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The Rookie (1990)

Clint Eastwood , Charlie Sheen  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen
  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N83X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rookie" on IMDb

Special Features

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

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.)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey! This is a good film! February 9, 2007
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'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'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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Eastwood Goody!!! And Sheen Was Good Too!!! September 15, 2003
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for Eastwood fans. August 23, 2010
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hard edge action April 17, 2004
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint & Charlie "only in America" March 17, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Some individuals did not rate this movie very highly. I disagree! This movie has several action sequences, and kept me "glued to my chair." I was pleasantly surprised at how well Charlie Sheen and Clint Eastwood interfaced with each other in the movie. I really enjoyed seeing Charlie Sheen in his prime acting condition, and before he suffered the behavioral problems which he faces today!
Another treat, I enjoyed watching this movie in the blue-ray format. The color intensity matches well with the high intensity action!
If you are an action movie fan, don't miss it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Before I purchased this blu ray I noticed one of the reviewers asking why people hate on this movie (I am paraphrasing). I missed this movie in the theaters and due to some weird twist of fate I did not own it on vhs or dvd. I own a lot of Eastwood movies but I guess with each new format I tend to start over with the ones I remember best. I happened to be at a Barnes and Noble and thought of this movie, and they didn't have it. Luckily amazon had it at a great price. Regardless of reviews I would have purchased this movie anyway based on the track records of the players involved.

So when the reviewer asked their question, it caused me to read it all, as that was a definite wtf moment. So let me reiterate what they said this IS a great movie. Anyone who is a fan of Eastwood or Sheen or of Old school action movies and Cop Movies will love this. It has everything. And Eastwood as a director tends to make his characters flawed which make them relatable even though the circumstances are ones we'd never find ourselves in. But you understand the motivations and the evolutions of the characters as the plot moves on. I won't give any specific details because if you are someone like me who has never seen it you'll want to watch it without spoilers. Everything works in this movie, even in spots where it might be a little off-kilter or over the top. The characters blend well, they work well off each other and Eastwood knows how to make moments tense when then need to be and a bit more humorous to take the edge off when it needs to be. Eastwood is classic Eastwood. I have only seen Charlie Sheen in movies like Hot Shots or movies where he plays more towards comedy so it was nice to see him work with a more dramatic role.

the action is great and well staged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheen and Eastwood
Rather an unlikely pairing, but workable. Raul Julia and Sonia Braga round out a great cast. If you are big Eastwood fan (as I am) then it is a decent buy. Read more
Published 14 days ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Great movie, Great quality! I will suggest this move to all my friends and family and my coworkers. Buy this movie
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Rexin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Happy.... We love both actors and it was great to see them together in a movie. Will watch it again
Published 2 months ago by carlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars FAST
Published 2 months ago by BOOKWORM
4.0 out of 5 stars suspensefull
Clint and Sheen were very exciting to watch. Also the woman that flirted with Clint was good. You didn't know what she would do next. All the stars played their parts very well.
Published 2 months ago by Robert C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie always good to watch and to add to my movie collection have alot and still want more and on the way to changinging all my vhs over
Published 3 months ago by Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A semi-carbon copy of the Dirty Harry flicks
Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, Los Angeles police Detective Nick Pulovki(Charlie Sheen) figures he’s got all the help he needs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taheen Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This review has nothing to do with the seller or the way he does business. The seller shipped the DVD quickly. However, the movie itself was so lame I kept falling asleep. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sludge Guzzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Comedy, and a touch of suspense
This movie is very good and enjoyable to watch many times. The movie successfully runs separate stories into one plot, nicely done and on top of it, it was not easily predictable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by factsonly
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Movie
I liked it. Decent plot. Some of the acting could've been a little better. Nice action scenes, cars, and humor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynda Dunbar
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