The Rookie

1990

The Rookie

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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 piñ;ata. The two drive through a wall to escape an exploding buildingfive stories up. Fasten your seat belt.

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Critic Reviews for The Rookie

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Audience Reviews for The Rookie

  • Apr 01, 2013
    The Rookie is an underappreciated Eastwood film. Its non-stop action with an excellent cast, featuring Eastwood, Raul Julia, Tom Skerrit, terribly dangerous and sexy Sonja Bragga, and Charlie Sheen. With Sheen's infamous notoraity lately, I'm surprised this film hasn't gotten more attention. Sheen, following his Platoon and Wal Street roles is believable here as a blend of naivete and bravado. Eastwood is kind of a surrogate father who "school's him" on street life chasing G-rides. The story is plausible in some places and too dumb in others, but the stunts carry it. Its basically a coming-of-age tale and a standard crime-doesn't-pay tale mostly memorable for the action. The whole "you were never there for me dad" guilt trip over the dead brother subplot was not necessary, but I bought it. I recommend it for Eastwood fans or strictly as an escapst action flick. Lastly, notice Roberta Vasquez at the end as Sheen's new partner. She's a former LAPD officer and Playboy Playmate.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2012
    I started off liking this movie but towards the middle after the kidnapping something about it fell off for me & The Rookie became just another cop buddy action flick & I lost interest.I wanted to like this flick because Clint Eastwood was directing but I just couldn't.It wasn't a terrible movie but it wasn't great either & I think the only reason I even finished it was because I was so far into it anyways
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2011
    First time I've actually seen this uncut it seems as allot of the swearing and violence...err I've never seen before hehe. Clint teams up with a slightly chubby yet fresh faced Charlie Sheen to take down the nasty yet comically dastardly looking Raul Julia in this by the numbers cops v baddies buddie action flick. It shows how my taste has changed as I recall loving this when I was a teen but watching it now it really is quite lame with terrible performances from everyone, Clint is just 'Dirty Harry' again albeit with more humorous dialog and Sheen is just Sheen like he is in every film he's made. We move from setup to setup as the good guys plod along piecing together evidence whilst getting into all manner of outrageous problems and taking various body blows. Lots of shooting n missing, stereotypical bad guy characters and one very good car stunt out of a building and voila! your typical Saturday night takeaway 80's/90's action flick, Sheen for the young and Clint for the old.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    Didn't expect much but enjoyed it, Charlie Sheen and Clint Eastwood worked well together.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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