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The Recruit (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 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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Roger Donaldson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Walter Burke
Colin Farrell ... James Douglas Clayton
Bridget Moynahan ... Layla Moore
Gabriel Macht ... Zack
Kenneth Mitchell ... Alan (as Ken Mitchell)
Mike Realba ... Ronnie Gibson
Ron Lea ... Bill Rudolph, Dell Rep
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Dennis Slayne
Jeanie Calleja ... Co-Ed #1
Jenny Cooper ... Blonde with Cell Phone (as Jennifer Levine)
Angelo Tsarouchas ... Cab Driver
Veronica Hurnick Veronica Hurnick ... Polygraph Interrogator (as Veronika Hurnik)
Eugene Lipinski ... Husky Man
Mark Ellis Mark Ellis ... Test Instructor
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Rob Stevens
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Trust. Betrayal. Deception. In the C.I.A. nothing is what it seems.

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Persian | Russian

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Farm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,302,063, 2 February 2003

Gross USA:

$52,802,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,191,884
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Both Colin Farrell and Gabriel Macht went on to star in the SWAT franchise. Colin Farrell starred in SWAT (2003) and Gabriel Macht in SWAT: Firefight (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Clayton exits the boxing hall and heads to the telephone, the camera is reflected in the glass door on the right-hand side. See more »

Quotes

Husky Guy: What are the names of your instructors?
James Clayton: Ok, ok. John's the wise guy. Paul's the cute one. George is pretty quiet, and this new kid... I can't remember his name.
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On the DVD audio commentary, Colin Farrell thanks the caterers for "Montezuma's Revenge in the fourth week" as their particular credit goes by. See more »

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A Stylized review
21 August 2004 | by omlakhaniSee all my reviews

Quite frankly, I expected a lot from the movie and probably it was the expectations that killed the film. The Recruit, though backed by great actors and big money is just an ordinary Spy Vs Spy flick. The life of CIA recruits, the moles the counter and counter intelligence schemes are all very interesting, especially the games at the training centre "The farm". But the biggest drawback of the script are the characters, quite frankly they lack conviction. Colin Farell though in a neatly done role play James and if I were with the CIA , tell you what I wouldn't hire James even though he were the last person on this planet. The man is fooled by just about everyone and there is just one instance where he shows a bit of brain work, that too at the climax. WB Burke played by Al Pacino must be the most mediocre role this great actor has played in his life. He doesn't inspire, all he does is conspire. And well for the rest , don't even get me started. In all a mediocre product packaged in a Good way. Worth a miss.


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