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The Rookie

4 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

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

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dobly Digital 5.1
  • Interactive Menus
  • Eastwood Film Highlights
  • Scene Access

Product Details

  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Tom Skerritt
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel
  • Producers: David Valdes, Howard G. Kazanjian, Steven Siebert
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N83X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rookie" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
I don't understand why there are so many slams against this movie posted here...this is a very exciting, action-packed film! Maybe these critics aren't Charlie Sheen fans or sumpin'...but this film kept me riveted all the way thru it!

Clint's character, cop Nick Pulovski, has hints and traces of Dirty Harry Callahan, so fans of that series should enjoy this film; Charlie Sheen is the rookie detective who Clint gets stuck with as his new partner - Clint's old partner, played by Hal Williams ("Smitty" the cop on the old SANFORD & SON tv show) gets offed by Raul Julia (who plays an exceptionally evil criminal) and Raul's girlfriend/female alter ego, played by Sonia Braga (who looks INCREDIBLE!!!). These two and their goons run an auto theft ring (and perform a few murders along the way), all the while being stalked and staked out by Clint and Charlie. The film begins with an outstanding chase sequence on the freeway, with lots of crashes, blood and bullets.

Sheen has a wonderful scene where he gets his revenge against the patrons of a seedy bar...he loses control, beats the snot out of all of 'em, shouts curses thoughout, sets the place on fire and shows these chumps a thing or three! The ending in the airport terminal is a film climax I always look forward to...it's very satisfying for the viewer (sorry! can't reveal it!). Raul Julia is great throughout the film but here he shines, especially right up to the last second (you'll see what I mean when you watch it). There are so many cool scenes in this film but I can't reveal 'em all! By the way, guys...the scene where Sonia Braga seduces a shackled Clint borders on S&M, fer sure...it's hot stuff!

Also, Tom Skerritt portrays Sheen's millionaire father, in a role that's considered small, but he's great as always...
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When two policemen move in on car thieves, one of them gets killed. And the fallen officer isn't just a partner, he's a friend. Now it's PERSONAL!!! Clint Eastwood plays Nick Pulovski the surviving partner, who makes it a point to try and find the hoodlums. Of course Clint plays a rough and tumble policeman like in his Dirty Harry roles, but in this movie, he does show a more down to earth side, lighter side. There's a terrific car chase involving Clint and when it's over, it's rather comical.
Nick gets a new partner David Ackerman (played by Charlie Sheen) who looks more like an insurance salesman than a policeman, mainly because he's from the side of town where you learn early in life where to put your fork and knife on the table.
With this new partner, the two head out to try and find the thieves. The head goon is played by none other than Raul Julia. I must admit, when I first spotted Raul playing that of a villain, I didn't think he'd fit the role, but after seeing the entire movie, I'd say he done a terrific job at it!
The big question is Will Nick and David get their man? Well, of course I'm not going to say, but I will say that if you like movies with just the right amount of action, plus an equal helping of suspense, intrique, drama, and a light seasoning of comedy, you'll be sure to love this entertaining film.
It's the perfect movie meal.
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Format: DVD
The rookie is a hardcore action ride.Sheen @ eastwood are very good together.The shoot outs are hard,the fights are bloody,the language is brutal.A hard movie along the lines of The last boy scout.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is surely of one the minor Clint Eastwood efforts, but still very pleasing to watch, and containing the same film structure and style of his better movies. Taking aside the violence, it's entertaining and with good humour. The Blu-Ray edition looks and sounds quite decent, well worth the purchase.
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Not one Of Clint's Best but nonetheless a good if at times funny, I don't know how feel about Julia was he a Red? I ask because he did a play on cuba once on castro.
and seeing he was Puerto Rican(sadly a lot of them were Nationalist Leftists),As for the movie it is dry at times but You have Clint Eastwood and even when a Movie is a dud and the cast is not stellar,Eastwood can pull it off for the rest.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is a great movie to sit back and relax and take your mind off things. Eastwood The tough guy again, but theres a fresh comedic side to him. Sheen is good for the yuppie cop. Its these two characters that keep this film fun with a script with little depth. I would give this film a 3.5 stars if I could. Clint Eastwood is cool in this Film.
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Format: DVD
Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen make strange co-cops, the chemistry was there but not quite. The Rookie is full of formula action cliches with plot holes so large you could drive a stolen SUV through them. The saving grace: a funny grizzled performance by Clint Eastwood. If you can digest the first 15 minutes and not think too hard about it, "The Rookie" is actually quite a watchable movie with some pretty nifty explosions, escapes and chases. You know, the works.
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Last night I saw on TV what was for me a rarity, a Clint Eastwood picture I'd never encountered before.
It's one Clint directed, THE ROOKIE (1990) with co-stars Charlie Sheen and Raul Julia.

"Rookie" is much better than a current 5.8 IMDb rating, in fact I hung with it through a dozen commercial breaks, flipping over at pause times to see the Miami Hurricanes ultimately lose to the Florida State Seminoles....yet again (insert Seminoles war chant and Tomahawk Chop gimmick here).

If this buddy cop actioner has any flaws it's in Julia's ludicrous semi-Teutonic accent as the bad guy, also in Braga's performance as Julia's ass-kicking bodyguard/girlfriend. This curvy Brazilian's martial arts moves are decent and Sonia, even at age 40, is "muito quente" in figure hugging leather, but her acting chops are negligible. (To be fair, "Rookie" was also Braga's first action film.)

The well-worn plotline:
Eastwood, doing a thinly veiled riff on Dirty Harry, is a cop assigned to an unglamorous job, the auto theft division. When his longtime partner (Hal Williams) is shot dead by one of Julia's henchman, Clint vows he'll get the Germanic chop shop crime boss, but there's a couple of problems.

First, this case has been handed to homicide, so he's officially off it, and second Eastwood is now saddled with a new, overeager, wet-behind-the-ears partner, Sheen. We soon learn that Charlie's dad (Tom Skerritt) is fabulously wealthy, so the kid's desire to be an LAPD detective is very much in question. There's also another complication, Sheen acts rather cowardly when faced with pulling the trigger to save himself or his highy skeptical partner. (Of course we find out later what motivates Charlie and what's holding him back.
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