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Packing years of experience and a .45 automatic, LAPD Detective Nick Pulovki figures he’s got all the help he needs. He’s also got all the help he doesn’t need. His new partner is The Rookie. Director/star Clint Eastwood is Pulovski. Charlie Sheen is the by-the-book newcomer. Each reluctantly relies on the other to stop a killer-elite gang of auto thieves. Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Lara Flynn Boyle and Tom Skerritt co-star with “the most spectacular action sequences Eastwood has ever filmed” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune). A freeway becomes an 80-mph bumper car game. A barrio bar busts open like a giant piñata. The two drive through a wall to escape an exploding building…five stories up. Fasten your seat belt.


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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel
  • Producers: Howard Kazanjian, Steven Siebert, David Valdes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 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: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AWRMA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,355 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Robinson on February 9, 2007
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By carl womack on 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Hayes on April 17, 2004
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Roberto Elias on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on July 20, 2011
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nearly Nubile on November 10, 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. White on July 11, 2012
Format: DVD
It's a Clint Eastwood cop movie. What immediately comes to mind? The five Dirty Harry films, right? Or maybe The Gauntlet? Possibly even Tightrope? All great or near-great Eastwood cop pictures. So you'd expect the same from 1990's The Rookie, co-starring Charlie Sheen as Eastwood's new sidekick.

Well, you'd be wrong, like I was. Although relatively entertaining, particularly the second half, something keeps The Rookie from attaining the heights of those other Eastwood cop films. As it is, it's just okay.

The film co-stars Raul Julia and Sonia Braga as the main villains and Tom Skerritt as Sheen's rich dad.

Bottom line: This is a mildly disappointing Eastwood cop flick. It's not bad, but it's not good either. It's somewhere in between. And the constant stream of forced f-bombs don't help (don't get me wrong, I prefer realism in pictures and therefore can handle realistic cussing; it just comes across noticeably forced here).
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