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The Recruit (Film)
Directed by Roger Donaldson
Produced by Jeff Apple
Gary Barber
Roger Birnbaum
Written by Roger Towne
Kurt Wimmer
Mitch Glazer
Starring Al Pacino
Colin Farrell
Music by Klaus Badelt
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Editing by David Rosenbloom
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Spyglass Entertainment (some markets)
Release date(s) January 28, 2003 (USA)
Running time 115 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

The Recruit is a spy thriller movie starring Colin Farrell, Al Pacino and Bridget Moynahan. It was released in 2003. It follows the career of a recent MIT graduate recruited into the CIA. The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Television episodes. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (510x755, 63 KB) Summary http://www. ... Roger Donaldson (born November 15, 1945) is an Australian-born New Zealand film producer, director and writer who has made numerous successful movies. ... Gary Barber is a film producer who is affiliated with Spyglass Entertainment. ... Kurt Wimmer is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Mitchell H. Glazer was born in 1953 in Miami and is a movie producer, writer, and actor. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely. ... Klaus Badelt Born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1968 is a German composer, best known for composing film scores. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... Spyglass Entertainment is an American film and television production company, Co-founded by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, where they serve as Co-CEOs. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress of Irish descent, best known for her roles in films such as Coyote Ugly; I, Robot and Lord of War. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “MIT” redirects here. ... The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ...

Contents

Synopsis

James Clayton (Colin Farrell), a brilliant computer science student, is recruted by CIA officer Walter Burke (Al Pacino) to be formed and serve his country. James quickly appears as one of the best of his group and falls in love with Layla (Bridget Moynahan), an other CIA recruit. Filled with doubts about his role and the relation with his mentor, Burke asks him to accomplish a risky mission, find a mole in the CIA headquarters in Langley. James now fully realizes that no one can be trusted anymore and that nothing is what it seems. Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress of Irish descent, best known for her roles in films such as Coyote Ugly; I, Robot and Lord of War. ...


Plot details

The film begins with several flashes of James’ internet homepage in which he constantly trawls for information about his father, who presumably had gone missing when Clayton was quite young. In the first scene James wakes up in his shared student apartment to the sounds of the telephone ringing. Upon answering it, somewhat reluctantly, he realizes that he had forgotten about, and is now late for, the MIT graduate recruitment careers fair. His delinquency is important because, out the group of graduating students, he is the one that possesses the disk that holds their project, a rather impressive program that turns computer terminals to which it is networked into its slave.


The program, called SPARTACUS, impresses a previously skeptical grad recruiter for Dell, and it appears that James' future is on track. This article is about the corporation Dell, Inc. ...


Later that night, when James is working his casual job as a bartender in the UniBar, he sees Walter Burke (Al Pacino), who he had previously noticed hanging around at the careers fair. The two begin talking during which time Burke intimates to Clayton that he is in fact a CIA recruiter. James, however, is not interested and Burke walks away, casually revealing to James a familiarity with his father. At this, James becomes intrigued and decides to attend the interview and selection process for the CIA's clandestine service. Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Look up clandestine in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Upon arriving at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Clayton takes part in numerous assessments including psychometric, numerical reasoning, psychological, psychoanalytical, aptitude, and a polygraph test. Particular attention is given to the apparent obscurity of many of the questions in the psychological examination, providing an insight into just how complicated the screening for intelligence officers in the CIA actually is. A specific example would be when the psychoanalyst asks James "Quickly! Would you rather ride on a train, dance in the rain, or feel no pain?", to which Clayton responds that he'd rather dance in the rain but changes his answer to 'feel no pain'. During the testing he meets Layla Moore (Bridget Moynahan). Langley is an unincorporated community in the census-designated place of McLean in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... Psychology (ancient Greek: psyche = soul and logos = word) is the study of mind, thought, and behaviour. ... Polygraph results are sometimes recorded on a chart recorder A polygraph (commonly yet incorrectly referred to as a lie detector) is a device that measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress of Irish descent, best known for her roles in films such as Coyote Ugly; I, Robot and Lord of War. ...


