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The Rookie

4.0 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews

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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 (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N83X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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 review is primarily for the blu-ray transfer--the picture quality, sound quality, etc.--not for how good the story or acting is, or not. This has a beautiful picture, with very accurate colors (as with the flesh tones, for example), vivid colors, and it's quite sharp. And this is a 1990 film. The audio is excellent as well. I'm very pleased with this purchase, which is an upgrade to the DVD I already owned.

On my 55" HD TV, this is far superior to the DVD.

The movie is compelling throughout, if thin a little in the plot at times, and weak, too, in the poor German accent from the fine actor, Raul Julia (read: "laughable"-- saying "ziss" and "zat" were his only attempts at sounding German). With no attempt even made at a German accent from Sonia Braga! And incompetent, not-believable acting by the guy playing Clint and Charlie's police boss-- he was truly pitiful, and over-acting. He was not helped by his having tired, cookie-cutter lines.

But, a film with Clint and Charlie has to be good, at least, if not great, plus entertaining, fun, and funny, too-- and this one doesn't disappoint on any of these elements. A fun ride.

There are no extras with this blu-ray, but, yes, it does have a menu!

GREAT job on this film's transfer via excellent Blu Ray remastering. One of the best blu rays, technically, for a 1990 film.
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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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5 Stars all the Way ! And Not to mention that Clint Eastwood has been one of my Favorites Actors for a Long Time, I Just Love This Movie It has a lot of Action, A Lot of Bad Words and a Little Comedy, Perfect for see It In The Weekend , and I Have to Add that to Me This was The Best Movie of Charlie Sheen Too, Great Movie !
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