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  • 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: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Aug. 1 2000
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790751259
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,146 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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This somewhat desperate-looking project pairs the aging Clint Eastwood (he also directed) with a younger actor (Charlie Sheen) who was hot at the time this film was made (1990). There's certainly nothing wrong with that strategy, but it would have helped if Eastwood had a decent story to wrap around his commercial strategy. The senior star plays a grizzled cop with a smooth-faced preppie (Sheen) as a new partner. Their odd-couple shtick is as predictable as one would expect, with each man approaching the same job with a wholly different set of convictions from the other. Inexplicably, Eastwood also hired Raul Julia and Sonia Braga to plays Germans, but then the scene most people remember in this movie is Braga's rape of Eastwood--indeed an unusual moment. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Galvin on June 30 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This exquisitely disastrous outing teams bright-eyed Charlie Sheen with hardbitten Clint Eastwood in a buddy-buddy cop movie that will leave you rolling on the floor. No cliche of the genre is ignored, right down to Raul Julia's camp villian and his psychopatic sidekick in the shapely form of Sonia Braga. The plot - such as it is - is hardly relevant. Far more entertaining are the exchanges between our idealistic young turk and his careworn mentor. The only highpoint is an hilarious sexual advance by Braga on a bound and captured Eastwood in what may well be sufficient material for an entirely separate project called, say, 'Senior Citizens - Down and Dirty'. Atrocious, in every way, but so bad it achieves a mesmerizing, comic brilliance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on Nov. 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 Mike Galvin on June 30 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This exquisitely disastrous outing teams bright-eyed Charlie Sheen with hardbitten Clint Eastwood in a buddy-buddy cop movie that will leave you rolling on the floor. No cliche of the genre is ignored, right down to Raul Julia's camp villian and his psychopatic sidekick in the shapely form of Sonia Braga. The plot - such as it is - is hardly relevant. Far more entertaining are the exchanges between our idealistic young turk and his careworn mentor. The only highpoint is an hilarious sexual advance by Braga on a bound and captured Eastwood in what may well be sufficient material for an entirely separate project called, say, 'Senior Citizens - Down and Dirty'. Atrocious, in every way, but so bad it achieves a mesmerizing, comic brilliance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carl womack on Sept. 15 2003
Format: VHS Tape
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timotee on Jan. 3 2003
Format: VHS Tape
"The Rookie" is the best Clint Eastwood movie to have ever been made since "Dirty Harry." You have a veteran cop named Nick Puvloski teamed up with a clueless, gutless rookie (Charlie Sheen) and you have pure lordage. They've teamed up to bring down an import auto dealer who was also the genius bad guy in "Street Fighter" (Raul Julia). Puvloski put his cigarette in the man's drink. Pure admiration. Genius lines were delivered with "Welcome to hell, man." Remember the parts where Ackerman goes on a rampage at the bar and raises some unholy hell. The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water, so let the MF burn! "Get in the freakin' car!" The stunts are worthy. This movie has brought lots of joy to my life. Heaven to my eyes and gratification to my mind. I have found myself after watching this movie. Praise Clint Eastwood for this masterpiece film. So, Warner Bros. PLEASE put this on DVD now, if not for me, but for human civilization.
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