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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 <>

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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


$43,247,647 (USA)

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Detective Dooley is the name of James Belushi's character. In "Little Shop of Horrors (1986)", he took over a small role from actor Paul Dooley. See more »


During the movie Dooley is playing a game when he is on stakeout. In the background you can see the Mustang emblem on the steering wheel. Later in the stolen police car when he is playing a game while tailing Lyman, the Mustang emblem is in the background again. See more »


[Dooley meets Jerry Lee]
Brannigan: There he is, the best nose on the force. He could stick that snout in the wind right now and lead you to a stash in the middle of Tijuana.
Dooley: Listen, I gotta be up front with you. I got a real bad feeling about this dog.
Brannigan: Hey, tough shit. That's all I got. Not I want you to take care.
Dooley: Don't worry about the dog.
Brannigan: It's not the dog I'm worried about.
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Crazy Credits

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


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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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