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Training Day (2001)

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On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

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Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

David Ayer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Alonzo
Ethan Hawke ... Jake
Scott Glenn ... Roger
Tom Berenger ... Stan Gursky
Harris Yulin ... Doug Rosselli
Raymond J. Barry ... Lou Jacobs
Cliff Curtis ... Smiley
Dr. Dre ... Paul
Snoop Dogg ... Blue
Macy Gray ... Sandman's Wife
Charlotte Ayanna ... Lisa
Eva Mendes ... Sara (as Eva Mendez)
Nick Chinlund ... Tim
Jaime Gomez ... Mark (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Raymond Cruz ... Sniper
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The only thing more dangerous than the line being crossed, is the cop who will cross it.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish | Korean

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Día de entrenamiento See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,550,788, 7 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$76,631,907

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,876,233
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tobey Maguire was seriously considered for the part of Officer Jake Hoyt. He even followed Undercover Narcotics officers in Los Angeles for two months and gained weight for the role. He was dropped when Ethan Hawke, Fuqua's first choice, was finally available for the shooting schedule. See more »

Goofs

After stealing Roger's money and killing him, Alonzo tells his team that they set it up to look as though they stormed the house and Roger fired on them and they fired back in retaliation. To support this story Alonzo shoots Jeff twice. Once on the left (does not pierce his armor) and once on the right (which pierces his armor). A few minutes later we see Jeff being taken to the ambulance on a stretcher holding blood stained mesh and dressing on his left side, but in fact it was the bullet on the right that had pierced his armor and injured him. See more »

Quotes

Alonzo Harris: Boom!
[before and after Jake tells him the DUI story inside the coffee shop]
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: We Are Your Friends/Unsullied (2015) See more »

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Cry Freedom
Written by Franky Perez
Performed by Franky Perez
Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It's my favourite movie
23 February 2006 | by the_mufflerSee all my reviews

I remember being lent this on DVD during the summer holidays by a mate soon after it was out. I must have watched it every day/second day for about a month! I loved it so much I could never get enough. Denzel and Ethan are a perfect match for this movie; I can't imagine anyone else playing their rolls. Can you? You will either love this movie or find it just a way to 'pass a night'. If you connect with it then you'll never forget it. I know I haven't and I haven't watched it since 2002 because I can remember every part in detail! Training Day is one of those movies which breaks new ground in terms of how a movie can come across to people. It was filmed in such locations such as Imperial Courts neighborhood which, until now, hasn't been filmed. The talk is the talk... you get a real sense of what it's like for these guys as narcotic officers and for what it's like for these guys as the 'bad guys' themselves. At the end of they day they're "Just people and they always were" (Ethan Hawk in a making of Traning day interview).

The movie isn't the fastest paced one around - there are some slow moments but they are played out meaningfully due to some great acting talent which gels the scenes together well. The more you watch it, the more subtle lines and actions you will pick up which make this movie authentic.

Overall, to each his own. I have found this to be one of my favorite movies due to great acting, great directing, great casting (Hawk, Washington, Scott Glen etc) and an interesting storyline.


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