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Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 26 June 1987 (USA)
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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$57,387,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,673,516
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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 (1989), this same structure was used as the home of Ray Peterson - who was played by Tom Hanks. See more »

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The hair on the back of Friday's neck is longer, while riding shotgun, in pursuit of Emil. After detaining Emil, Friday's neck is well-trimmed. See more »

Quotes

Pep Streebeck: Well, what a pleasant surprise... Grannie Friday...
Friday: Not that it's any of your business, she's my maternal grandmother, her name is Mundy.
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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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A Lame, Directionless Parody, Despite its Inspired Casting
16 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

A big budget effort to revive the long-dormant TV series with a snarkier, more wise-cracking slant. Dan Aykroyd is in his element as the super stiff, by-the-books Joe Friday (nephew of the original protagonist), while Tom Hanks often feels like he tries too hard as the detective's wacky, off-kilter new partner. The two play their roles well, but oddly don't have much of a rapport and feel like they're more wrapped up in the eccentricities of the characters than what's going on around them. I can't really blame them - the plot doesn't seem appropriate, or even all that interesting. Why stick to the guidelines of a basic detective story when you can dive into the overcomplicated saga of an evil pagan minister with deep political ties and a weakness for sacrificial virgins, I guess? It's a terrible match for the cast, who seem as puzzled by it as I was, and sets the film up for failure before it's even found its legs. Amusing at times, for the most part it's helplessly contradictory, clumsy and often downright grating.


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