Training Day

October 5th, 2001

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Training Day

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On his first day on the job as a narcotics officer, a rookie cop works with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.6/10 (128,157 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn

In a city where streets are overrun by drug dealers, those who have sworn to uphold the law are breaking them to clean up the streets. Denzel Washington plays L.A.P.D. detective Alonzo Harris, a veteran narcotics officer whose methods of enforcing the law are questionable, if not corrupt. 'Training Day' follows Harris as he trains rookie Jake Hoyt over a 24-hour period. Ethical dilemmas arise for Hoyt as well as the audience as questions present themselves as to whether or not Harris' methodology for ridding the streets of South Central Los Angeles of drugs is right or wrong.

Denzel Washington - Det. Alonzo Harris
Ethan Hawke - Jake Hoyt
Scott Glenn - Roger
Tom Berenger - Stan Gursky
Harris Yulin - Doug Rosselli
Raymond J. Barry - Lou Jacobs
Cliff Curtis - Smiley
Dr. Dre - Paul
Snoop Dogg - Blue
Macy Gray - Sandman's Wife
Charlotte Ayanna - Lisa
Eva Mendes - Sara Harris (as Eva Mendez)
Nick Chinlund - Tim
Jaime Gomez - Mark (as Jaime P. Gomez)
Raymond Cruz - Sniper

Taglines: Boom Ba-Boom, Boom, Boom...


Official Website: Warner Bros (France) | Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 5 October 2001

Filming Locations: 1031 Everett St, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,550,788 (USA) (7 October 2001) (2712 Screens)

Gross: $76,261,036 (USA) (23 December 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The film had several police technical advisors. Among them is Detective-Sergeant Brian Davis, an LAPD veteran who is one of the most respected and decorated officer of the infamous elite Special Investigation Section.

Factual errors: Casting director Mary Vernieu's name is misspelled in the end credits, as "Mary Verneiu" (theatrical version only, not home video).

[first lines]
Jake: It's time.

User Review

What Movie Were You Guys Watching?!!

Rating: 9/10

I know I'm late as hell and I hate to break the overall 'vibe' about this movie but this movie was great when I saw it in the theater and gets better every time I watch it over again. And this is mainly because of the performances by Denzel and Ethan. I don't know what you guys expected but the movie CLEARLY suggests that Denzel is a crooked, burnt-out, streetwise cop and Ethan is a 'wet-behind-the-ears' clueless rookie. So knowing that, WHAT DID YOU GUYS EXPECT, Malcolm X, Remember The Titans, The Hurricane?? If you were, then maybe you all need to be checked out. The reason why this movie was so great is because it wasn't the typical Denzel 'role model' movie. We KNOW that he can play those roles well so it's a testament to his acting ability that he can portray the other side of the spectrum. And my hat goes off to Ethan because he bounces off Denzel flawlessly.

I hate to break the news to you guys but cops like Alonzo ARE OUT THERE and need to be acknowledged. Acting like the problem doesn't exist does not solve it. You don't have to go that deep to know that Alonzo was once a good cop who just got fed up w/ 'police procedures.' If you acknowledge that Jake's shallow-mindedness at the beginning of the film only allows him to look at the perks of making detective and how the progress of the day transforms him, you can really appreciate Ethan's portrayal of him. Let's face it, a bad day at the office when you're a narcotics detective differs greatly from that of an office executive and the different stresses can warrant different results.

Even the street rhetoric was authentic. Maybe you guys need to get out of the 'burbs more. You guys didn't actually expect eloquent dialogue with little or no profanity, did you? The only part of this movie I struggle with is Dr. Dre's terrible overacting and that isn't nearly enough to take away from the overall result.

Next time you guys bash a movie, make sure to try to be objective and rate what you see and not what you're used to seeing!!

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