The Recruit

Synopsis: In an era when the country's first line of defense, intelligence, is more important than ever, this story opens the CIA's infamous closed doors and gives an insider's view into the Agency: how trainees are recruited, how they are prepared for the spy game, and what they learn to survive. James Clayton might not have the attitude of a typical recruit, but he is one of the smartest graduating seniors in the country - and he's just the person that Walter Burke wants in the Agency. James regards the CIA's mission as an intriguing alternative to an ordinary life, but before he becomes an Ops Officer, James has to survive the Agency's secret training ground, where green recruits are molded into seasoned veterans. As Burke teaches him the ropes and the rules of the game, James quickly rises through the ranks and falls for Layla, one of his fellow recruits. But just when James starts to question his role and his cat-and-mouse relationship with his mentor, Burke taps him for a special assignmen
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Roger Donaldson
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Answer the phone!

No answer.

Keep trying -- I'm sure

he's on his way back from...

Definitely on his way.

Why doesn't anybody

answer the phone?!.


James, you are so dead.




Excuse me -- James Clayton.

Sorry I'm late.

I had a water bed emergency.

Bill Rudolph, Dell.

Nice to meet you.

Can I borrow your computer?


-Thank you.

Hi, guys.



It's here somewhere.

Here we go. All right.

At 7:
00 this morning,

sound asleep,

I heard this cracking noise --

ripping wood.

I figure it's part of this

logging dream I'm having,

but, no, the bed

is falling through the floor.

Our program uses

existing wireless technology...

Which we modified,

transforming it into

a completely new program.

-And what do you call it?


Why is that?

It was named after

the revolt...

Of the slaves.

-Wireless Webcast.

We have that.

"Sp@rtacus" turns

any specified broadcast terminal

into its slave.

We control the program.


Take a look.

Pick a screen.

Hello, Bill Rudolph.

Hey, who is this guy?

Somebody's hacking in.

MAN #2:
What is this?

This is wonderful.

Thank you.

Can you, uh, put our logo

on the Sony booths?


for the right price.

We'll talk, yeah?



# What if I don't wanna hear

the things you say? #

# Where were you

when I was needy yesterday? #

# You want in with me

now that it's good #

# But it's too little,

too late #

# Time and again,

I've asked you #

# Just for some light #

-Thank you.

- # To show the way #


- # I was in total darkness #

-What would you like?

- # You act like,,, #

I would like

to teach you something.

Okay. I'm pretty busy

right now.

James, the most important

thing you need to know

is that you don't know sh*t.

What you see...

...what you hear...

what it seems.




That's how it begins, you know.

Call will come in a day or two.

His name is John Medica.

He's head of R&D for Dell.

He's gonna invite you out

for martinis.

Before long,

you're gonna be working

out of Advanced Encrypting

in Bethesda.

Five years, you'll get

your first annual trip to Texas.

You got a wife by then,

.5 kids, 200K a year,

and that's it --

that's the whole show.

Then you're dead.

And it all started because

of one nasty little martini.

So you're a recruiter.

That I am.

You're kidding.

Applications for the ClA

are up tenfold.


Would I have to kill anyone?

Would you like to?

Beer man -- Heineken?

Yeah, just a sec.

All I know about the ClA is

that they're a bunch of fat,

old white guys who fell asleep

when we needed them most.

Oh, well, like I said,

you don't know sh*t.

I know what I know.

-Nice meeting you, James.

-You too.

Way I figure, you'll probably

go in the oil business...

Iike your daddy.


Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.

Did you know my father?

James, I have recruited

and trained and served

with the best

our country has to offer

for over a quarter

of a century.

I am a scary judge of talent.

It's my gift.

I am recruiting you,

Mr. Clayton.

In case you haven't noticed,

I'm not exactly ClA material.

You have any idea

what ClA material is?

It's not me.

No? Well, I don't know.

You graduated

top of your class at M.I.T.,

majored in nonlinear


scored off the charts in your

undergrad psych profile test.

Those are confidential.

Yeah, right.

You're agile,

athletic, and...

And what?

You grew up overseas --

Uzbekistan, Brunei...


Yeah, my father worked

for Shell awhile.

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