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Dragnet (1987)

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The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

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Tom Mankiewicz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Friday
Tom Hanks ... Streebek
Christopher Plummer ... Whirley
Harry Morgan ... Gannon
Alexandra Paul ... Connie Swail
Jack O'Halloran ... Emil Muzz
Elizabeth Ashley ... Jane Kirkpatrick
Dabney Coleman ... Jerry Caesar
Kathleen Freeman ... Enid Borden
Bruce Gray ... Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson ... Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings Julia Jennings ... Sylvia Wiss
Lisa Aliff ... April
Joe Altmark Joe Altmark ... Milkman
Nina Arvesen ... Lady Motor Cop
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Storyline

The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery.

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Taglines:

Thank God It's Friday See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragnet 1987 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,542,669, 28 June 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,387,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,673,516
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Connie Swail's house was later used as Susan Mayer's house in the television series Desperate Housewives (2004). See more »

Goofs

When the Pagans are chanting "Kill the good" as they surround Joe, Pep, and Connie at the rally, Joe is alternately holding up/not holding up his badge between shots. See more »

Quotes

Joe Friday: [about Reverend Jonathan Whirley] And he'd better tell me where Connie is or I'll shove that collar so far down his throat I'll have to take off his shoes to ring his neck!
Pep Streebeck: Friday, listen to yourself! You're not thinking like a cop any more, you're thinking like a man in love!
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the film, when Streebeck arrests Muzz, he raps him his rights. In the closing credits there is an extended version of this, with Friday and Streebeck rapping about rights, as well as about the PAGAN ritual they witnessed. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the network TV version two scenes that involve a character reaching for a package of cigarettes have been edited; these include Friday reaching for a pack on his desk, which has been edited with a freeze-frame of the photo of his uncle (original Joe Friday played by ) next it, and Emil Muzz reaching for a pack in his interrogation process, which is completely cut. See more »

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One Of My Guilty Pleasures
2 September 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although Tom Hanks and Christopher Plummer and Dan Ackroyd have certainly done better work than Dragnet, I can't think of a movie where any of them would have had better fun making it. Dragnet is one of the guilty pleasures I have, a film that will never be rated as one of the greatest of all time, but a film that I split a gut laughing at even though I know all the jokes coming.

Dragnet is a satirical version of the famous documentary style police show from the Fifties and the later color version from the sixties. Dan Ackroyd's dead-on impersonation of the no-nonsense monotone Jack Webb that a generation of Americans grew up remembering is excellent. Like Webb he plays it completely straight or maybe I should say straight man.

Because he's got a new partner fresh from undercover narcotics in Tom Hanks. Ackroyd's not quite used to the girl chasing, motorcycle loving partner that he's been assigned to. He's been brought up in the strict traditions of his Uncle Joe and he has a photograph of Jack Webb on his desk. He's even got Harry Morgan as his captain and we well remember that Harry Morgan was Jack Webb's partner in the sixties version of Dragnet.

Anyway the two of them are assigned to investigate an assortment of crimes that a motorcycle gang called the PAGANS are responsible for. I can't explain any more because the plot gets positively surreal from here. All I can say is the laughs never stop.

Look for some good supporting performances in addition to those mentioned from Elizabeth Ashley as the new police commissioner, Alexandra Paul as 'the virgin Connie Swale', Jack O'Halloran as a Pagan member, Kathleen Freeman as a foulmouthed landlady, and Dabney Coleman as a Hugh Hefner type publisher.

But most of all this film belongs to Christopher Plummer in every scene he's in. He plays the whole thing with a twinkle in his eye when he's being the most sanctimonious as the Reverend Jonathan Whirley. I can't think of a film where Plummer is funnier in or one where it looks like he's having such a good time.

The good time is positively infectious. The most hidebound stuffed shirt will love this film as I did.


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