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Rookie [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Clint Eastwood , Charlie Sheen , Clint Eastwood    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N83X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rookie 3 July 2005
Made with all the subtlety of a house brick this film is a full face on assault on the viewer from the very beginnings of the speeding chase between the cops and the hijacked car-transporter to the final shot out at the airport terminal.
The film uses all the most well worn tricks of the "buddy-buddy / old cop - rookie cop / poor down on his luck - rich privileged / rule breaking - rule following" action movies ever made and is at least honest enough not to try to pretend to be anything else.
Clint Eastwood is an interesting choice in such a film and his performance is clearly better than the film actually demands. The Schwarzenegger like one-liners are made more amusing when coming from his lips although the crafting of a new catch phrase "You gotta light?" doesn't quite work. Charlie Sheen is mean, moody and handsome and isn't really required to be anything else, the dad-son "You were never there for me!" scenes are an embarrassment to be perfectly frank and could well have been omitted from the film.
Even more painful though is the extraordinary Germanic accent employed by chief baddie Raul Julia, taking every opportunity to put a "z" in every word he snarls and grimaces from scene to scene, "Venn I goez, I goez wiz ze bang!" mind you topping even this is Sonia Braga as Julia's girlfriend Liesl. Never before have I seen such an unattractive supposedly sexy character and whose actual purpose in the film was puzzling to say the least. But going even one stage higher in the bad acting stakes is Pepe Serna as Eastwood's boss, hats off to this guy for managing to do every possible human emotion, from anger to fear to depression to joy without once changing his facial expression!
I'm probably being unfair here, as I say it is a good old fashioned cops and robbers action film and at least with Eastwood on board it is raised to a slightly higher level than most, but don't expect anything more than this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood falls asleep at the wheel 17 Nov 2010
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The Rookie comes from the darkest point in Clint Eastwood's career, in more ways than one. Eastwood's policy of one-for-him and one-for-the-studio had usually balanced his more ambitious personal films with solid crowdpleasing hits, which The Rookie was clearly intended to be, but following on from the critically acclaimed but financially disastrous Bird and White Hunter, Black Heart, it turned out to be every bit as critically derided and financially disastrous as Pink Cadillac, leading many to assume that the star was past his sell-by date until Unforgiven rescued both his credibility and his box-office viability.

Rumoured to have began life as a Dirty Harry sequel with Eastwood passing on the reins to a younger star - here Charlie Sheen's troubled rich kid - to keep the franchise alive, it's certainly one of his worst films even on a dumb Saturday night action level, lazily written and shot in almost total darkness at times, as was Eastwood's wont in those days. Blu-ray certainly helps improve the picture quality on TV but the night scenes still require more work than they should to decipher at times. The script is pretty much beyond redemption, though, taking mere seconds to descend into unintentionally laughable and only occasionally aspiring to the heights of vaguely competent.

There's nothing wrong with clichés in an action movie if you can pull them off with some wit or panache or at least have decent action setpieces to punctuate them, but this is just lazy and very shoddily made, with Eastwood literally sitting out much of the second half of the film while Sheen unconvincingly goes on a crimebusting rampage because "It's time for me to stop being afraid and other people to start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a Rookie 8 Dec 2009
Of all the Clint Eastwood films this is the one I've been after for ages. Everytime I tried to order it I was told it was Region 1 only. When I saw it was available as an import I jumped at the chance. Despite being an import sound and picture quality is excellent. The story and acting was never going to be Oscar material but who cares. It's fantastic entertainment. Action all the way. For me,one of the best lines was when Charlie Sheen's dad puts money into Clint Eastwood's pocket and says, "I want you to guarantee my son's life." Clint Eastwwod takes the money out of his pocket and with cigar in hand, replies, "If you want a guarantee. Buy a toaster!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood on automatic pilot but... 27 Sep 2008
Clint Eastwood on automatic pilot is a lot better than some peoples best films, so make no mistake this may be the worst film ever that he directed himself but its still pretty good. In fact for me it would have been 3.5 stars.

Its really a Dirty Harry film under another name, and with a decent cast including the always watchable Charlie Sheen its an easy way to pass an hour and a half. There are a couple of laugh out loud moments, especially the seat belt gag.

Of course the reason to watch the film is the man himself. Aged 61 when this was made he was still in top shape and is effortlessly cool throughout the film. Some of the dialogue isn't as good as that in the classic Dirty Harry films but there's still enough laconic lines for the Eastwood fan to get by on.

So its no classic by Eastwood standards, but as comedy/cop/thrillers go, which also happens to star a living legend, its a dam sight better than you might expect given it rather poor reputation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good entertainment as always from clint.
Published 7 days ago by B. M. Stuart
2.0 out of 5 stars rookie
i dont like this film even though my two favourite stars are in it i dont think it was nessarary to put dog fighting scenes into what would otherwise be a good film
Published 1 month ago by christine dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eastwood and sheen
Eastwood and sheen at there best, great action and humor from both actors, and a classic sex scene with eastwood
Published 2 months ago by michael gunn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rookie rocks.
I have never seen a positive review of this film from a film critic or magazine article since it's release. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DAN H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood Collection - The Rookie [DVD]
Clint Eastwood Collection - The Rookie [DVD] movie is ok not his best, paid 17 pounds , got this for a gift ,the case will be different as shown above ,as this dvd been out for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by D Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars film classic
Rating because is an enjoyable film to me, like the story line and the actors, recommend this film to everyone.
Published 9 months ago by les robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the film
Film was very good and the purchase arrived in very good condition. I liked it very much and it is a good addition to my collection
Published 18 months ago by Mr John B Hutchison
5.0 out of 5 stars the rookie region 1
good disk and its a film i like no extras of note but decent pic and sound clint eastwood charlie sheen and raul julia are pretty good disk made in mexico! Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Mrs. Catherine Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars The rookie
I was very disappointed as when received it it came in the rookie box and the disc said the rookie but the film was tightrope
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Bazzer1966
3.0 out of 5 stars not one of clint eastwoods best but action packed from start to end
i bought this film for one reason only because it starred one of my favourite actors of all time, the amazing mr eastwood, sadly this film isnt one of his best but then they cant... Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2011 by vera
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