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Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 26 June 1987 (USA)
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The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Kirkpatrick
Jerry Caesar
Enid Borden
Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson ...
Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings ...
Sylvia Wiss
Joe Altmark ...
Nina Arvesen ...
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Friday and Streebek are assigned to some very strange robberies, like i.e. the stealing of one bat, a 30 foot long snake and the mane of a lion from a zoo. All the latest BAIT magazines were also recently stolen, and some chemicals that when are mixed correctly develops a very deadly gas. All these thefts have one thing in common; visit cards with the word "PAGAN" left at the crime scenes. Solving these crimes, including why plenty of police vehicles have been stolen lately, involves the usual; to drink coffee at strip tease bars, rescue kidnapped virgins from drowning and lose their jobs. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Release Date:

26 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragnet 1987  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$57,387,516 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Tom Hanks has stated that he enjoyed making this film even though he found some parts challenging and the weather didn't always cooperate. See more »


As they are driving to the rally, Friday narrates that they were issued a "...distressed 1985 unmarked Ford sedan." The car they are driving is a Ford LTD-S, which last year of production was in 1982. See more »


Joe Friday: [looking at a lion who's mane has been shaved into a mohawk] Somebody must have wanted that lion's mane pretty bad to pull a twisted stunt like that.
Pep Streebeck: Although, as mohawks go it's not that bad. It'll grow back.
Joe Friday: Yeah, and how do you tell that to these kids here who have never seen a lion before and now probably won't have the desire to ever see one again.
Pep Streebeck: Kids, it'll grow back.
[kids cheer]
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the film, when Streebeck arrests Muzz, he raps him his rights. In the closing credits there is an extended version of this, with Friday and Streebeck rapping about rights, as well as about the PAGAN ritual they witnessed. See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.26 (2009) See more »


Dance or Die
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Uneven and loaded with a sarcastic sense of humor.
28 April 2003 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Uneven and loaded with a sarcastic sense of humor yet this movie version of "Dragnet" may not top the classic t.v. series, however; it deserves a look sixteen years later.

Dan Aykroyd, well-cast as Joe Friday (and sounds like him) and his new parter Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks) stumble around and verbally clash with each other while tie a crooked televangelist (Christopher Plummer)to a twisted cult.

"Dragnet" has its share of hilarious moments in the movie and the best one involves where a limo driver intentionally drives over Friday's feet. The expression on Aykroyd's face, well, speaks for itself.

Another note, one of the cast members from the tv series, Harry Morgan, reprises his role as Gannon, who is now the captain.

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