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->''"I'm the Police! I run shit here, you just live here! ... Film/KingKong ain't got shit on me!"''
-->-- '''Alonzo Harris'''

''Training Day'' is a crime film from 2001 directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/EthanHawke.

The film focuses on young and naive LAPD officer Jake Hoyt (Hawke) undergoing a single day evaluation by renowned and respected narcotics officer Alonzo Harris (Washington). Alonzo lets Hoyt step into his "office" (car) and takes him for [[ExtremelyShortTimespan a 24-hour ride]] [[TrainingFromHell through the drug neighborhoods and gang territories of South Los Angeles]]. Hoyt soon is exposed to the darker side of police duty as he realizes Alonzo's methods make him not so different from the criminals he pursues.

Denzel Washington won the Best Actor UsefulNotes/AcademyAward--one of only two black men ever to win the award, the other being Creator/SidneyPoitier for ''Film/LiliesOfTheField''. Ethan Hawke was nominated as Supporting Actor.

A [[Series/TrainingDay TV series]] which serves as a sequel to the movie premiered on CBS on February 2, 2017. It takes place fifteen years after the movie.

There are spoilers below.

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!!Tropes used in this film:

* AffablyEvil:
** Roger, Alonzo's drug contact, is really friendly and genial, and is in fact a long time friend of Alonzo. In fact, Jake's opinion of Alonzo sours completely when [[spoiler:Alonzo kills Roger, and takes his money]]. Alonzo justifies himself by pointing out to Jake that however friendly he was with Roger, he was still a feared drug lord.
** The Latino GangBangers that Alonzo and Jake visit [[spoiler:that were hired by Alonzo to get rid of Jake]]. They play cards with Jake, and though it's a BatmanGambit, the later decides to let him go for saving his cousin earlier in the film, revealing that it was NothingPersonal.
* ArcWords:
** "Do you wanna go to jail or do you wanna go home?"
** Also, "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove."
** Alonzo's wolf and sheep analogy.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: [[spoiler: When the Russians kill Alonzo with a hail of bullets, one of their own is in the car right behind Alonzo.]]
* AssholeVictim: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Alonzo himself is killed by the Russian hitmen for killing one of their couriers and not paying up on time.]]
* BadBoss: Alonzo is this to his subordinates and the neighborhoods he operates in. [[spoiler:This makes them abandon his ass when the chips are down.]]
* BatmanGambit:
** Alonzo's whole master plan doesn't begin, [[spoiler:until after he convinces Jake to take drugs - which he would later use for leverage against him. He also notices that Hoyt has a bad need to impress and uses it for all it's worth.]]
** Smiley and his friends talk Jake into showing them his gun. [[spoiler:After he takes out all the bullets, ''then'' they make their intention to kill him known.]]
* BigBad: Alonzo Harris.
* BlackComedy:
** Alonzo forces Jake at gunpoint to take a hit of marijuana near the beginning of the film. Jake later has a MushroomSamba episode, when he finds out that it was laced with PCP. Jake immediately regrets taking it, while Alonzo deadpans, "You're an adult, you're responsible for your own actions. Ain't like I put a gun to your head".
** After Alonzo robs the girlfriend of a drug lord, her angry tirade alerts the drug lord's men to shoot at the officers. Alonzo tries to start the car quickly, but they manage to shoot the back window. Alonzo is [[BerserkButton visibly annoyed]] since he took a great deal of pride in what is [[CoolCar a very nice car]] and immediately steps out to return fire.
** The scene where Jake shoots [[spoiler:Alonzo]] in the buttocks while he attempts to grab a gun.
* BookEnds: Near the beginning of the film, Alonzo and Jake cut-off a bunch of college kids who bought some marijuana. [[spoiler: This move is also used against Alonzo in the end of the film, when TheMafiya cut him off and execute him with prejudice.]]
* {{Bowdlerize}}: From the trailer: "King Kong ain't got NOTHING on me!"
* BrokenPedestal: Alonzo is this to Jake.
