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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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Release Date:

26 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragnet 1987  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,542,669, 28 June 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Joe Friday quotes the dress code to Pep at the beginning of the film pretty accurately. Section 3/605, paragraph .10 covers the need for a neat, professional appearance. Paragraphs .20 through .26 cover hair. Paragraph .50 allows normal civilian clothing if appropriate to the assignment. Paragraph .70 refers to ornamentation, such as rings. Paragraph .80, which covers appropriate attire for court, is the only one that mentions the specific items of clothing Friday quotes. See more »


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 »


Joe Friday: Ah, sure, but just like every other foaming, rabid psycho in this city with a foolproof plan, you've forgotten you're facing the single finest fighting force ever assembled.
Reverend Jonathan Whirley: The Israelis?
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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 »


Dragnet March
Written by Walter Schumann
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Impressive, Bordering on Spectacular
6 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I noticed that many of the comments on this film were negative. Those people need to loosen up and get "just the facts." Maybe I see more of the humor because I am a law enforcement officer, but this film is a scream. It takes everything that the original series did, and does it with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Dan Ackroyd's deadpan Jack Webb impersonation is a riot, as are the remarks he makes to Hanks' Pep Streebeck. A typical example would be after Joe ignores Sylvia Wiss' advances, and Pep calls him on it. Joe looks him dead in the eye and says, "Streebeck, there are two things that separate us from the animals. One, we use cutlery. Two, we can control our sexual urges. I don't know about you, but don't drag ME into your private HELL!" That line is so Jack Webb-DRAGNET that I'm surprised it never showed up in the 1960's version. Like the Austin Powers films, DRAGNET spoofs a cultural icon in such a way as to evoke the original. Ignore the silly plot, and just enjoy the ride.**PS**I have actually used the line I quoted above in the line of duty!

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