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:
Reverend Jonathan Whirley
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:

Schlappe Bullen beißen nicht  »

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$57,387,516 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Of the Joe Friday character, actor Dan Aykroyd has said: "I've had a fascination with Joe Friday since I was a kid. Next to Clouseau, he's the most famous cop in the world. I've studied his speech inflections, his mannerisms, his walk. During filming, I'd listen to tapes of the old shows. I even started dreaming in character. If there was ever a character I'd always wanted to play, it was this . . . "m a huge fan of [Jack] Webb's. I basically just love everything he did. Dragnet was something I'd always wanted to do but I never thought the opportunity would come up because I didn't know who owned the rights to the idea. When Universal called and said they were interested in doing it, I think I made a deal to write the script the next week". See more »


At end, when the private jet is forced down in the remote desert town, all the police cars pulling up to plane on the runway have obvious LAPD markings. See more »


Friday: [on a motorcycle with Pep] Streebeck, there's no road here!
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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 »


(Danger Ahead/Dragnet March)
Performed & Produced by The Art of Noise (as Art of Noise)
Danger Ahead Written by Walter Schumann and Miklós Rózsa (as Miklos Rozsa)
Dragnet March Written by Walter Schumann
Art of Noise appears courtesy of China/Chrysalis Records
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Absolutely hilarious!
29 June 1999 | by (Dayton, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Tom Hanks reminds us of just how good a comic actor he is, and Dan Ackroyd just "becomes" his character! I found the movie to be part dead-on parody, part slapstick, part cop movie (with a twist). Christopher Plummer and Dabney Coleman have a ball with their supporting roles, and Alexandra Paul adds just a dash of sex appeal. I was smiling from start to finish, and could watch it over and over.

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