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Dragnet (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 26 June 1987 (USA)
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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 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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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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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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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

Obvious stunt doubles at the P.A.G.A.N. festival when Joe and Pep move away from the pool to make a running jump into it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Friday: [Friday addresses Whirley after he has entered a bathroom stall] Hold it right there, Whirley. Police officer, you're under arrest.
Reverend Jonathan Whirley: I beg your pardon, what is this? Some kind of a feeble joke?
Joe Friday: Oh, it's a real knee-slapper, friend, if you consider California Penal Code section 4A, 4207A, 597 and 217: Theft, Kidnapping, Cruelty to Animals, and Attempted Murder something to laugh about.
Reverend Jonathan Whirley: [seated on the toilet with his pants around his ankles] I haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about.
Joe Friday: My...
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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

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 14 secs by the BBFC to remove shots of nunchaku during a fight scene, as these were strictly outlawed in the UK at the time. The cuts were restored for the 2001 Columbia release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jay Leno's Garage: Crime Fighters (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Dragnet
(Danger Ahead/Dragnet March)
Performed & Produced by The Art of Noise (as Art of Noise)
Danger Ahead Written by Walter Schumann and Miklós Rózsa
Dragnet March Written by Walter Schumann
Art of Noise appears courtesy of China/Chrysalis Records
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The Good & Bad Of 'Dragnet (87)'
1 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

GOOD - This is a fast-moving film which entertains throughout. It features a good mixture of humor and action. Dan Aykroyd does a good job imitating Jack Webb as "Joe Friday. Alexandra Paul has about the sweetest face and smile I've seen on film. Too bad she never was involved with any other films I know about.

BAD - Another cheap shot at Christianity as a "reverend" is the bad guy in the movie. The movie associates greed, money and power with the church. Real moral subjects are treated lightly and with irreverence. On the violence, there is too Rambo mentality where the good guys never get hit.

OVERALL - Entertaining and worth a rental and perhaps a purchase.


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