah killing Loco and the "Amateur" shootings of Ackerman and Liesl are reduced to one bullet. The final shooting of Strom is heard but not shown. See more »

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Red Zone
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Not Too Bad
27 February 2001 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

I stared at this movie on the shelf for about 4 weeks before I finally took a chance with it.

Clint Eastwood who directed and starred in The Rookie, plays a cop who looses his partner one night on a bust. Eastwood, swearing revenge, goes after the killers. The next day, he is immediately partnered up with a young and upcoming rookie (Charlie Sheen) and together the two set out to find the killers. The killers, a sneaky group of car thieves, is headed by the late Raul Julia, who plays his role exceptionally well.

Now the title of the film and the name of the director can be very misleading. The Rookie can lead you to expect something different from it, but it turns out to be typical buddy stuff. I think that Raul Julia is totally miscast as a the villain. It is kind of hard to imagine him as a German.

Is The Rookie all bad? Naw. There are quite a few good and funny action scenes. The funniest being Charlie Sheen's second venture into a biker bar. Seeing him constantly yell, "Come on, Motherf**kers, come on!" is absolutely hilarious. Also, the scene where Charlie Sheen drives his motorcycle through the front door of his house to save his girlfriend from one of the bad guys is pretty good too.

6/10


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