* BulletProofVest: Subverted, as one of Alonzo's partners takes a bullet to the vest that pierces it and wounds him.
* BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay: The result of a shootout after "searching" a house in the ghetto is a back window with a few bullet holes. There is no visible damage done to the vehicle anywhere else, or to the occupants who should have been included in their trajectory.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The [[ShaggyDogStory "snail joke"]] that Roger tells Jake has shades of this.
* ChekhovsGun: The wallet Jake picks up after preventing the young girl from being raped turns out to be very handy when [[spoiler:Alonzo abandons him in a house with three dangerous GangBangers, the leader of whom turns out to be the girl's cousin.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:The actual girl. When she shouts at the attempted rapists about how her cousins would fuck them up, she wasn't kidding.]]
* TheChessmaster: Alonzo put a lot of effort into getting the Mafiya off his back.
-->'''Jake''': "You've been planning this all day?"
-->'''Alonzo''': "I've been planning this all ''week'', son!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Alonzo.
* CloudCuckooLander: The rather eccentric Sniper comes across this way. But it's soon apparent he's [[AxCrazy nowhere near harmless]].
* ClusterFBomb: 211 uses of the word throughout the film.
* ContrivedCoincidence: One of the gangsters Alonzo assigns to kill Jake just happens to be related to the girl Jake saved from rapists in a random encounter earlier in the movie.
* CoolCar: Alonzo's 1979 Chevy Monte Carlo, complete with hydraulics.
* TheCorrupter: Virtually every police officer is corrupt and not at all shy about extortion, robbery and murder. The DA's team is not that much better.
* CowboyCop: Alonzo Harris is one of the rare truly villainous examples. He's long [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become more extreme than even the gangsters he fights]], but the reason he's kept around by his superiors (the three wise men) despite his personal corruption is that he catches a ''lot'' of bad guys. Alonzo himself claims he is only going after the big fish in the drug trade; he has 38 cases pending trial, 63 active investigations, 350 log cases he has yet to clear, and is supervising five other officers besides Hoyt.
* DirtyCop: Alonzo's modus operandi. Observe the scene in which he roughs up Snoop Dogg's character. Later, he casually boasts that he was the one who put Snoop Dogg in a wheelchair. The entire day turns out to be a result of Alonzo's dirty ways, specifically [[spoiler: how his attempts at ripping off the Russian Mafiya went bad and he has until the end of the day to make good or be killed.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Smiley is very protective of his cousin, and gives off BigBrotherInstinct when it comes to her[[spoiler:... which is why he refuses to kill Jake when he learns that he saved her from a couple of rapists earlier that day.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: This is how Smiley, the gang banger that [[spoiler: Alonzo]] hires to kill Jake, feels this way about Alonzo. And it may be this higher standard [[spoiler: that leads him to spare Jake.]]
-->'''Moreno''': Alonzo is a low-down, ruthless vato, eh, [[VillainCred but I like that, homes. I like that]].
-->'''Smiley''': No, that's why I never shake his hand, homes. He don't respect nada.
** Even [[{{Jerkass}} Alonzo]] gets a moment of human compassion when he encounters two would-be rapists.
* EvilIsPetty: After Alonzo refuses to book in the crackheads/attempted rapists in, he spends two minutes harassing one of them for calling him a "bitch" and telling him to "suck [his] dick".
* EvilMentor: Alonzo tries to groom Jake into becoming a DirtyCop. [[spoiler:When Alonzo fails to corrupt Jake, who's willing to stick to his principles, he ultimately sets him up to be killed by a bunch of gangsters.]]
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire movie takes place over about 12 hours.
* FatalFlaw: For Alonzo, Wrath. Despite usually been smooth and calculating, his temper often gets the better of him. [[spoiler:His killing of a courier for the Mafiya in Las Vegas is that gets him in trouble, and serves the backbone for the movie's plot]]. One could argue, Lust as well, since Jake accurately deduces that he would be at his mistress' home, after [[spoiler:abandoning Jake to be killed by gangsters]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Alonzo. The DVD synopsis even calls him "twisted but charismatic."
