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Dragnet -- "Just the facts": Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd star as unlikely partners in this hysterically funny action-comedy that pays homage to the famed original police drama of the '50s and '60s.
Dragnet -- 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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The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dan Aykroyd ... Sgt. Joe Friday

Tom Hanks ... Det. Pep Streebek

Christopher Plummer ... Reverend Jonathan Whirley

Harry Morgan ... Captain Bill Gannon

Alexandra Paul ... Connie Swail

Jack O'Halloran ... Emil Muzz

Elizabeth Ashley ... Jane Kirkpatrick

Dabney Coleman ... Jerry Caesar

Kathleen Freeman ... Enid Borden

Bruce Gray ... Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson ... Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings ... Sylvia Wiss
Lisa Aliff ... April
Joe Altmark ... Milkman
Nina Arvesen ... Lady Motor Cop
Fred Asparagus ... Tito Provencal
Peter Aykroyd ... Phoney CHP #2
Larry Bilzarian ... SWAT Trooper
Jim Boeke ... Nectar Pagan
Sandra Canning ... Baitmate
William Chalmers ... Observatory Pagan
Donald Craig ... Announcer
Karen Criswell ... Mansion Cellist

Josh Cruze ... Police Officer
Jennifer Curry ... Mansion Violinist
Gray Daniels ... Crewman #1
Gary Lee Davis ... Leggings Pagan
Susan Deemer ... Coffee Bar Dancer

Juliana Donald ... Zookeeper (as Juli Donald)
Sandra Eng ... TV Reporter

Ava Fabian ... Baitmate
Kimberly Foster ... Betsy Blees

Ruben Garfias ... Tough #2
Sharon Gilchrist ... Mansion Musician
Chester Grimes ... Pagan

Bert Hinchman ... Night Watchman
D.D. Howard ... Officer Robin Gilbert
Peter Leeds ... Roy Grest
Margaret Lenzey ... Baitmate
Lori Leonelli ... Baitmate

Lisa London ... 1982 Redhead
Kent MacLachlan ... Young Officer
Christopher Mankiewicz ... White Coat
Maurice Marsac ... Maitre d'
Marshall Maurice Mitchell ... Tough #1

Stuart Quan ... Tough #3
Ingrid M. Rhoads ... Baitmate

Casey Sander ... Phoney CHP #1
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Drug Pagan
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Caterer Pagan
John Walton Smith Jr. ... Lt. Thumb
Dona Speir ... Baitmate
Chuck Thornton ... Mo Sarkus
Bill Wittman ... Narrator (voice)

Meg Wyllie ... Mrs. Gannon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Partlow ... Detective (uncredited)
Harry Perry ... Guitar Player in Opening Scene (uncredited)

Shannon Tweed ... Baitmate (uncredited)

Sydney Urshan ... Officer Conklin (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Mankiewicz 
Writing credits
Dan Aykroyd (written by) and
Alan Zweibel (written by) and
Tom Mankiewicz (written by)

Jack Webb  radio and television series (uncredited)

