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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Rando ...
Jeff Allin ...
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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One's just a little smarter than the other. 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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Did You Know?


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 »


When Dooley is chasing the man on the roof of the building, you can see the man's hand on the letter "C" before he attacks Dooley. See more »


Tracy: Do you know you have an animal growing out of your pants?
Dooley: Thanks, hon. I also have a dog here.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Jimmy Hollywood (1994) See more »


Written by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of
PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Not a buddy-cop movie..... quite.
28 May 1999 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

For a short time during the eighties, Hollywood discovered to concept of the Buddy-Dog movie with this and Turner & Hooch coming out in the same year.

This is probably the funniest of the two with Belushi delivering another wonderful comic performance. However, it is probably slightly poorer than the Tom Hanks film as the script is less rounded, with only the fairly run-of-the-mill drug smuggling story to occupy you.

However, the action and laughs keep coming throughout the movie, leaving another underrated, overlooked comedy gem from Belushi. I can't wait for the sequel coming out this year.

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