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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:
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 <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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Release Date:

26 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dragnet 1987  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$57,387,516 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Detective Streebeck's TV watch was real. SEIKO invented it in 1983. It had a black-and-white display and a separate battery pack/tuner about the size of a Walkman. See more »


When Joe is eating his Chilli-dog, he sits down with both covered in chili, but when he takes his first bite it has almost none. See more »


Joe Friday: There's the limo from the mansion.
Pep Streebeck: Yeah, and that's Emil Muzz.
Joe Friday: Let's check Enid Bordon's description.
Pep Streebeck: Well?
[Opens his notebook and reads from it]
Pep Streebeck: Big, bad, stupid-looking.
Joe Friday: An exact match.
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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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A comic gem!
28 October 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I managed to catch Dragnet on one boring late night on HBO and how glad I am to have done that! Without going into the small details, this is a must see.

The chemistry between Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks is just awesome. Both Dan and Tom manages to play their respective characters with sheer conviction. The plot is simple and the dialog hilarious: just the sort you need for straight unadulterated fun.

Best of all, the move has some of the most brilliant comic moments from 1980's.

I'm not giving anything away, you'll need to watch to find out ;-)

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