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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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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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Comedy | Crime

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26 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Trivia

When Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks) sees Connie Swail's house, he mockingly asks, "Can the Beaver come out and play?" However, in the movie "The Burbs" which came out two years later, this same structure was used as the home of Ray Peterson - who was played by Tom Hanks. See more »

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The placement of Jerry's left arm when he's talking to Jonathan in the cemetery. See more »

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Friday: [to Pep] They ought to transfer you to Missing Persons, Streebeck. You know everybody.
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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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Dragnet
(Danger Ahead/Dragnet March)
Performed & Produced by The Art of Noise (as Art of Noise)
Danger Ahead Written by Walter Schumann and Miklós Rózsa
Dragnet March Written by Walter Schumann
Art of Noise appears courtesy of China/Chrysalis Records
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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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