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Dragnet (1987)



Critic Consensus: While it's sporadically funny and certainly well-cast, Dragnet is too clumsy and inconsistent to honor its classic source material.

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Based on the television series of the same name, this film follows the exploits of Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd), the nephew of the famous police officer, as he is teamed up with a new partner, Pep Streebek (Tom Hanks). While Friday is a stuffy, rule-obsessed, anal-retentive fellow, Streebek is his messy, irresponsible alter-ego. However, when a bizarre religious cult threatens Friday's new love interest, the two resolve their differences and work together to save her.

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Tom Hanks
as Streebek
Alexandra Paul
as Connie Swail
Jack O'Halloran
as Emil Muzz
Elizabeth Ashley
as Jane Kirkpatrick
Dabney Coleman
as Jerry Caesar
Kathleen Freeman
as Enid Borden
Bruce Gray
as Mayor Parvin
Lenka Peterson
as Granny Mundy
Julia Jennings
as Sylvia Wiss
Joe Altmark
as Milkman
Fred Asparagus
as Tito Provencal
Peter Aykroyd
as Phoney Cop #2
Nina Arvesen
as Motor Cop
Jim Boeke
as Nectar Pagan
Donald Craig
as Announcer
Gray Daniels
as Crewman #1
Gary Lee Davis
as Leggings Pagan
Sandra Eng
as TV Reporter
Ava Fabian
as Baitmate
Kimberly Foster
as Betsy Blees
Ruben Garfias
as Tough #2
Bert Hinchman
as Night Watchman
D.D. Howard
as Officer Robin Gilbert
Peter Leeds
as Roy Grest
Maurice Marsac
as Maitre d'
Stuart Quan
as Tough #3
Casey Sander
as Phoney Cop #1
Ray Sharkey
as Drug Pagan
Bill Wittman
as Narrator
Meg Wyllie
as Mrs. Gannon
Josh Cruze
as Police Officer
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Caterer Pagan
Dona Speir
as Baitmate
Sydney Urshan
as Officer Conklin
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Critic Reviews for Dragnet

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

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.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

More innocuous than inventive.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Most of the time it's fresh, funny, and surprising.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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).

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Dragnet


Ackroyd does a pretty good impersonation of Jack Webb's Joe Friday, and that's the reason they're throwing this party. Unfortunately, that the character has a problem relating to the real world is not mined sufficiently, and certainly not comedically, which is after all the gist of this thing, or it should've been. Good chemistry with soon-to-be-a-big-star Hanks is not good enough to cover up a sad lack of material. What's left then is a poor memorial for what was once a well loved series. Only Harry Morgan seems aware of this, the look in his eyes the only clue to what pride the series name alone inspired.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


THANK GOD ITS FRIDAY! Classic 80's comedy with Hanks in his silly prime and Aykroyd when he was in everything haha. There are some genius moments of comedy gold in this film that just elevate it, its much like the 'Starsky n Hutch' or 'The Dukes of Hazzard' remakes in which they sent up the original somewhat but keep it close to its original format in terms of concepts. Its really underrated and overlooked frankly, the pairing of Hanks n Aykroyd is fantastic, Aykroyd being so so funny as a stuck up jobsworth and Hanks is perfect in a slick laidback role much like his other 80's characters. Its all very cheesy but there's some good action in here, nice soundtrack and excellent cast, wish they made em like this still hehe.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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