TRAINING DAY is a 2001 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed
Antoine Fuqua , and written by
David Ayer .
Denzel Washington and
Ethan Hawke star as two LAPD narcotics officers over a 24-hour period
in the gang-ridden neighborhoods of the
LAPD Rampart Division and
South Central Los Angeles .
The film was released on October 5, 2001 and grossed $104 million
worldwide. The film received positive reviews, with Washington's
performance being particularly praised and earned him an Oscar for
Best Actor at the
74th Academy Awards . His co-star
Ethan Hawke was
nominated for Best Supporting Actor .
A television series based on the film , produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
, was announced in August of 2015 and premiered February 2, 2017 on
CBS . The series, starring
Bill Paxton and
Justin Cornwell , was
cancelled on May 17, 2017, after one season because of Bill Paxton's
* 1 Plot
* 2 Cast
* 3 Alonzo Harris
* 3.1 Casting
* 3.2 Reception
* 4 Production
* 5 Release
* 5.1 Critical response
* 5.2 Box office
* 5.3 Soundtrack
* 6 Accolades
* 7 TV series adaptation
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jake Hoyt is assigned for an
evaluation headed by an experienced narcotics officer Detective Alonzo
Harris . Alonzo is known to be a corrupt cop to several other
narcotics officers who are also on the take. Alonzo and Jake begin the
day by catching some college kids buying cannabis . Confiscating the
drugs from the kids, Alonzo tells Jake to smoke it. Jake refuses
initially, but only complies when Alonzo threatens him at gunpoint.
Alonzo states that refusing like this while on the streets would
easily get him killed. He tells Hoyt shortly thereafter that he had
actually consumed PCP . After paying a visit to Roger, an ex-police
officer turned drug dealer, Jake notices a pair of drug addicts
attempting to rape a young teenage girl in an alley. Jake intervenes
whilst Alonzo watches. After Alonzo scares them off, Jake finds the
girl's wallet on the ground and takes it.
Later on in the day, Alonzo and Jake apprehend a wheelchair-bound
dealer named Blue, and find crack rocks and a loaded handgun on him.
Rather than go to jail, Blue informs on his associate Kevin "Sandman"
Miller, who is in prison. Using a fake search warrant , the two steal
$40,000 from Sandman's home. Sandman's wife realizes the theft and
calls out to nearby gang members who open fire on Alonzo and Jake as
they flee. At lunch, the two visit Alonzo's mistress Sara and their
young son. After, Alonzo meets with a trio of corrupt high-ranking
police officials he dubs as the "Three Wise Men". They tell Alonzo
that they are aware the Russian Mafia are looking for him, and suggest
that he skips town. Alonzo insists he has control of the situation,
and trades Sandman's drug money for an arrest warrant .
Traveling back to Roger's house using the obtained warrant, Alonzo,
Jake, and four other narcotics officers just as corrupt as Alonzo
seize $4 million from the premises. Alonzo shoots and kills Roger when
Jake refuses to do so. Jake wholeheartedly refuses to be a part of it,
and when threatened seizes Alonzo's shotgun , prompting a Mexican
standoff with the other officers. Alonzo tells Jake that the LAPD will
run a blood test on him which will identify the PCP-laced cannabis he
smoked earlier. Alonzo promises he can falsify this in exchange for
his cooperation, Jake reluctantly agrees.
Later that evening, Alonzo drives Jake to the home of Smiley, a
Sureño to run an errand. Jake reluctantly plays poker with Smiley and
his fellow gang members as he waits for Alonzo, whilst Smiley reveals
Alonzo's situation. By midnight, Alonzo must pay $1 million to the
Russian Mafia for the killing of one of their men in
Las Vegas , or be
killed himself. Realizing that Alonzo abandoned him and has paid
Smiley to kill him, Jake retaliates but is beaten and dragged to the
bathroom to be executed. A gang member searches Jake for money before
he is killed, and finds the teenage girl's wallet who happens to be
Smiley's cousin. After hearing Jake's story of how he had saved her
from being raped earlier that day, Smiley shows gratitude and lets him
Jake returns to Sara's apartment to arrest Alonzo, but a gunfight and
chase ensue. Alonzo is subdued, whilst the entire neighborhood
congregates to watch. In an attempt to get the crowd on his side,
Alonzo offers money to whoever kills Jake; but nobody interferes.