Having been apparently successful in the selection process he and the other successful candidates, including Layla, are driven by bus to The Farm, the CIA training facility in Virginia. Burke then briefs the candidates on the training regime and various polemic issues of espionage and afterwards Clayton attempts to befriend him in order to find out what Burke knows about his father's involvement in the CIA. Burke rebukes him, warning him that they're not friends, but instructor and pupil. Camp Peary is a military reservation in York County, Virginia. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...

Clayton on training.

Clayton and the other candidates then begin their training in covert ops and intelligence gathering. After one such day, the recruits have a night off and several are sitting in their dorm room playing poker. At this point Clayton and Zach (Gabriel Macht) face off revealing the competitive nature of their relationship. Burke interrupts and takes the recruits present (all males) to a nearby bar for "drinks". Their actual purpose, however, is to conduct a training exercise with one simple objective: "to reach the parking lot with an asset who intends to have sex with [them]", in other words, to pick up a girl. James appears to do exceedingly well at first until he spots Layla, alone at a table, apparently quite inebriated. He abandons the girl to whom he was talking and Layla tells him that she was 'cut' from the program. James offers to call a cab for her as an act of sympathy, but Layla manages to draw him outside where, upon reaching the parking lot with her, James learns that actually she had a training mission of her own. Namely, to prevent him from completing his mission, at which she was successful. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Gabriel Macht (born January 22, 1972) is an American actor. ...


James gets his own back however when he embarrasses Layla during training in how to fool a polygraph machine. Here, he traps Layla into revealing her attraction to him. In doing this, he realizes that he has in fact hurt the one person with whom he had had romantic interests. Polygraph results are sometimes recorded on a chart recorder A polygraph (commonly yet incorrectly referred to as a lie detector) is a device that measures and records several physiological variables such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. ...


Throughout the various stages of the training, the instructors become increasingly impressed by James' natural ability in the "black arts" of espionage such as weapons, classroom exercises and his ingenuity and fast thinking when he manages to escape from a botched training drill by dramatically jumping through a glass window.


When he and Layla finally make up and Burke finds out about their romantic interest with one another, they are sent on a training exercise in counter-surveillance. During this exercise, James and Layla are kidnapped by men apparently from a foreign intelligence service. James is interrogated for several days in a dungeon-like cell and tortured. He is asked to give up the names of his instructors and holds out until one of his interrogators provides evidence that his defiance is contributing not only to his suffering, but also that of Layla. He yells out Burke's name and suddenly the rear wall of the cell rises up revealing that Burke, Layla and the other candidates sitting in the lecture theater had witnessed the entire event. The following is a partial list of intelligence agencies, past and present. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


James is informed that he has been cut from the program and is put up in a hotel in much the same fashion as was described to him by Layla when she had feigned the same fate. After proceeding to get thoroughly drunk, he makes a fool of himself by leaving a drunken message on the voicemail of the Dell recruiter, asking for a chance for employment.


In the morning, however, Walter Burke arrives to tell him that he had feigned cutting James from training in order to appoint him as a non-official cover operative. (An intelligence officer who is not afforded the protection of diplomatic status when committing espionage.) Burke tells James that he has been paired with Layla in order to spy on her, as the CIA has evidence that she is a mole of a foreign intelligence service recruited to extract a top-secret new computer virus from the CIA. James reluctantly agrees and re-established contact with Layla, pretending to join the CIA as a low-level data-entry office worker and getting to know her. During this time, they become romantically involved and the tension is apparent when, after making love, Layla bugs James' coat with a listening device. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A bug is the common name for a covert listening device, usually a combination of a miniature radio transmitter with a microphone. ...


