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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Schlappe Bullen beißen nicht  »

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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The famous "Dragnet" catch-phrase "Just the Facts" was used as a promotional blurb / tagline for the picture. So was the pun and more generalized expression, "Thank Gods It's Friday", itself having been the title of a Hollywood movie about nine year's earlier [See: Thank God It's Friday (1978)]. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Friday and Pep get Captain Gannon and the Commissioner to go to the site of the PAGAN event, Friday's narration indicates they met at 5:45 a.m. on a date in April. However, it is full daylight when they arrive. While sunrise is as early as 5:41 a.m. in Los Angeles, that does not occur until June whereas the average sunrise time in April is about 6:10. See more »

Quotes

Pep Streebeck: This guy knows God personally, I hear they play racquetball together.
Joe Friday: Well, just go ahead and chuckle away, mister. I don't hear God laughing.
Pep Streebeck: You will, once he sees your haircut.
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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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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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