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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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They're so bad at being bad... but so much worse at being good! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,542,669 (USA) (28 June 1987)

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Dan Aykroyd has said of this movie: "I believe that good comedy should have a base in realism. I think that's part of why the Dragnet show lends itself so well to a comedic interpretation. It also had a very recognizable style. So, we've got more here than simply my doing the character of Joe Friday". See more »

Goofs

After stopping the PAGANs at Caesar's Mansion, Jerry Caesar walks up to Joe Friday and offers to repay him by giving Friday a lifetime subscription to "Bait, Dollies, and Field and Cream". Yet when the PAGANs are torching the magazine warehouse at the beginning of the film, there is a large sign on the side of the warehouse that shows the magazine titles in Caesar's line as "Bait, Field and Cream, and Cable Girls". "Dollies" isn't mentioned. See more »

Quotes

[reading from huge lit up sign]
Joe Friday: People... Against... Goodness... And... Normalcy. P, A, G, A, N. P.A.G.A.N.!
Pep Streebeck: Nice work, Joe.
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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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Dance or Die
Performed, Written and Produced by Peter Aykroyd and Pat Thrall
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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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