* FlatWhat: Alonzo gives this when Bone walks back to grab his gun, and tells Jake he's free to go, and what he'll take care of things from here, holding Alonzo at gunpoint.
* ForcedFriendlyFire: Jake is trying to bring Alonzo (who's currently unarmed) to justice. But as he's climbing over a railing, Alonzo gets the drop on him and causes Jake's gun to be discharged into the local projects (the Jungle), thereby turning the confrontation into a fist fight. [[FridgeBrilliance This act was probably the final straw for the disillusioned people living on that street, considering Alonzo's history of using them for his own needs]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Two of the first three jobs Alonzo does with Jake involve him stealing money from someone. [[spoiler:The next "arrest" turns out to be an excuse to kill a dealer and take his money. Not only that, but Alonzo is in desperate need of money to keep the Russian mob from killing him.]]
* FrameUp: Alonzo and the other Narcotics officers discuss how to do this after Roger is killed.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: All of Alonzo's subordinates dislike being around him.
* GangBangers: Specifically those in The Jungle and the house that Alonzo drops Jake off at near the end.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Late in the film, audiences are treated to an odd visual of a police officer (Jake) playing cards with a trio of gangsters.
* GoodIsNotNice: Jake Hoyt and the other cops of the LAPD. Being policemen doesn't mean they will be nice people.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Jake Hoyt. As shown as early as when he prevents two drug-addicts from raping a teenage girl. Alonzo even notes that he applied an illegal chokehold on one of them, [[BaddieFlattery and applauds him for it]]. Later during his final confrontation with [[spoiler:Alonzo]], he beats him up, holds him at gunpoint, and shoots him in the buttocks, [[spoiler:after Alonzo hired three GangBangers to kill him]].
* GunsAkimbo: Alonzo combines this with GangstaStyle.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A central premise of the film. In order to survive in the world of gangsters, the cops have to act more like gangsters. Alonzo and his crew have, at some point, become actual gangsters.
* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: Alonzo makes Jake smoke pipe PCP to prove that he's fully committed to do whatever it takes to survive on the street. In reality, [[spoiler:Alonzo is making sure that Jake can't testify against him later without failing a drugs test and getting fired.]]
* IHaveAFamily: Jake shouts this out when he is confronted with three GangBangers holding a shotgun to his face. It doesn't work by itself, but it does motivate them to check out whether he's telling the truth about his ChekhovsGun.
* InsanityDefense: Mentioned by one of the three wise men when he recaps to Alonzo how an off-screen criminal recently got off this way by pulling a stunt in court that made him seem mentally unsound.
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: [[spoiler: Jake takes Alonzo's badge, saying, "You don't deserve this."]]
* IOwnThisTown: Alonzo feels this way about The Jungle. [[spoiler: The Jungle doesn't feel the same way though.]]
* IronicEcho:
** Alonzo tells Jake that if he doesn't start [[StartOfDarkness getting with the program]], he could end up in the news as a dead cop who died in the line of duty, leaving behind his wife and kid. [[spoiler: After Alonzo dies, this is what the TV report says about him.]]
** Also, Alonzo loved to say "Do you want to go to jail, or do you want to go home" to the people he would harsh. In the end,[[spoiler:Jake repeated the same line to Alonzo after he took the stolen money from him.]] More subtly, after using the line with most of the criminals he and Jake encounter, we then hear him say it [[spoiler: to fellow cops as they plot to cover up a murder.]]
** Jake and Alonzo argue over "street justice" when the latter doesn't even attempt to take in the attempted rapists of a high-school girl, and himself notes that they'll probably be killed by the gangsters she's related to. Alonzo even says that they hope that the "scum sort each out", as it gives the LAPD less work to deal with. [[spoiler: It seems out of all the lessons Alonzo taught him, Jake took this one to heart, as by the end, Jake has Alonzo at gunpoint - the latter as much a scumbag as those he fights, when a GangBanger assures him that they'll deal with him, and he can leave. Jake complies, leaving him to "street justice"]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Alonzo thinks that just because he's a policeman, he can do whatever he wants and whatever he pleases.