Produced by
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
David Permut .... producer
Robert K. Weiss .... producer
Don Zepfel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William D. Gordean  (as William Gordean)
Richard Halsey 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle 
Art Direction by
Frank Richwood 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker 
Costume Design by
Taryn De Chellis  (as Taryn DeChellis)
Makeup Department
Christine Lee .... hair stylist
Jerry O'Dell .... makeup artist (as Gerald O'Dell)
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Daniel Striepeke)
Production Management
Don Zepfel .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fortmuller .... second second assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Victoria E. Rhodes .... second assistant director (as Vicki Rhodes)
Gary Rogers .... second second assistant director
Willie E. Simmons Jr. .... second second assistant director (as Willie Simmons)
Carol Smetana .... first assistant director: second unit
David Sosna .... first assistant director
Art Department
Carl Aldana .... production illustrator
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Jim Callan .... stand-by painter
Lynda May Jasper-Vogel .... mask maker
Peter Lamppu .... construction foreman
Steve Martin .... leadman: set dressing
Dennis McCarthy .... mask maker
Lee Orlikoff .... leadman: set dressing
John J. Rutchland III .... construction foreman
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John J. Rutchland)
Michael Taylor .... leadman: set dressing
Vinnie Vecchio .... assistant property master
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Jimmy Flores .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (uncredited)
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
James Bolt .... sound recordist
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer (as Willie Burton)
Jeff Clark .... sound editor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (as George Frederick)
Robert W. Harris .... sound technician (as Robert Harris)
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Andy MacDonald .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald J. Malouf .... sound editor (as Don Malouf)
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim Moriana)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Joe Parker .... sound editor
Daniel Payton .... sound assistant (as Dan Payton)
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Denise Whiting .... adr editor
Kyle Wright .... sound editor
Tim Grace .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Frink .... special effects
Roger Hansen .... special effects
Whitey Krumm .... special effects
David B. Miller .... designer: snake
Jimmy Thomson .... special effects (as Jim Thomson)
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects: Illusion Arts Inc.
Mark Moore .... visual effects production head (uncredited)
Perry Barndt .... stunts (as Perry Brandt)
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
David D. Darling .... stunts (as David Darling)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeffrey Dashnaw)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts (as Mark Dealessandro)
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Scott Dockstader .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Allan Graf .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Keehn)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
William T. Lane .... stunts (as William Lane)
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts (as Bob McLaughlin)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Joe Stone .... stunts
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Tom Hanks (uncredited)
Marco Paul .... stunt performer: guard (uncredited)
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... rigging gaffer
Lloyd Barcroft .... second company grip
Bob Bergdahl .... camera operator
Michael W. Blymyer .... lamp operator (as Michael Blymyer)
Pat Blymyer .... chief lighting technician
Dick Colean .... camera operator: second unit
Candy Edwards .... second assistant camera (as Candace Edwards)
Bob Fillis .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Robert Fillis)
Robert Fiore .... lamp operator
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
John Hart .... lamp operator
Joe Kelly .... grip
T. Sano Kwong .... second company grip
Robert LaBonge .... first assistant camera (as Bob La Bonge)
Hal Landaker .... video playback operator
Brian LeGrady .... second assistant camera
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Johnny London Jr. .... grip (as John London Jr.)
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera (as Dick Meinardus)
Montey Menapace .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
David B. Nowell .... aerial photographer (as David Nowell)
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator (as Mike St. Hilaire)
Robert C. Thomas .... director of photography: second unit
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera (as Mike Weldon)
Joseph T. Terranova .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Callahan .... costumer: men
Dan Moore .... costume supervisor
Renee Alaina Sacks .... costumer: women
Janet Henry Gershenfeld .... costume maker (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Phil Downey .... color timer
Gregory Gontz .... assistant editor (as Greg Gontz)
Colleen Halsey .... assistant editor (as Colleen Kincaid)
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Frank E. Jimenez .... associate editor (as Frank Jimenez)
Jeff Weisend .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... supervising music editor
Alf Clausen .... composer: additional music (as Alf Clauson)
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator (as Alf Clauson)
Gary Ladinsky .... music score engineer
Gary Ladinsky .... music score mixer
Don Nemitz .... composer: additional music
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
David Newman .... composer: additional music
David Newman .... orchestrator
Bruce Robb .... music engineer
Bruce Robb .... music mixer
Bruce Robb .... music recorder (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dennis Clark .... transportation captain
Ken Day .... driver: insert car (as Kenny Day)
Vince del Castillo .... transportation coordinator (as Vince Del Castillo)
Don McManus .... transportation captain
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
John Tuell .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dan Cooke .... technical advisor (as Lt. Dan Cooke)
Debra Crowningshield .... production assistant
Robert C. Decker .... location manager
Ron Filbert .... auditor
Peter Giuliano .... location manager: second unit
Rob Harris .... publicist
Fred Inman .... police coordinator
Maria Jackson .... secretary: Mr. Mankiewicz
Katie Jacobs .... assistant: Mr. Permut
Trish Kinney .... script supervisor
Clay Lacy .... aerial coordinator
Mark L. Levine .... production assistant (as Mark Levine)
Kevin Marcy .... production associate (as Kevin M. Marcy)
Scott Patterson .... pilot
Dickson Courtney Silberberg .... production assistant
Ann Ford Stevens .... assistant: Mr. Mankeiwicz (as Ann Stevens)
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Cliff Taylor .... assistant location manager
Chuck Thornton .... pilot: T-38
Linda Von .... secretary: Mr. Weiss
Lisa J. Watters .... production coordinator
Hope Williams .... script supervisor: second unit
Jerry Woodside .... assistant chief rigging technician
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot (as Robert M. Zajonc)
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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106 min
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When Joe Friday is doing his opening narrations as he sits down at his desk, he says "My partner is Frank Smith..." Frank Smith was Friday's original partner on the 1950's Dragnet series and the radio show.See more »
Continuity: The placement of Jerry's left arm when he's talking to Jonathan in the cemetery.See more »
Enid Borden:The magazines and papers were his down in the trash. No cheques or money, I looked. I should have thrown it all in the river the day he left but unlike some people I have a heart, goddamnit, the miserable little bag of puke.
Joe Friday:I think we're finished here, don't you Detective Streebeck?
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One Of My Guilty Pleasures, 2 September 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer and Dan Ackroyd have certainly done better work than Dragnet, I can't think of a movie where any of them would have had better fun making it. Dragnet is one of the guilty pleasures I have, a film that will never be rated as one of the greatest of all time, but a film that I split a gut laughing at even though I know all the jokes coming.

Dragnet is a satirical version of the famous documentary style police show from the Fifties and the later color version from the sixties. Dan Ackroyd's dead-on impersonation of the no-nonsense monotone Jack Webb that a generation of Americans grew up remembering is excellent. Like Webb he plays it completely straight or maybe I should say straight man.

Because he's got a new partner fresh from undercover narcotics in Tom Hanks. Ackroyd's not quite used to the girl chasing, motorcycle loving partner that he's been assigned to. He's been brought up in the strict traditions of his Uncle Joe and he has a photograph of Jack Webb on his desk. He's even got Harry Morgan as his captain and we well remember that Harry Morgan was Jack Webb's partner in the sixties version of Dragnet.

Anyway the two of them are assigned to investigate an assortment of crimes that a motorcycle gang called the PAGANS are responsible for. I can't explain any more because the plot gets positively surreal from here. All I can say is the laughs never stop.

Look for some good supporting performances in addition to those mentioned from Elizabeth Ashley as the new police commissioner, Alexandra Paul as 'the virgin Connie Swale', Jack O'Halloran as a Pagan member, Kathleen Freeman as a foulmouthed landlady, and Dabney Coleman as a Hugh Hefner type publisher.

But most of all this film belongs to Christopher Plummer in every scene he's in. He plays the whole thing with a twinkle in his eye when he's being the most sanctimonious as the Reverend Jonathan Whirley. I can't think of a film where Plummer is funnier in or one where it looks like he's having such a good time.

The good time is positively infectious. The most hidebound stuffed shirt will love this film as I did.

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