The Rookie

December 7, 1990 0 By Fans
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Clint Eastwood plays a veteran cop who gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German criminal (Raul Julia.)

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.6/10 (11,031 voted)

Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia

Nick Pulovski 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 is the brains behind a major car theft and chop shop ring, he sees this as his opportunity to do something. After his partner 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. a cop who has just recently been promoted to detective. But Pulovski feeling as if Strom is his 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 cause of a childhood incident.

Writers: Boaz Yakin, Scott Spiegel


Clint Eastwood

Nick Pulovski

Charlie Sheen

David Ackerman

Raul Julia


Sonia Braga


Tom Skerritt

Eugene Ackerman

Lara Flynn Boyle


Pepe Serna

Lt. Raymond Garcia

Marco Rodríguez

Loco Martinez

Pete Randall


Donna Mitchell

Laura Ackerman

Xander Berkeley

Ken Blackwell

Tony Plana


David Sherrill


Hal Williams


Lloyd Nelson

Freeway Motorist

Release Date: 7 December 1990

Filming Locations: East Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $21,633,874

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The movie was to be directed by Craig R. Baxley starring Matthew Modine and Gene Hackman in 1988 but the production was stopped by the Screen Actors Guild strike.


When Strom is going up the conveyor belt to the baggage carousel it is moving, but when he gets to the top it is stationary. The belt should be running since the carousel is running.


Nick Pulovski:
[to Strom]
There's gotta be a hundred reasons why I don't blow you away. Right now I can't think of one.

User Review

"Got a light?"


I know, I know. "The Rookie" is a critically lambasted action film, and from
what I've read from the other IMDb users, it's considered one of the worst
films since "Ishtar"! But, I'll cut "The Rookie" some slack, because I
happen to enjoy this flick pretty much. Yeah, the dialogue is a bit crappy,
especially by Pepe Serna's lines; he jitters while he talks most of the
length of time of the movie!

Well anyway, I thought it is a pretty enjoyable cop drama, due to the funny
chemistry between Eastwood and Sheen, who do great Mel Gibson/Danny Glover
impressions. The action is intense, and the suspense is quite strong, too.
"The Rookie" delivers the goods for fans of the action genre, but for those
who want a more logical movie, avoid "The Rookie".