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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)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Trivia

The motor-bike that Tom Hanks rides is a BMW K75, often referred to as a "flying brick" by BMW Motorcycle people. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the LAPD Ramming Tank is cutting a swath through the milk factory, if you look closely in the very back of the warehouse, you'll see two men in yellow jumpsuits and gas masks standing and watching the tank cut across a line of pipes. When Joe and Pep emerge from the tank, they are wearing yellow jumpsuits and gas masks. The two men in the background observing the action shot may or may not be Dan Akyroyd and Tom Hanks watching the stuntmen driving the tank in the scene and waiting for their turn to shoot their scene of them emerging from the tank. See more »

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Jerry Caesar: Reverend, you've got balls as big as church bells.
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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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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Dance or Die
Performed, Written and Produced by Peter Aykroyd and Pat Thrall
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Wonderful homage to a great old TV show

Most people remember Dragnet with Jack Webb as the buttoned-up police sergeant Joe Friday. Dan Akyroyd plays the nephew of that character here. He is so much like Webb that he even appears to be channeling him spiritually. Tom Hanks has a great time with the new character of Pep Streebeck, the antithesis of Friday. The rest of the cast is fun, never quite taking the whole business seriously. Dabney Coleman, Christopher Plummer and even Harry Morgan reprising his Bill Gannon role (now the captain of detectives). The marginally fleshed out plot involves P.A.G.A.N.s attacking Coleman's smut magazines and advocating for "good sex and bad drugs" as the key to a great society.

The jokes in this movie fly fast and furious and are aimed at all kinds, not just the lowest common denominator. Lots of fun, randomness abounds. The best way to enjoy this movie is to relax and not take it too seriously, because it is half spoof-half cop action comedy. This is a fun ride. 9/10


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