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« on: December 30, 2002, 09:34:27 PM »

Why did Clint do this film? Did he not see the badness in it? Or did he just think he could turn it all around and come out with a good film? Or was he under some sort of WB contract to do it? Why? WHY?
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2002, 02:49:52 AM »

Bar bet.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2002, 03:17:45 PM »

Hate to not be with you all on the film but I enjoy the Rookie from time to time.  I just think the whole Sheen-Eastwood thing works out.  Not his best but I still enjoy any Clint movie I watch.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2002, 04:26:54 PM »

There are few moments in the Rookie that makes it worth watching.For exaple Sonia Braga-Clint-scene in the warehouse.Quite funny,I think.
But there is nothing funny or enjoyable in Pink Cadillac or Dead pool.Those films are rubbish.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2003, 08:38:21 PM »

Why did Clint do this film? Did he not see the badness in it? Or did he just think he could turn it all around and come out with a good film? Or was he under some sort of WB contract to do it? Why? WHY?
Nightwing,

I was today at the library and decided to check the books about Clint. I saw Richard Schickel’s book and took a few peeks.

I found this about the Rookie:

“The Rookie, the picture he [Clint] began working on in April, was another script WB controlled and urged on him. […] His was virtually a supporting role, and he went along with it because he thought directorially he might be able to make something of it. “Also, I didn’t have something else to do at that time”

(hardcover ed., pages 448 and 449)

Hope this answers a few of your questions.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2003, 08:44:15 PM »

Also keep in mind that The Rookie came out the same year as White Hunter, Black Heart. The Rookie would have a better chance of making money.
It's been a while since I've seen this one, but I do have it on VHS. I think the movie can be enjoyed as long as you don't expect it to be better than any other cop movie Eastwood's done.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2003, 01:45:24 AM »

I think The Rookie is easily Clints worst film. Diabolical and without a single redeeming feature.

I couldn't bring myself to watch it again... but so what...he has maintained such a high standard of work over the past 40 years I can forgive him this one slip....
When you consider the amount of work Clint has been involved in over the years I think it's amazing how few mistakes/miscalculations when compared to his contemporaries, he has made.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2003, 04:49:01 AM »

It's the repeating office scene gags I can't stand. :'(

Apart from the bungled attempts at humour, it's an exciting enough cop actioner.
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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2003, 09:10:34 AM »

I can only assume that he was drunk at the time of reading the script as it's the only way to watch the movie  ;)
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2003, 10:13:59 AM »

i liked the opening and thought it was going to be a better movie than it was

-- what was disappointing was the use of raul julia i am sure he could have been made to be a better  adversary than he was and the bit in the airport was a farce

-- the storyline itself was good -- but unfortunately it wasn't given enough attention or something -- perhaps having sonia braga they thought would be enough -- but it wasn't
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2005, 06:43:11 PM »

Geez,how bad was this film,no wonder it took me ages to find a thread about it( page 32 of 33 ).
I can't find anything in this movie to recommend it if you haven't seen it already.No Humour,only one good action scene which was the freeway pile up in the first couple of minutes and at 116 minutes wayyyy too long.It just seemed as if everyone was going through this at slow motion.There's no thrills or spills just a very boring film.Definitely at the bottom rung on the Clint Eastwood film resume.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2006, 09:29:33 AM »

Also keep in mind that The Rookie came out the same year as White Hunter, Black Heart. The Rookie would have a better chance of making money.
It's been a while since I've seen this one, but I do have it on VHS. I think the movie can be enjoyed as long as you don't expect it to be better than any other cop movie Eastwood's done.
Wow, I finally got around to watching the movie again about three years after I made this post. :D

I still stand by that. In terms of action movies, or cop movies, it's at the bottom of the list, but I like Eastwood and Sheen together.
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2006, 02:06:22 PM »

I've always thought that Charlie Sheen was the movie's weakest link  :(

Weak point #2: the bad guys. Not convincing. "German" criminals?! ;D :o
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2006, 03:45:21 PM »



 The Rookie " Clint's worst Film"...???..ha ha ha..

I'd hate to think you own Pink Cadillac, Firefox, The Guantlet, or even Paint Your Wagon on DVD???
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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2006, 03:59:50 PM »

The Gauntlet is a favorite of mine.

As for Paint Your Wagon and Pink Cadillac, though they are not in my top 10, they're fun to watch. Far from being masterpieces, that's for sure, but definitely watchable.


Clint's in it? That's a good enough reason for me to own the DVD  ;)
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2006, 04:43:34 PM »

Payback for Warner's.. a trade off ;)
 
(Thinking CLINT + ACTION = HIT = MONEY)

In return for making White Hunter Black Heart.
That's just my personal opinion.
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2006, 04:48:20 PM »


 The Rookie " Clint's worst Film"...???..ha ha ha..

I'd hate to think you own Pink Cadillac, Firefox, The Guantlet, or even Paint Your Wagon on DVD???

If I had a choice of those films to watch at anytime I'd pick one of them before The Rookie.Yes,even Paint your Wagon. :)
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2006, 04:56:27 PM »


 The Rookie " Clint's worst Film"...???..ha ha ha..

I'd hate to think you own Pink Cadillac, Firefox, The Guantlet, or even Paint Your Wagon on DVD???

Perry, you're saying The Rookie is better than The Guantlet?   ???  Interesting...
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« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2006, 07:56:26 PM »

Payback for Warner's.. a trade off ;)
 
(Thinking CLINT + ACTION = HIT = MONEY)

In return for making White Hunter Black Heart.
That's just my personal opinion.

Interesting. How about The Dead Pool, then?
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« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2006, 08:06:12 PM »

Hello KC, what about The Dead Pool, are you asking why I think Clint made the film? Or if I think he traded off The Dead Pool for White Hunter Black Heart?
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