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Dragnet (1987)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Tom Mankiewicz

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About the Movie

This is the city... and only Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks can save it in this hilarious box-office blockbuster that pays homage to the famed original police drama of the '50s and '60s. Aykroyd is at his comedic best as the namesake nephew of Detective Sgt. Joe Friday. Like his uncle, he's a blue-suited, by-the-rules cop who reluctantly joins forces with his footloose partner Pep Streebek (Hanks) to rescue the City of Angels from the machinations of a power-mad Reverend and corrupt Police Commissioners. And those are "just the facts" of this hysterically funny action-comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Aykroyd and Mr. Hanks play well together, but the funniest performance in the film is that of Dabney Coleman, as the smut king (who lisps). – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: More innocuous than inventive. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Dan Aykroyd steals the show with a hilarious impersonation and tribute to the stern-faced TV cop Joe Friday, played for more than a decade by Jack Webb. – Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune, Aug 16, 2017

Rotten: Aykroyd's script has more than its share of clever, witty ideas, but the film still feels the need to descend way too often to Police Academy-style heroes-dress-up-like-idiots sequences. – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Where is The Money Pit???!!!

Where is The Money Pit???!!!

Great little romp

Loosely based on the old Dragnet series starring Jack Webb, Ackroyd (as Joe Friday's nephew) does a great impression of a tight-assed, by-the-book cop and Hanks gives a very fine performance as his considerably looser and more modern partner. It is a sort of comic morality play showing in comedic form the hypocrisy of the "System" and its denizens. Christopher Plummer does a perfect job as the smooth and smarmy Reverend who is also the criminal leader of a satanic-like cult, scheming with the corrupt police commissioner and a sleazy porn czar (ably played by Dabney Coleman) to gain political, economic and social power over the city, while smoothly and ruthlessly planning to double-cross all his fellow plotters, and gain total control. A great comic romp, (very loosely) based on an old standard cop show.


This is were u see 2 guys at their best. I've seen some not so good Dan Aykroyd movies , and this is not one of them. And you get to see an early Tom Hanks. This movie has it's funny spread out through the whole movie and not just at the beginning. Great, a classic!

Dragnet (1987)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1987

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