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Dragnet (1987)

 -  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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Storyline

Friday and Streebek are assigned to some very strange robberies, like i.e. the stealing of one bat, a 30 feet long snake and the mane of a lion from a zoo. All the latest BAIT magazines were also recently stolen, and some chemichals 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 the job. Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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26 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Behálózva  »

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Trivia

Links to the two classic TV series include a cameo by Harry Morgan, and a photo of Jack Webb is visible in one scene. Morgan was originally going to be in one scene only but asked for a bigger part, so he was made the Captain. As well as the closing credits theme of the original series played towards the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie the police car is shown driving down Century Blvd making you think they are heading to LAX. In the next scene you see jet radio is set to 119.3 which is the frequency for Van Nuys airport Tower - about 15 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Enid Borden: [Friday knocks on her door, she opens] What the hell do you want?
Joe Friday: [as he and Streebek show their badges] Police officers, maam.
Enid Borden: 'Bout time you pencil-dicks showed up. Why couldn't you have gotten here before that big bad stupid-looking piece of sewage breath stole my white wedding dress?
Joe Friday: 'Sewage-breath' is your little nickname for?
Enid Borden: Muzz. Emil Muzz.
Pep Streebeck: [Looks at Friday] Not much of an improvement.
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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 »

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Follows Dragnet 1967 (1967) See more »

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City of Crime
Performed by Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks
Featuring Glenn V. Hughes III (as Glenn Hughes) and Pat Thrall
Written by Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd and Pat Thrall
Produced by J.B. Moore and Robert Ford
Associate Producers: Peter Aykroyd and Pat Thrall
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Wonderful homage to a great old TV show

Most people remember Dragnet with Jack Webb as the buttoned-up police sergeant Joe Friday. Dan Akyroyd plays the nephew of that character here. He is so much like Webb that he even appears to be channeling him spiritually. Tom Hanks has a great time with the new character of Pep Streebeck, the antithesis of Friday. The rest of the cast is fun, never quite taking the whole business seriously. Dabney Coleman, Christopher Plummer and even Harry Morgan reprising his Bill Gannon role (now the captain of detectives). The marginally fleshed out plot involves P.A.G.A.N.s attacking Coleman's smut magazines and advocating for "good sex and bad drugs" as the key to a great society.

The jokes in this movie fly fast and furious and are aimed at all kinds, not just the lowest common denominator. Lots of fun, randomness abounds. The best way to enjoy this movie is to relax and not take it too seriously, because it is half spoof-half cop action comedy. This is a fun ride. 9/10


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