When he made this film, Clint Eastwood had worked with Warner Bros. for 21 years as an actor and director. Over the years, an unwritten deal had developed between the actor and the studio--in return for starring in a commercial vehicle for Warner Bros., he would have the chance to direct a
more "personal" film. In 1988, he resurrected his "Dirty Harry" character in THE DEAD POOL so that he was allowed to direct BIRD, the biography of Charlie Parker. In 1990, he directed and starred in the noncommercial WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART, and THE ROOKIE was his payback. It features Charlie
Sheen as David Ackerman, a recently promoted plain-clothes detective who's lugging aro...