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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reverend Jonathan Whirley
Jane Kirkpatrick
Jerry Caesar
Enid Borden
Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson ...
Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings ...
Sylvia Wiss
Joe Altmark ...
Nina Arvesen ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

26 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlappe Bullen beißen nicht  »

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$57,387,516 (USA)

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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 »


After the shoot-out at the Caesar mansion, as Pep and Friday drive away a marble statue can be seen with very neat bullet holes through it. Due to the structure of marble (or any stone), bullets would not simply punch a smooth-edged hole in it, they would break chunks off. That the hole is black shows that the statue is also hollow and obviously a prop. See more »


Pep Streebeck: [both looking at Connie Swail in Enid Borden's wedding dress] 2 to 1, that's Enid Borden's wedding dress.
Joe Friday: 20 to 1 Enid Borden didn't look that good on her wedding day.
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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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It's A Fun Bit Of Nostalgia For Those Who've Seen The Old TV Series
6 November 2010 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

It's Saturday, November 6. 9:21 a.m. I've just watched "Dragnet."

A lot of old television shows have been made into movies. Most of them, frankly, have been disappointments. I have to say that the movie version of "Dragnet" is one of the better ones. Based on the cast, it should be. I'm not sure you could do any better than casting Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks in the lead roles, respectively, of Sgt. Joe Friday (supposedly the great-nephew of the Joe Friday from the series) and Tom Hanks as his new partner Pep Streebek. Both played their roles perfectly. Aykroyd was a great satirical take on Jack Webb's character, and Hanks was the perfect balance. The supporting cast - with names like Christopher Plummer and Dabney Coleman and Harry Morgan (reprising his character of Gannon from a 1969 "Dragnet" movie, who's now the police captain) - also made this worth watching.

The story has Friday and Streebek investigating some type of pagan cult that's been causing havoc on the streets of the city. Their undercover encounter with the cult at one of its gatherings was hilarious. Overall, mind you, this isn't an outrageously funny movie. It's more humorous than anything, with appeal mostly to those who've seen the original series. If you've never seen the original series a lot of the subtle humour (which revolves around Aykroyd's parody of Webb's character) will be lost. However, for those who do know the original series, it's a fun nostalgia trip with a good cast.

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