* {{Jerkass}}: Alonzo is a rather nasty person who often enjoy roughing up his suspects when he wants to.
* KickTheDog: Alonzo makes a habit of doing this.
* KnightTemplar: Alonzo.
* LargeHam:
** Alonzo turns his scenery chewing on and off according to his needs.
** Also the GangBangers, ''homes''.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Alonzo leaves Jake to die at the hands of Smiley and his cronies, but Jake manages to get out alive. Following this, Jake not only takes Alonzo's badge, but the money he needs to pay off the Russians.]]
** It goes even further because [[spoiler: Smiley and the gangbangers Alonzo enlists to kill Jake end up sparing him because the girl he saved from getting raped earlier in the movie was Smiley's cousin. [[KickTheDog (Something Alonzo didn't seem interested in doing and didn't bother helping Jake to stop)]]]]
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Alonzo's friend Roger decides to tell Jake a joke. He tells him about a snail that gets thrown off some guy's porch into the backyard and nearly dies. After about a year, the man encounters the snail on his porch again, and asks it "''What the fuck's your problem!?''" Jake laughs until he sees Roger and Alonzo's serious expressions and realize that it isn't a joke at all. Roger tells him that when he figures the joke out, he'll figure the streets out.
* TheMafiya: [[spoiler:Alonzo is in big with them for attacking and killing an important member of theirs in Las Vegas, and is given until midnight on Tuesday to come up with a million dollars or he will be executed.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAStruggle: [[spoiler:Roger's murder]] is disguised as the result of a shootout during a drug raid. [[spoiler:Alonzo]] shoots another officer in his bulletproof vest[[note]]it goes through, actually wounding him[[/note]] using a "throw down" gun [[spoiler:which he places in the hands of Roger's corpse.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Alonzo.
* TheMistress: Sara is Alonzo's.
* MushroomSamba: After Jake takes the marijuana laced with PCP, he gets one of these.
* NaiveNewcomer: The majority of this movie concerns Jake's relation to Alonzo as this.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Alonzo delivers a pretty vicious one to Jake in their final fight.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Moreno, one of Smiley's cohorts, comes off as very laid-back, but no less dangerous. In fact, [[spoiler:he smashes a beer bottle over Jake's head when the latter tries to escape the house]].
* NothingPersonal: Smiley says this after [[spoiler: he spares Jake's life]]. In this case, it really isn't; Smiley hates the guy who ordered the hit a lot more than the actual victim, towards whom he harbors no particular ill will beyond a general dislike of cops. It's when the target ''makes it'' personal that his life is spared--[[spoiler:Smiley has to show his gratitude to the guy who rescued his little cousin from a pair of rapists on the street, and sticking it to Alonzo is an added bonus.]]
* OhNoYouDidnt: Alonzo says this before [[spoiler:his VillainousBreakdown at the end.]]
* OneLastSmoke: [[spoiler: Alonzo lights up a cigarette before being shot by Jake... [[ShotInTheAss in the ass]]. One scene later, he's killed by TheMafiya]].
* PetTheDog: After Jake saves the girl from the rapists, Alonzo seems impressed, to the point where he tells a sullen Jake that he did good.
* PunchClockVillain: The three GangBangers, especially Smiley. [[spoiler: It's pretty clear they don't really want to kill Jake, even if he hadn't saved Smiley's little cousin's life, and it's also obvious they don't like Alonzo very much]].
* RabidCop: Alonzo.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Played straight with Jake and [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Alonzo as far as their attitudes.
* {{Retirony}}: During his first appearance, Alonzo's long time drug contact and friend, Roger, talks about how he plans to retire from the drug dealing business and live the easy life on a beach. [[spoiler: He is later setup and killed by Alonzo for the stash of money he was saving for his retirement. Can also count as DeathByIrony, since like the joke he told about the snail, he was very close to fulfilling his dream, only to [[YankTheDogsChain have it taken from him]]. But unlike the snail, he doesn't get to recover and try again.]]
