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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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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,387,516 (USA)
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Trivia

The spot where Joe parks his blue Ford police car in the beginning of the movie is the 200 block of N Spring st. It is the West entrance to Los Angeles city hall. The exact spot where he parked is now a bus stop as of 2015. The street is one way south except for a north bound bus only lane. See more »

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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 »

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Friday: Can you tell me how much a monthly run of your "magazine" is worth?
Jerry Caesar: Well, let's just thay it's more money than you'll ever thee in your life. And I do that every month.
Friday: At least my money is clean.
Jerry Caesar: Tell you what you can do, Friday, before you go home and thtart polithing your pennieth. Why don't you go out there and get my magathineth back on the thtandth where they belong?
Friday: Listen, hotshot. I'm gonna tell you something right now. I don't care for you or for the putrid sludge you're troweling out...
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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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It's A Fun Bit Of Nostalgia For Those Who've Seen The Old TV Series
6 November 2010 | by (Durham 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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