Training Day

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In a powerful departure from his frequent good-guy roles, Denzel Washington plays Harris, the twisted but charismatic detective who both attracts and repels as he becomes the kind of thug he's supposed to collar. Ethan Hawke plays unseasoned recruit Hoyt. And Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers, Bait) directs, guiding a cast that includes music stars Dr. Dre, Macy Gray and Snoop Dogg. Training Day. It's a day of reckoning.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 202646099
UPC 012569809451
UPC 14 00012569809451
Format HD DVD
Release Date 5/9/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Antoine Fuqua - Director
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Conrad Buff, IV - Editor
David Ayer - Writer
David Lazan - Art Director
Denzel Washington - Actor
Ethan Hawke - Actor
Jeffrey Silver - Producer
Mark Mancina - Original Music By
Mauro Fiore - Cinematographer
Naomi Shohan - Production Designer
Scott Glenn - Actor
Tom Berenger - Actor
Awards
Winner (2002) Image Award, Denzel Washington, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,MTV Award, Snoop Dogg, Best Cameo,MTV Award, Denzel Washington, Best Villain,Oscar, Denzel Washington, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominee (2002) Image Award, Training Day, Outstanding Motion Picture,MTV Award, Denzel Washington, Best Line,Oscar, Ethan Hawke, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Denzel Washington, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Screen Actors Guild, Denzel Washington, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role,Screen Actors Guild, Ethan Hawke, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Training Day]'s riveting and intense, with just enough action to satisfy those who enjoy that genre and enough substance to satiate viewers who are tired of the long litany of dumb motion pictures marching through multiplexes. Unfortunately, Training Day doesn't deliver the complete package. The last 15 minutes are full of cliches, contrivances, and smart characters acting dumb - all in the name of providing a "pat" conclusion. The disappointing climax is not enough to take Training Day off the recommendation list - the rest of the film is too strong - but it diminishes its impact...It's rare these days that a movie being touted as a "contemporary action thriller" (Warner Brothers' words, not mine) can stand tall as a piece of social commentary. There's an almost Shakespearean quality about the construction of the narrative (at least until the final fifteen minutes), and Alonzo is the kind of charismatic, flawed individual that the Bard would have enjoyed penning a tale about...Training Day represents a mainstream motion picture that can be seen and appreciated as more than "mindless entertainment".
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Training Day" is an equal-opportunity police brutality picture, depicting a modern Los Angeles in which the black cop is slimier and more corrupt than anybody ever thought the white cops were. Alonzo Harris, played by Denzel Washington, makes Popeye Doyle look like Officer Friendly. So extreme is his mad dog behavior, indeed, that it shades over into humor: Washington seems to enjoy a performance that's over the top and down the other side...For Denzel Washington, "Training Day" is a rare villainous role; he doesn't look, sound or move like his usual likable characters, and certainly there's no trace of the football coach from "Remember the Titans." The movie...keeps pushing him, and by the end, it has pushed him right into pure fantasy. Antoine in the earlier scenes seems extreme but perhaps believable; by the end, he's like a monster from a horror film, unkillable and implacable...For its kinetic energy and acting zeal, I enjoyed the movie. I like it when actors go for broke. Ethan Hawke is well cast as the cop who believes "we serve and protect" but has trouble accepting the logic of Alonzo's style of serving and protection.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com ...one of the finest cops-and-robbers thrillers of recent years, full of devious twists and gun-grinding tension...
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...Washington delivers the performance of his career.
Michael O'Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times ...Washington exudes the charm of a psychopath. He bristles, taunts, bellows and cajoles to get what he wants...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Knockout action entertainment.
Richard Schickel, Time ...Washington gives a hot-wired performance. The movie is first rate.
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