Training Day is a 2001 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed
by 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
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 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 death.
3 Alonzo Harris
5.1 Critical response
5.2 Box office
7 TV series adaptation
8 See also
10 External links
Officer Jake Hoyt of the LAPD is assigned for an evaluation headed by
Detective Alonzo Harris, a decorated narcotics officer. 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 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-cop turned drug dealer, Jake notices a
pair of 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 retrieves it.
Later 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, Alonzo steals $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.
Afterwards, Alonzo meets with a trio of corrupt high-ranking police
officials he dubs as the "Three Wise Men". Aware that the Russian
Mafia are looking for Alonzo, they suggest that he skip town. Alonzo
insists he has control of the situation, and trades Sandman's drug
money for an arrest warrant.
Using the warrant, Alonzo, Jake, and four other corrupt narcotics
officers return to Roger's house and 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, and Jake
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 Russians 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
LAX, but is killed when his car is ambushed by the Russians. Jake
returns home as the press reports on Alonzo's death, which eerily
mirrors how Alonzo pictured the news would portray Jake.
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
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
Davis Guggenheim was set to direct the film, Alonzo was to be
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson but later, when
Antoine Fuqua was chosen
to replace Guggenheim, Washington was confirmed in the role of Alonzo
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
For his performance, Washington was rewarded with the Academy Award
for Best Actor, as well as 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,
Black Reel Award for Best Actor, the NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, and the MTV Movie Award for
Washington 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 both
to Russell Crowe), the Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture
Drama (losing to Brian Cox in L.I.E.), as well the Chicago Film
Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Online Film Critics
Society Award for Best Actor.
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 Ethan 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. Stones
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
aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 72% approval rating, based
on 157 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 "[a]
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,
2001, by Priority Records. It peaked at 35 on the
Billboard 200 and 19
on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and spawned two hit singles, Nelly's
Dr. Dre and DJ Quik's "Put It on Me".
Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for Best Actor
and the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for his performance in
Ethan Hawke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actor. Washington and Hawke also received SAG
nominations, with the former receiving a Golden Globe nod.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains (2003):
Alonzo Harris – #50 Villain
TV series adaptation
Training Day (TV series)
On August 7, 2015, it was announced that
Antoine Fuqua had decided to
develop a television series based on the movie, and had teamed with
Jerry Bruckheimer to develop the concept.
Warner Bros. Television was
shopping the show to the American broadcast networks.
Will Beall would
write the series, while Fuqua would serve as executive producer, and
would direct the potential pilot.
CBS ordered a pilot on August
14, 2015. In addition to Fuqua, Bruckheimer, Beall, and Jonathan
Littman will serve as executive producers for the series, which is set
15 years after the original film. In May 2016,
CBS picked up the
The series, starring
Bill Paxton and
Justin Cornwell premiered on
February 2, 2017 and was cancelled on May 17, 2017, after one season
because of Bill Paxton's death.
Denzel Washington filmography
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