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K-9 (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  28 April 1989 (USA)
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To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

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The extravagant cop Michael Dooley needs some help to fight a drug dealer who has tried to kill him. A "friend" gives him a dog named Jerry Lee, who has been trained to smell drugs. With his help, Dooley sets out to put his enemy behind the bars, but Jerry Lee has a personality of his own and works only when he wants to. On the other hand, the dog is quite good at destroying Dooley's car, house and sex-life... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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One's just a little smarter than the other. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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K-nino  »

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$43,247,647 (USA)
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Jerry Lee was played by Rando, a 3-year-old German Shepherd from West Germany. A year-long search was held to find the right dog for the role. Over 40 dogs were considered but none of the American German Shepherds were deemed suitable. Rando trained for 3 months with Karl Lewis Miller and learned to understand commands in English. See more »

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In the hotel restaurant we hear Jerry Lee 'drinking' the tea through a straw but the level in the glass does not change even after the cut. See more »

Quotes

[Jerry Lee has just single handedly taken out an entire bar of thugs who where roughing up Dooley]
Dooley: I want you to know that I'm the officer in charge here, Michael Dooley not Jerry Lee.
Jerry Lee: [looks at Dooley]
Dooley: Don't you ever...
Dooley: [pause] *ever* pull anything like that again, without talking to me first
Jerry Lee: [puts his head down]
Dooley: You lost it in there you know that, you lost control, we could be killed
[pause]
Dooley: I needed you back here.
Jerry Lee: [slowly lifts his head and looks at Dooley]
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Jerry Lee is played by Rando, not Jerry Lee, as credited at the end. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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MAIN TITLE (THEME FROM
JAWS")"
Music composed by John Williams
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Buddy movie about a special couple , a cop and his dog .
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The picture talks about James Belushi a quirky policeman who develops lonely his mission with the aim to track down an important drug peddler (Kevin Thige). The police chief (James Handy) assigns him as couple , a hound dog (Jerry Lee was played by Rando, a 3-year-old German Shepherd from West Germany and trained for 3 months) . They will have to confront deal of dangers while his fiancée (Mel Harris) is abducted .

The motion picture is a particular buddy movie because the starring are one person and one dog , the comedy and giggles regarding both of them are interminable . Over 40 dogs were considered but none of the American German Shepherds were deemed suitable . A year-long search was held to find the right dog for the role . The dog chosen , Rando , learned to understand commands in English . There's a previous picture concerning to similar theme upon policeman-dog relationship : ¨Turner and Hooch¨ , both of them are similar , though I think the best results to be the film featured by Tom Hanks.

The flick blends humor , action-packed , car pursuits , tongue-in-cheek , it's amusing but there are moments that is a little boring but when the dog appears is enough bemusing . The film obtained success at the box office ; however , ten years later , the same starring James Belushi and the dog (or different dog because had deceased) made a second part what failed and was direct-to-video . Subsequently had a third part that was another flop . The flick will appeal to action comedy buffs and dog lovers. Rating : Average 5'5/10


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