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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dooley (as James Belushi)
... Tracy
... Lyman
... Brannigan
... Jerry Lee
... Byers
... Halstead
... Gilliam
... Freddie
... Benny the Mule
... Dillon
... Chad
David Haskell ... Doctor
... Rental Salesman
... Salesman Don (as Bill Sadler)
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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 »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

K-nino  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,247,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,247,647
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lyman's car is a Maserati Quattroporte Tipo AM 330. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in Jimmy Hollywood (1994) See more »

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CAR WASH
Written by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An great buddy flick about an man and his new found friend... a dog.
4 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Narcotics Cop Thomas Dooley(James Belushi) is an unusual off-beat person... who loves to work alone. One day, his boss (Cotther Smith) wants Dooley find an new partner. He decides to use an K-9 named Jerry Lee (Koton), who has the best nose for the drug-busting business. At first, Dooley and Jerry Lee don't get along until they share a few things in common. At the same time, Dooley does his best with his love life (Mel Harris) and trying to bust a prominent socialite (Kevin Tighe). Thomas and his new partner are in for a wild ride.

Directed by Rod Daniel (Beethoven's 2nd, Like Father Like Son, Teen Wolf) made an enjoyable if silly cop between an relationship with a man and a dog. Belushi and especially Koton are good in the film. There's some hilarious moments, which this movie is aimed at kids but there's some violent scenes as well.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. DVD features are basically like the original theatrical trailer and cast & filmmakers' bios. "K-9" was an surprise box office hit. But the relationship between a man and a dog came out months earlier in 1989, which it has some of the same premise titled "Turner & Hooch". But i feel that "K-9" is the better film than the other one. But that's up to the viewer to decide. There's some familiar faces in "K-9" in bit parts like Ed O'Neill, Alan Blumenfeld, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Dan Castellaneta (Best Known as the voice of Homer Simpson on "The Simpsons") and William Salder. "K-9" was so popular on video, there was two Direct to Video movies produced... starring James Belushi. "K-9" is a good cop comedy with some genuine laughs. Worth seeing. (****/*****).


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