* RealityIsUnrealistic: When the movie came out, many viewers and critics were skeptical of the scenes where Jake Hoyt smokes marijuana laced with PCP and Alonzo's explanation of how a cop who didn't take drugs offered to him on the street would be ID'd as police and murdered. David Ayer responded in an interview by holding up a highlighted section of the LAPD's rules and regulations; it stated that officers were allowed to use narcotics in very specific undercover situations, and hewed closely to what Alonzo told Jake.
* RetroactiveRecognition: An uncredited Creator/TerryCrews makes an appearance as a gang member.
* RevisedEnding: An alternate ending had Jake getting a visit from The Three Wise Men.
* RooftopConfrontation: The final showdown between Alonzo and Jake occurs on the rooftop of the former's apartment.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jake ends up refusing $250,000 which does not make him popular with the other narcotics officers.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Alonzo thinks he's above the law because he works for the Three Wise Men, who are corrupt cops in high-ranking positions. [[spoiler: It's through them that Alonzo gets permission to rob and kill his long time drug contact. However, the alternate ending revealed that it was the Three Wise Men who sent Hoyt to make sure Alonzo didn't pay off the Russians.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Alonzo more or less quotes the trope near the end of the film.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Jake initially interprets some of Alonzo's requests of him as such, when in fact they are nothing of the sort.
* ShotInTheAss: [[spoiler:Jake shoots Alonzo in the buttocks to prevent him from picking up his pistol]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Alonzo:''']] Ooh, you motherfucker! You son of a bitch! You shot me in the ass!
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Alonzo, who starts slowly but amps it up until he's strong-arming Hoyt into [[spoiler:killing and robbing Roger]].
* SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement: Hoyt is definitely much closer to the positive end than Alonzo, given his unwillingness to stop dealing with individual crimes and look at the big picture.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Jake effectively screws Alonzo's plot to get away from TheMafiya, [[LaserGuidedKarma in the most ironic way possible.]]]]
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler:Towards the end of the film, Hoyt corners Alonzo, and can either kill him, or take him in with no evidence, ruining his own career. He reaches out and takes Alonzo's badge. ''And'' the money he needs to pay off the Mafiya.]]
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: According to Alonzo, it's wolves and sheep. An obvious [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] would be "sheepdog," which police often use as a metaphor for their profession, but it's never brought up, lampshading Alonzo's idea of justice as being a bigger, badder "wolf".
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:The Russian Mafia knows how to get the job done. The parallels to ''Film/TheGodfather'' are not without reason.]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Alonzo Harris''': Today is a Training Day, Officer Hoyt.
* TookALevelInBadass: By the end of the film, its pretty apparent that Jake took one.
* TrainingFromHell: Alonzo makes Hoyt do all kinds of shit, including [[spoiler:participating in an armed robbery]] and smoke PCP-laced marijuana at gunpoint...in his first day as a narc.
* TricksterMentor: Alonzo masquerades as this.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Alonzo himself at the end.]]
* WhamShot: A doozy. Jake looks out the window to see Alonzo's car gone. He instantly realizes that Alonzo has left him there to be killed.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: ''Some'' of Alonzo's actions can be interpreted this way. Others, not so much.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Jake comments that the police usually don't enter The Jungle with anything less than a platoon. This is true in RealLife as well: the neighborhood they enter is avoided by the LAPD as effectively un-police-able. Antoine Fuqua specifically approached the gangs to get permission to film there, as the city effectively has no authority there.
* YouWouldntShootMe: In the climax, Alonzo taunts [[spoiler:Jake]] as the latter holds him at gunpoint, calling his bluff on shooting a police officer, even going as far as turning around and walking to grab the gun of a GangBanger laid on the ground to shoot him. [[spoiler:[[GoodIsNotSoft He finds out the hard way that Jake would shoot him]]. [[ShotInTheAss In the ass]]. He even warns him what would happen if he tries a stunt like that again]].
-->'''Jake:''' The next one ''will'' kill you.
* YourCheatingHeart: Alonzo has 4 kids with his wife, and at least one more with Sara.
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