The Rookie (1990)
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as Nick Pulovski
as David Ackerman
as Eugene Ackerman
as Lt. Ray Garcia
as Laura Ackerman
as Maitre `d
as Freeway Motorist
as Little Felix
as Connie Ling
as Capt. Hargate
as David, as a Child
as David's Brother
as Heather Torres
as Detective Orrison
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There's even a scene in which Sheen's rich father screams, "I gave you everything you ever wanted!" To which he yells back, "You were never there for me!" Right out of Arthur Miller, isn't it?
Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ...
Fails miserably to join the ranks of buddy cop classics like Lethal Weapon and 48 hours.
The film offers some disturbingly misogynist elements as well as a healthy dose of crushing violence. Still, those quibbles aside, this is a fun movie and a must-see for Eastwood fans.
Audience Reviews for The Rookie
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.
It was an okay movie. And it was nice to see Clint Eastwood actualy do something instead of just stairing into the sun for two hours
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.
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