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 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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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 »

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Comedy | Crime

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Trivia

The famous catchphrase "Just the facts ma'am" was never actually said by Jack Webb/Joe Friday, but by comedian Stan Freberg. Freberg produced and recorded his 1951 Dragnet parody, "St. George And The Dragonet," a #1 hit for four weeks in October 1953. It sold more than one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. See more »

Goofs

When Pep arrests Emil Muz at Caesar's mansion, he is holding his handcuffs in his left hand. In the next shot, he is shown retrieving his handcuffs from his right-side belt holster. See more »

Quotes

Enid Borden: The magazines and papers were his down in the trash. No cheques or money, I looked. I should have thrown it all in the river the day he left but unlike some people I have a heart, goddamnit, the miserable little bag of puke.
Joe Friday: I think we're finished here, don't you Detective Streebeck?
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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 Jack Webb) next it, and Emil Muzz reaching for a pack in his interrogation process, which is completely cut. See more »

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Featured in The Art of Noise: Dragnet (1987) See more »

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Helplessly in Love
Performed by New Edition
Written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Flyte Time Productions Inc.
New Edition appears courtesy of MCA Records
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It's A Fun Bit Of Nostalgia For Those Who've Seen The Old TV Series
6 November 2010 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

It's Saturday, November 6. 9:21 a.m. I've just watched "Dragnet."

A lot of old television shows have been made into movies. Most of them, frankly, have been disappointments. I have to say that the movie version of "Dragnet" is one of the better ones. Based on the cast, it should be. I'm not sure you could do any better than casting Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks in the lead roles, respectively, of Sgt. Joe Friday (supposedly the great-nephew of the Joe Friday from the series) and Tom Hanks as his new partner Pep Streebek. Both played their roles perfectly. Aykroyd was a great satirical take on Jack Webb's character, and Hanks was the perfect balance. The supporting cast - with names like Christopher Plummer and Dabney Coleman and Harry Morgan (reprising his character of Gannon from a 1969 "Dragnet" movie, who's now the police captain) - also made this worth watching.

The story has Friday and Streebek investigating some type of pagan cult that's been causing havoc on the streets of the city. Their undercover encounter with the cult at one of its gatherings was hilarious. Overall, mind you, this isn't an outrageously funny movie. It's more humorous than anything, with appeal mostly to those who've seen the original series. If you've never seen the original series a lot of the subtle humour (which revolves around Aykroyd's parody of Webb's character) will be lost. However, for those who do know the original series, it's a fun nostalgia trip with a good cast.


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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

Gross USA:

$57,387,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,673,516
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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