A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Nick Pulovski (Clint Eastwood) is a cop, who is presently assigned to the auto theft division and who for the most part of his career has not done anything worthwhile. But when he discovers that a man named Strom (Raul Julia) is the brains behind a major car theft and chop shop ring, he sees this as his opportunity to do something. After his partner Powell (Hal Williams) is killed, the case is then transfered to homicide, so he is taken off the case. And he is assigned a new partner, David Ackerman (Charlie Sheen). a cop who has just recently been promoted to detective. But Pulovski feeling as if Strom is his, and decides to continue pursuing him, but Ackerman who tries to play by the rules is not sure what to do, and he is also a little afraid because of a childhood incident.Written by
In a 1991 interview titled "Firestarter Brazilian actress Sônia Braga brings sizzle to the screen" published in Orange Coast Magazine, Braga said of working on this movie, that she had "never done action before" and "had to learn running and kicking and hitting." Braga said, When you act with the director, you don't have any barriers because you're giving and taking at the same time." See more »
When Nick Pulovski (Clint Eastwood) is showing his partner, David Ackerman (Charlie Sheen), his collection of motorcycles, Ackerman says of the one bike that it is "a 1967 Triumph TR6". A Triumph TR6 is a sports car, not a motorbike. See more »
The UK cinema version was cut by 10 secs for a 15 certificate to reduce footage of gunshots and a closeup of Pulovski's forehead being cut with a razor blade. The cuts were restored in 18 rated video releases. See more »
Clint Eastwood is in a class by himself. There are not many actors that can act and direct. This movie, The Rookie, is a classical example of Clint's ability to act and direct. Whether its a western or more urban such as Dirty Harry in San Frsncisco or Wes Boc in New Orleans or a Texas Ranger in A Perfect Day chasing after a hardened criminal, Kevin Costner, who's kidnapped a 7 year old boy whose mother is a Jehovah's Witness.
To attack the script and the directing and using those as a means to ridicule Mr. Eastwood as an actor and a director is wrongheaded thinking. Clint Eastwood is an American Icon. By deriding Clint Esstwood one is attacking a shining example of hard work and dedication to ones work--in this case acting.
One should view this movie for the entertainment value that the actors involved brought to us. The one actor who really struggled through this movie was Raul Julie who was struggling with his liver disease. Actors are professional and enjoy bringing us there trade for our enjoyment.
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