Training Day is a 2001 crime/drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by David Ayer and starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, and Eva Mendes. The film follows two LAPD narcotics detectives over a 24-hour period in the gang neighborhoods of South and East Los Angeles.
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The film follows a single day in the life of an LAPD cop, Jake Hoyt (Hawke), who is scheduled to be evaluated by Detective Alonzo Harris (Washington), a highly decorated LAPD narcotics officer who could advance Jake's career. In Alonzo's car, the pair of officers observe teenage Mara Salvatrucha members dealing drugs in a park. Instead of arresting the buyers, Alonzo confiscates the drugs and tells Jake to take a hit from the marijuana. Jake initially refuses, but Alonzo puts a gun to his head and says Jake's failure to use drugs could get him killed by a street dealer. Jake relents and smokes the marijuana, but shortly thereafter, Alonzo tells him the marijuana was laced with PCP. While driving, Jake notices a female high school student being sexually assaulted by two men in an alley. Jake jumps out to help her and subdues the attackers, but Alonzo refuses to report the incident. He tells the girl to leave, telling Jake that the girl's gang member (Sureño) cousin will seek the attackers out for revenge. Jake discovers the girl's wallet on the ground and takes it. Jake objects to Alonzo's use of vigilante "street justice," but Alonzo characterizes Jake as naive.
Alonzo and Jake then go to a drug suppliers home and serve a phony search warrant, which is a cover for Alonzo to steal drug money. Jake again objects to Alonzo's actions, especially since it could have gotten them killed. The duo then arrive at Baldwin Village to visit Alonzo's Salvadoran girlfriend Sara (Eva Mendes) and their young son. Afterward, Alonzo meets with the "Three Wise Men": Stan Gursky (Tom Berenger) of the District Attorney's office who investigates all police shootings; Detective Doug Rosselli (Harris Yulin) of the Theft/White Collar Crimes Unit; and Captain Lou Jacobs (Raymond J. Barry). They tell Alonzo that they know he owes money to the Russian Mafia. Alonzo gets permission from the Wise Men to "cash in on an account" with the caveat to avoid a scandal. Alonzo then puts the $40,000 he took from Sandman's house into the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz. Alonzo later tells Jake that he had to give the money to the Three Wise Men to obtain an arrest warrant.
Alonzo then takes Jake and several other narcotic officers to the home of Roger (Scott Glenn), a drug dealer and informant the two visited earlier. When they seize several million dollars from underneath the floor of Roger's kitchen, Jake refuses the share the other cops offer him. Alonzo then shoots Roger and his crew arrange the scene to make it appear that Roger fired on Jeff, and that Jake killed Roger in defense of his fellow officers. Jake refuses to lie, and after being threatened seizes Alonzo's gun and a Mexican standoff ensues, with Jake threatening to shoot Alonzo while the other officers threaten to shoot Jake. Alonzo then reveals that the LAPD will run a blood test on Jake following the shooting that will detect the PCP he had smoked earlier. Alonzo offers to have the test results falsified in exchange for Jake's cooperation. Jake reluctantly agrees, and Alonzo again urges Jake to drop his naive view of police work.
Jake and Alonzo later arrive at the home of a Mexican gangster named "Smiley" (Cliff Curtis), who is playing poker with two other ga
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