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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dooley (as James Belushi)
Benny the Mule
David Haskell ...
Rental Salesman
Salesman Don (as Bill Sadler)


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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Meet the two toughest cops in town. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

K-nino  »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Icing on the dog's face during the car chase following the "Eat it! Take it all!" donut gag. See more »


Dooley: [Dooley resolves a hostage situation by driving into it with his new car] Narcotics?
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Crazy Credits

Jerry Lee is played by Rando, not Jerry Lee, as credited at the end. See more »


References Belyy Bim Chernoe ukho (1977) See more »


Written by Barbara Ann Hawkins (as Hawkins), Joe Jones (as Jones), Rosa Lee Hawkins (as Hawkins),
Marilyn Jones (as Johnson), Sharon Jones (as Jones) and Jessie Thomas (as Thomas)
Performed by Amy Holland
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Predictable but fun man-and-dog buddy movie
4 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

I do agree the story is predictable, and the ending didn't quite excite or move me. However, it does work surprisingly well as a man-and-dog buddy movie. The film is at least nice to watch, the soundtrack is decent, the direction is good and the script does have a few laughs that makes the experience enjoyable. And the acting is very spirited- Jerry-Lee is the star of the show, very well trained and cute, while James Belushi is always watchable and Mel Harris is appealing and sexy.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good buddy movie with enough humorous moments and spirited performances to make it worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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