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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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Comedy | Crime

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26 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the raid on the drug facility/milk processing plant, the liquid that spews from the pipes and drums turns out to be milk. However, it is obviously not milk, not even skim, as milk would be a more solid color of white, as opposed to the nearly transparently white colored water that we see. See more »

Quotes

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 (as Miklos Rozsa)
Dragnet March Written by Walter Schumann
Art of Noise appears courtesy of China/Chrysalis Records
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Hilarious movie.
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an incredibly hilarious movie. This spoof on Dragnet is absolutely entertaining. Dan Ackroyd's performance as Sgt. Joe Friday is outstanding, along with Tom Hanks performance as Sgt. Friday's partner. In this movie Mr. Hanks shows his ability to perform comedy, as a straight man to a character whose pomposity is exceeded only by his inflexibility. In this spoof of the original Dragnet series, Sgt Friday is a puffed up martinet whose behavior is so absurd that it is actually funny. The original Sgt Friday probably would have been puzzled and chagrined over his transformation into a petty buffoon, but when Dan Ackroyd is playing the role, be prepared to laugh.


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