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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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Police Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
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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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Taglines:

They're so bad at being bad... but so much worse at being good! 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

Gross USA:

$57,387,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$66,673,516
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Joe Friday first sits down at his desk, a pack of Chesterfield cigarettes is on top of the newspaper. Chesterfield sponsored the Dragnet radio series and Jack Webb, the original Joe Friday, used to participate in Chesterfield ads during the live radio broadcasts. See more »

Goofs

Sgt. Friday is suppose to be a by-the-book "never break the rules" cop, yet in the opening scene as he is pulling up to the police station Friday parks in front of a fire hydrant and gets out. Parking in front of a hydrant is still illegal in California. 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

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 »


Soundtracks

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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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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