James eventually uncovers proof that Layla is removing the virus from CIA laboratories piece by piece using a USB Flash Drive concealed in the bottom of a thermal coffee mug. He follows her to uncover the identities of her contacts and winds up pursuing one contact through a train station. The identity of the contact is concealed by his hooded jumper until James shoots him in a scuffle. Layla's contact turns out to be Zach, who dies almost straight away. James escapes the scene and confronts Layla with evidence of her treachery, demanding an explanation. She explains that, in fact, she and Zach had been commissioned by the CIA to test the security protocols of the facility by attempting to remove a "fake" virus. By virtue of his familiarity with computer programs, however, James suspects differently and confronts Burke with these contradictions at an abandoned warehouse. Burke, at first, congratulates Clayton on passing his final test. The virus, he says, wasn't real, nor is Zach dead. When Burke invites Clayton to shoot him with a gun which Burke supplied and which he says is actually filled with blanks, a tense moment ensues and Burke knocks the gun away, blowing out a car window. “JumpDrive” redirects here. ...


Burke chases Clayton through a warehouse, boasting that he organized the scheme in order to sell the virus. He also shatters James' hopes about his father by saying that the story that his father was a CIA agent was only a ruse to trick James into befriending Burke. Clayton agrees to give Burke the laptop containing the completed virus, and shows Burke the screen running his own software program Spartacus, apparently relaying Burke's entire confession back to CIA headquarters. Burke becomes incensed, chasing Clayton outside, where a SWAT team has assembled to track them down. Unbeknownst to Burke, however, Clayton's link to the CIA was a fake. In actual fact, the CIA had no knowledge of Burke's treachery and were there to arrest Clayton. Burke then proceeds to nail his own coffin by railing at his unjust treatment by the CIA. Upon discovering that he himself had foiled his own plan, he commits suicide-by-cop. This article is about Special Weapons and Tactics. ... Suicide-by-cop is a suicide method in which someone deliberately acts in a threatening way towards a law enforcement officer, with the main goal of provoking a lethal response (e. ...


Upon being driven back to CIA headquarters at Langley for debriefing, one of his other instructors again suggests that James' father in fact was a CIA officer by saying, cryptically, that "[spying] is in your blood."


Cast

Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely. ... Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 in Binghamton, New York) is an American model and actress of Irish descent, best known for her roles in films such as Coyote Ugly; I, Robot and Lord of War. ... Gabriel Macht (born January 22, 1972) is an American actor. ... Kenneth Alexander Mitchell (born 25 November 1974, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actor, currently appearing in the U.S. television drama Jericho. ...

Original Soundtrack

A soundtrack of the film has been released in a CD of 14 tracks. The soundtrack was made by Klaus Badelt, also composer of the music of the 2002 film adaptation of The Time Machine and co-produced the music of the box office hit Gladiator. He contributed to the music of many other popular films such as Mission: Impossible 2 or X-Men. The tracks are following: The Time Machine is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Simon Wells as a remake of The Time Machine (1960), and starring Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, and Phyllida Law with a cameo by Alan Young from the earlier film. ... Gladiator is a 2000 movie directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. ... Mission: Impossible II, or M:I-2 as it is also known, is the 2000 John Woo-directed sequel to Brian De Palmas 1996 Mission: Impossible motion picture, based on the TV series of the same name. ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ...


