Training Day

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Overview

The Fast and the Furious 2001 screenwriter David Ayer follows up that fast-paced action hit with this gritty cop drama from director Antoine Fuqua. Ethan Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie anxious to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris Denzel Washington. Harris has agreed to give Hoyt a shot at joining his team with a one-day ride-along during which Hoyt must prove his mettle. As the day wears on, however, it ...
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Overview

The Fast and the Furious 2001 screenwriter David Ayer follows up that fast-paced action hit with this gritty cop drama from director Antoine Fuqua. Ethan Hawke stars as Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced Los Angeles Police Department rookie anxious to join the elite narcotics squad headed up by 13-year veteran Detective Sergeant Alonzo Harris Denzel Washington. Harris has agreed to give Hoyt a shot at joining his team with a one-day ride-along during which Hoyt must prove his mettle. As the day wears on, however, it becomes increasingly clear to the greenhorn that his experienced mentor has blurred the line between right and wrong to an alarming degree, enforcing his own morally compromised code of ethics and street justice. As he struggles with his conscience, an increasingly alarmed Hoyt begins to suspect that he's not really being given an audition at all; he's being set up as the fall guy in an elaborate scheme. Training Day co-stars Tom Berenger, Scott Glenn, and recording artists Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Macy Gray.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Denzel Washington scored his second Oscar for his arresting portrayal of a corrupt narcotics officer in this electrifying urban thriller. He plays one of L.A.’s most flamboyant detectives, a departmental legend with whom young rookie Ethan Hawke is delighted to be teamed. Their first day together starts off with a major drug bust, and in the hours that follow, the rookie learns a lot more from, and about, his new partner. Washington's Alonzo Harris is soon revealed as a thoroughly corrupt cop who delights in preying on street thugs and competing drug dealers. In keeping with his character’s naïveté and reticence, Hawke’s performance is appropriately subdued, and it earned him an Academy Award nomination of his own for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Cast members Scott Glenn especially fine as a retired cop caught up in Washington’s schemes, Tom Berenger, and Harris Yulin are equally well calibrated, and rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg also contribute effective turns. But Training Day belongs lock, stock, and barrel to Washington, and director Antoine Fuqua grants the star ample leeway to dominate every scene with his trademark intensity. Clearly relishing the opportunity to draw upon his dark side, Washington makes this rogue cop one of the most memorable characters he’s played over the course of a distinguished career. Fuqua supplies a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and two music videos.
All Movie Guide
In his most nefarious film role yet, Denzel Washington keeps the audience stumbling off balance, forcing them to ponder whether his unorthodox crime-fighting methods are justifiable radicalism or a deviant abuse of power. With bawdy humor and grudging praise providing counterpoint to his fierce stares and verbal intimidation, it's difficult to determine whether he's toughening a protégé through trial by fire, or laughing at a patsy he despises. Antoine Fuqua's Training Day is a violent, vigorous film sure to leave viewers uneasily processing their feelings about it. In that climate of renewed reverence for the police, the film's exaggerated portrayal of narcotics officers can't help but feel a bit uncharitable. Still, there's immediacy to the thesis that these undercover cops are so ornately jeweled, so hip to street culture, and so entrenched in their renegade philosophies that they become indistinguishable from the gangsters they're hunting. The film also understands how this world is governed by bravado, as Washington astutely and systematically manipulates Ethan Hawke's eagerness to prove he's man enough for the job. Washington alternates between visceral intensity and mere showiness in a role that's courageously unlikable, while Hawke makes the most of a soft, underwritten character. Even while including a handful of stylized camera tricks, Fuqua maintains a tense realism by filming in some of L.A.'s worst neighborhoods, using his own street credibility to convince real drug dealers and low-lifes to appear in the film. No less challenging for its flawed sensationalism, Training Day is bracing cinema.
Village Voice
Propulsive, elegantly written police thriller. Amy Taubin
Los Angeles Times
Even though Training Day doesn't resolve itself as well as it deserves and ends strictly cops-and-robbers style, it's given us some great acting and something to ponder. Kenneth Turan

Propulsive, elegantly written police thriller. Amy Taubin
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 012569745759
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: UMD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington 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
Nick Chinlund Tim
Jaime Gomez Mark
Raymond Cruz Sniper
Noel Guglielmi Moreno
Eva Mendes Sara Harris
Sarah Danielle Madison Female Passenger
Technical Credits
Antoine Fuqua Director
David Ayer Co-producer, Screenwriter
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Conrad Buff Editor
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Randy Fletcher Asst. Director
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Davis Guggenheim Executive Producer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
David S. Lazan Art Director
Sue Lomino Set Decoration/Design
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Michele Michel Costumes/Costume Designer
Bobby Newmyer Producer
Susan E. Novick Associate Producer
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Scott Strauss Co-producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Russell Williams II Sound/Sound Designer
David Wisnievitz Co-producer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    what an amanzing movie!

    i never thought that Denzel Washington would be the bad guy in the movie but he is and this movie is outstanding so is Ethan Hawke wow this is just like Seven with Brad Pitt and Morgon Freemon i recommend this film to everybody !

