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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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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


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The game played by Dooley in his car is a Game and Watch from Nintendo. The game is called "Manhole" second version released in 1983. See more »


After Dooley steals the squad car he is seen in it waiting outside Lyman's place. While he waits he plays his hand held Nintendo which clearly has no batteries in it. See more »


Lyman: Dooley, what is it about me that makes you so passionate?
Dooley: Well, it's not your looks, Lyman. I guess it's your job.
Lyman: And knowing your methods of law enforcement, I don't suppose that you have a search warrant?
Dooley: Dog ate it. You can hang around his tail for an hour.
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Crazy Credits

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


Written by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce
Courtesy of MCA Records
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I Love It
24 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a young child, K-9 was one of my favourite films, and although my tastes have matured with time, this is still a very funny film, with one of the most underrated actors ever, James Belushi. Playing the superb Bill Murray deadpan style, but usually as a cop, rather than Murray's humorous loser roles, Belushi is a likeable dodgy cop. The end scene in the hospital is the best man and dog conversation ever, although Jerry Lee jumping in the poodle's car runs it pretty close.

My rating : 9 out of 10

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