Instead, they allow Jake to walk away with the money, and Jake plans
to submit it as evidence against Alonzo. Alonzo flees for his life to
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport , but his car is ambushed by the
Russians, who kill him. Jake returns home as the news broadcast
Alonzo's death, which eerily mirrors a quote spoken by Alonzo.
Denzel Washington as Detective Alonzo Harris
Ethan Hawke as Officer Jake Hoyt
Eva Mendes as Sara
Scott Glenn as Roger
Cliff Curtis as Smiley
Raymond Cruz as Sniper
Noel Gugliemi as Moreno
Dr. Dre as Paul
Peter Greene as Jeff
Nick Chinlund as Tim
* Jaime P. Gomez as Mark
Snoop Dogg as Blue
Macy Gray as Sandman's wife
Charlotte Ayanna as Lisa Hoyt
Harris Yulin as Detective Doug Rosselli
Tom Berenger as Stan Gursky
Raymond J. Barry as Captain Lou Jacobs
* Samantha Becker as Letty
Seidy López as Dreamer
* Rudy Perez as PeeWee
Cle Shaheed Sloan as Bone
* Abel Soto as Neto
Denzel Whitaker as Dimitri
Fran Kranz as College Driver
Terry Crews as Uncredited Blood Gang Member
For the American football player, see Alonzo Harris (American
DET. ALONZO HARRIS
Training Day character
LAPD Narcotics officer
DETECTIVE ALONZO HARRIS is the main antagonist, portrayed by Denzel
Washington . Detective Alonzo Harris is a highly decorated Los Angeles
Police Department narcotics officer who has worked for over thirteen
years on the streets. Alonzo runs an aggressive narcotics unit that is
known for making major drug seizures and taking down major drug
traffickers. However, he uses controversial and radical methods and is
one of the most feared officers due to corruption. A ruthless
sociopath, he is a selfish man who does anything, including murder,
for money and lacks empathy. He is married with four sons but also has
a Salvadoran mistress Sara (
Eva Mendes ) and a young son in Baldwin
CBS television series Alonzo is mentioned by Deputy Chief Joy
Lockhart when briefing Officer Kyle Craig on sending him undercover at
Special Investigation Section to investigate Detective Frank
Roarke. Frank briefly mentions Alonzo at the end of the first season.
Denzel Washington was to play the role, the producers had
offered it to
Gary Sinise and
Tom Sizemore , but both had declined;
subsequently the producers tried to interest
Bruce Willis , but
changed their mind. When
Davis Guggenheim was set to direct the film,
Alonzo was to be played by
Samuel L. Jackson but later, when Antoine
Fuqua was chosen to replace Guggenheim, Washington was confirmed in
the role of Alonzo Harris.
Denzel Washington's performance as Detective Alonzo Harris was highly
praised by critics.
Chicago Sun-Times film critic
Roger Ebert said:
"Washington seems to enjoy a performance that's over the top and down
the other side". In the Village Voice ,
Amy Taubin expressed:
"Training Day, Antoine Fuqua's propulsive, elegantly written police
thriller, offers the unsettling spectacle of Denzel Washington, whose
old-fashioned combination of decency and sexiness suggests the African
American counterpart to
Gregory Peck (in his To Kill a Mockingbird
period), as an LAPD cop so evil he makes
Harvey Keitel 's bad
lieutenant look like even smaller potatoes than he was meant to be".
He won the
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor , the
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, the Los Angeles
Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and was nominated for
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor .
In 2002, he received the
Black Reel Award for Best Actor , the NAACP
Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture , the MTV Movie
Award for Best Villain and the
Academy Award for Best Actor , beating
Russell Crowe for his acclaimed role as John Forbes Nash in A
Beautiful Mind .
