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The Recruit is about the recruitment of a talented young computer programmer into the CIA. The film, directed by Roger Donaldson, follows the story of James Clayton from his days attending MIT to his enlistment into the CIA by veteran agent Walter Burke. Clayton joins the CIA in hopes of uncovering information about his father who he believes was a former CIA operative. Once joined, he is brought to The Farm ' a CIA training and testing grounds. He is put through a series of psychological and physical tests to teach and prepare him for espionage. In the training course with him is fellow new agent Layla Moore who Clayton begins to fall for. After failing to complete one of his training exercises, Clayton is released only to realize he was released on purpose by Burke. Burke then puts him on a secret mission to follow Layla because she is thought to be a foreign spy. Clayton finds that Layla has been shoveling information out of the CIA via a flash drive, but when Clayton confronts Layla he finds that the CIA actually hired her to test it's security protocol. Now Clayton must get to the bottom of the true corruption stemming from now friend and mentor agent Burke.moreless
James Douglas Clayton
The pictures that are shown during the opening credits, of James and his father, are actual childhood photos of Colin Farrell and his father.
James Clayton:: [apologetic] Sorry it's so early, but..
Walter Burke: : [tired] I don't sleep. I piss like a racehorse every two hours. Impossible. What you got?
Husky Guy:: Did you know that no country with a McDonald's has ever attacked the US?
Walter Burke: : Rule number one:
Walter Burke: : do not get caught.
Walter Burke:: There's this parish priest and he goes before the Pope weeping and begging for forgiveness. What am I to do, oh what am I to do I do not believe in God anymore and you know what the pope said... fake it.
James Clayton:: You said you wanted to go home and have comfort sex. Did you?
James Clayton: : The Iwo Jima Memorial... this is where you tell me about duty and sacrifice?
Walter Burke: : No. This is where I have my breakfast burrito.
Psychiatrist #1:: How do upsetting problems generally make you feel?
James Clayton: : Upset.
Walter Burke: : My d***'s on fire!
Psychiatrist #1: : Would you consider yourself subjectively firm or objectively flexible?
James Clayton: : Metaphysically wrinkle-free?
James Clayton: Would I have to kill anyone?
Walter Burke: Would you like to?
Walter Burke: You gotta give me one thing. I'm a scary judge of talent.
James Clayton: All I know about the CIA is that they're a bunch of fat, old white guys who fell asleep when we needed them most.
Walter Burke: : Nothing... is... what it seems.
James Clayton: Everything is a test!
Production Budget - N/A
Domestic Gross - $52,802,140 (55th)
Worldwide Gross - $101,191,884 (52nd)
Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $71,453,642
Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $136,936,281
Other production companies:
Epsilon Motion Pictures
Buena Vista (distributor)
Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia
Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Lower Bay Station, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Washington, District of Columbia
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