1. Main Title (2:22)


2. Spartacus (1:29)


3. To The Farm (3:14)


4. CIA Training (3:39)


5. Lie Detector (1:50)


6. Talking Over Crabs (1:13)


7. Hijacked (6:47)


8. You're Going To Langley (1:46)


9. Layla (2:32)


10. Under Covers (1:52)


11. A Bug For Breakfast (7:08)


12. Aftermath (4:28)


13. Nothing Is What It Seems (6:31)


14. Target Is Burke (4:30)


Trivia

  • The "abandoned warehouse" where the final sequence in the film takes place is the same set where Chicago's prison scenes were filmed.
  • There are numerous references to Kurt Vonnegut Jr., including the computer virus being named ICE-9 (from Cat's Cradle), Clayton reading Slaughterhouse-Five at the coffee shop, and Clayton referring to his father's eggs as the Breakfast of Champions.
  • When shown in cinemas, the movie was in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. When it was released on DVD in May of 2003, it was presented in a ratio of 1.78:1, preserving Roger Donaldson's vision.
  • The pictures that are shown during the opening credits, of James and his father are actual childhood photos of Colin Farrell and his father.
  • The scene where Colin Farrell's character tells the girl at the bar how he "just got out of jail" was Farrell's idea. He supposedly said he used it on a girl in a bar one time and that it worked, so the producers put the scene in the film.
  • Layla uses a Dell 16MB USB Key to sneak the ICE-9 virus code out of CIA Headquarters in Langley.
  • The keyboards shown in Langley are the Apple Pro Keyboards.
  • During the scene in which Clayton kills Zack and is running from the Transit Police at Union Station in Washington, DC, he enters a subway train, the train and station he enters is not that of the Washington Metro, but it is the New York City Subway.
  • The poster was featured in an episode of 8 Simple Rules
  • There are many references to the name "Sonny", once is when Clayton recites the Queen song "We Will Rock You" during the poker game, another is when Burke (Al Pacino) mentions drinks at Sonny's, this can either be coincidence or it hints at Al Pacino and his ties to the Godfather movies; "Sonny" was the name of Michael's older brother in The Godfather, and Michael was played by Al Pacino.
  • Also during the poker game, one of Clayton's colleagues is confused over which cop Sonny Crockett is in the show Miami Vice. Colin Farrell would go on to play Crockett in the 2006 Miami Vice film.
  • When Clayton meets Layla for the first time at the coffee machine, he says upon hearing her name, "like the song", Layla, by Eric Clapton. This is similar to a line said by Sonny, played by Adam Sandler, in the 1999 movie, Big Daddy.
  • The working title for the film during production was "The Farm."

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the 2002 film. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Junior (born November 11, 1922) is an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. ... For the string game, see Cats cradle. ... Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Childrens Crusade: A Duty Dance With Death is a 1969 novel by best-selling author Kurt Vonnegut. ... For the breakfast cereal, see Wheaties. ... A union station or union terminal is a train station where tracks and facilities are shared by two or more railway companies, allowing passengers to connect conveniently between them. ... 8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 2002 to 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... James Sonny Crockett is a rough-edged police detective in the action drama Miami Vice. ... For the 2006 movie, see Miami Vice (film). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the 1980s TV series, see Miami Vice. ... Big Daddy is a comedy film starring Adam Sandler that was released in 1999. ...

See Also

The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ... Camp Peary is a military reservation in York County, Virginia. ... This article is about the movie. ... For the 1980 novel by Robert Ludlum, see The Bourne Identity (novel). ... The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 film loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. ... The Bourne Ultimatum is a 2007 film loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. ... Enemy of the State is a 1998 film written by David Marconi, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and directed by Tony Scott, and starring Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight, Lisa Bonet and Regina King. ... Syriana is a 2005 Academy Award-winning geopolitical thriller film written and directed by Stephen Gaghan. ...

External links

Preceded by
"Darkness Falls"
List of Box Office #1 Movies
February 2, 2003
Succeeded by
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"

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The Recruit (2003) (526 words)
Quite frankly, I expected a lot from the movie and probably it was the expectations that killed the film.
The Recruit, though backed by great actors and big money is just an ordinary Spy Vs Spy flick.
The life of CIA recruits, the moles the counter and counter intelligence schemes are all very interesting, especially the games at the training centre "The farm".
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The recruit training process is spread over six weekends and midweek training evenings, here you will learn a range of military skills including weapon handling, fieldcraft, first aid and map reading.
All potential recruits are required to attend a brief interview with a member of staff from the Regimental Recruit Training Team.
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