He was also nominated for the
Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor -
Motion Picture Drama , the
Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (losing the two to
Russell Crowe) and the Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture
Drama (losing to Brian Cox in
In June 2003, the
American Film Institute
American Film Institute named Alonzo the 50th
greatest screen villain of all time in its list AFI\'s 100 Years...100
Heroes & Villains .
Although corruption in L.A.'s C.R.A.S.H. unit had yet to be exposed
Training Day was written,
Antoine Fuqua has stated that the
emergence of the Rampart Scandal in the late 1990s catalyzed the
completion of the film.
Denzel Washington also grew a beard in order
to emulate the appearance of Rafael Pérez , an LAPD narcotics officer
involved in multiple scandals. Fuqua wanted Washington's character
to be seductive and part of a machine, and not just a random rogue
cop. In Washington's own words: "I think in some ways he's done his
job too well. He’s learned how to manipulate, how to push the line
further and further, and, in the process, he’s become more hard-core
than some of the guys he's chasing."
Fuqua also saw Hawke's character as generally honorable but so driven
by ambition that he was willing to compromise his principles,
particularly when following the charming and persuasive example of
Washington's character. He has said that he fought with studio
executives who wanted to cut the Three Wise Men scene, thinking it
slowed the film. He insisted that the Wise Men scene was pivotal in
establishing that at least some of Alonzo's illegal actions were
sanctioned by his superiors who regarded unethical behavior as a
Training Day to look as authentic as possible, and he
shot on location in some of the most infamous neighborhoods of Los
Angeles. He even obtained permission to shoot in the Imperial Courts
housing project , the first time L.A. street gangs had allowed film
crew to be brought into that neighborhood. The crew also filmed in
Hoover Block and Baldwin Village. Parts of the film were shot on a
dead end street called Palmwood Drive, where the Black P. Stones Blood
gang members were seen on the rooftops.
Cle Shaheed Sloan , the gang
technical advisor of Training Day, managed to get on screen real-life
gang members from Rollin\' 60
Crips , PJ Watts
Crips , and B. P.
Bloods set). According to Fuqua, the actors and crew ended
up receiving a warm welcome from local residents. When he was unable
to shoot a scene directly on location, he recreated the locations on
There were also two police officers on hand as technical advisors ,
Michael Patterson and Paul Lozada (the latter from the San Francisco
Police Department). Washington, Hawke and other cast members also met
with undercover police officers, local drug dealers, and gang members
to help them understand their roles better.
Training Day received favorable reviews from critics. On review
Rotten Tomatoes , it has a 72% approval rating,
based on 155 reviews, with a rating average of 6.5/10. The website's
critical consensus reads, "The ending may be less than satisfying, but
Denzel Washington reminds us why he's such a great actor in this taut
and brutal police drama." On
Metacritic , the film has a score of 70
out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable
Roger Ebert gave the film three-out-of-four stars, praising both the
lead and supporting actors and the film's gritty, kinetic energy.
However, Ebert was bothered by several plot holes and wrote that " lot
of people are going to be leaving the theater as I did, wondering
about the logic and plausibility of the last 15 minutes."
Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Rechtshaffen gave the film
a positive review on Sep 12, 2016 when he stated: "Denzel Washington
ventures into the dark side as a seriously corrupt narcotics cop in
Training Day, and the results are electrifying. So is the picture,
thanks to taut, sinewy direction by
Antoine Fuqua and a compelling
David Ayer (
The Fast and the Furious )."
The film was released in theaters on October 5, 2001, and opened at
#1. At its second week of release, the film's gross revenue was
$13,386,457, staying at the #1 position. The film stayed in the
top-ten box office until the seventh week of release, landing at #12.
With an estimated budget of $45 million,
Training Day ultimately
grossed $76.6 million in the US and $104.9 million worldwide.
Training Day (soundtrack)
A soundtrack containing hip hop music was released on September 11,
Priority Records . It peaked at 35 on the
Billboard 200 and
19 on the Top R">
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