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    "King Kong ain't got *** on me!"

    incredible! this movie is just crazy. I haven't found anyone who hasn't seen this. this will make a great christmas gift for that guy or girl in your life! Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Darker Side of Denzel

    Denzel Washington has always starred as the periennially good guy in a lot of his roles. It's refreshing to see that he can transition into such an easy corrupted narcotics cop. He really could be one of those prickish egomaniacal narcotics agents that it's almost frightening. His elaborate scheming into turns Ethan Hawke from a naive and idealistic "rookie" cop into an accessory to murder in one day, just like that. His one ruthless voto. The Russians get him in the end. I sympathize with Hawke as he is a youthful image of Washington that never turns sour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    training day

    Training Day was a good movie. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke did a great job. It had lots of action, good story about a cop who pretends to be good but turns bad and Denzel's performace. I will give this movie an A+.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Training Day

    This movie showed itself a masterpiece of cinematography. You could actually feel the minutes and hours tick away as the day progressed. Denzel's performance, of course, was over the top. He is definetly one of the greatest actors ever to come out of Hollywood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING

    Could a film be more real and down to earth than Training Day? The film was of course one of the best films of the year, the performances by Ethan and Washington were astonishing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    King Kong aint got nothing on me

    A story about a police officer going bad and his trainee trying to put a stop to it. I can't say any more just watch it you will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He does it again!

    This movie is sensational Denzel plays the ideal dirty cop determined to play everybody to get what he wants...their trust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweetass movie

    Whoa, i watched Training Day two days ago, and i loved it. Some part is pretty funny i guess. But i couldn't get the main point of the movie. But still, it was sweetass movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just superb!!!

    nothing to tell abt it, its to c it. Denzel washington acted just great iand kept suspense lingering ahead of time...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    over rated

    I think that if any actor other than Denzel had played his part, this film would have gone largely unnoticed. Ethan hawke was decent as was Denzel, but the movie isn't really that good. People are just shocked that denzel could be an unlikable character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the worst Denzel movies

    I have seen every one of Denzel Washington's movies and have liked all of them until this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Big Deal !!!

    This was only a so,so,movie.All the good works that D.W. was in and the fools in hollywaste pick this dog to pass out the award on.Token all the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional Director= Exceptioanl Film= Best acting i've seen

    When I had first heard of training day I said ''Ah, no big deal. Just another Denzel flick.'' Boy was I wrong. I'm not a great fan of Antonnie Fuqua since he's only made 2 movies(excluding this one). I only saw his Replacment Killers, which I highly enjoyed. I didn't see Bait, because well I heard it was s***. Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke blew me away with their performances. Especially Denzel from always being a 'good' guy. I reccomend this to anyone that's looking for good action, good acting, and a good movie. By the way look out for that annoying Agent from Rush Hour 2, I heard he was in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Performance of Denzel Washington's Career!

    I had honestly grown tired of all of Denzel Washington's ''goodie two shoes'' roles over the years, the great actor that he is. His performance in ''Training Day,'' however, has given me newfound respect for him as an actor unfraid to break from his usual mold and go against type. In this hard-hitting, in-your-face cop drama, not only does Washington play ''the bad guy,'' but he milks it for all its worth - and makes it look easy! His Alonzo Harris would make Dirty Harry look like Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. His Best Actor Oscar win at this year's Academy Awards was highly appropriate. Denzel Washington is arguably the best actor of his generation. Kudos as well to Ethane Hawke for holding his own against the likes of Washington, as well as snagging his first Oscar nomination. He shows that he has a long and stellar film career ahead of him. ''Training Day'' is a brutally realistic cop flick that will grab you by the throat and won't let go. The powerhouse performances of Denzel Washington and Ethane Hawke will stay with you long after the closing credits. Clearly, it is one of my ten all-time favorite films. Washington, Hawke, the supporting cast, director Antoine Fuqua, writer David Ayer, and Warner Bros. should all take a bow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVE OF 2001

    Non stop action: will keep you at the edge of your seat. Denzel has finally broken all the rules in this picture.People, location, and Realty at its best. If you want to experance a ride into the hard realtys of one mans strugle to stay alive ; then hop on in and let Denzel do the driven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best of Denzel

    Denzel washington has once again proved what a great actor he is. I have followed Denzel's career since his television days (St. Elsewhere), and have loved him since then. Great job Denzel. Elaine Childs Phila,PA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Training Day

    Training Day was a very good DVD to watch. It was on of the best movies I have seen all year,so far! Espically the soundtrack to it with Nelly and everone else on it. Denzil Washinton is a very good actor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Denzal is a grate

    He is the actor I see my life.grate and fantasy acting. absulutly get high score.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2002

    Training Day

    It is great to see attention given to Denzel for his work in Training Day. He is a out- standing actor. He's outstanding in all movies I have seen him in.

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