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The Rookie1990

The Rookie (1990)



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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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Clint Eastwood
as Nick Pulovski
Charlie Sheen
as David Ackerman
Tom Skerritt
as Eugene Ackerman
Pepe Serna
as Lt. Ray Garcia
Donna Mitchell
as Laura Ackerman
Xander Berkeley
as Blackwell
Tony Plana
as Morales
Roger LaRue
as Maitre `d
Lloyd Nelson
as Freeway Motorist
Jordan Lund
as Bartender
Paul Ben-Victor
as Little Felix
Jeanne Mori
as Connie Ling
Paul Butler
as Capt. Hargate
Seth Allen
as David, as a Child
Coleby Lombardo
as David's Brother
Roberta Vasquez
as Heather Torres
Joe Farago
as Anchorman
Mary Lou Kenworthy
as Receptionist
George Orrison
as Detective Orrison
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Critic Reviews for The Rookie

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Fails miserably to join the ranks of buddy cop classics like Lethal Weapon and 48 hours.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's all meant in good fun, but it isn't. It's tired.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

[A] depressingly familiar mismatched cop adventure ...

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

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?

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Overlong, sadistic and stale even by the conventions of the buddy pic genre ...

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Clint's in this car wreck doing his usual macho thing, which might be enough to satisfy his fans.

August 2, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


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 Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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