Dragnet 1987

Dragnet

Critics 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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No-nonsense Los Angeles detective Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) is partnered with the wisecracking Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks), a hip upstart cop, and the mismatched duo is ordered to investigate a strange series of ritual killings. Though Friday and Pep do their share of quarreling, they eventually trace the clues to an ominous cult, and the officers interrupt a violent ceremony. Friday then begins a romance with near-victim Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul), but it could hinder his police work.

Cast & Crew

Dan Aykroyd
Sgt. Joe Friday
Tom Hanks
Det. Pep Streebek
Christopher Plummer
Reverend Jonathan Whirley
Harry Morgan
Captain Bill Gannon
Alexandra Paul
Connie Swail
Elizabeth Ashley
Jane Kirkpatrick
Dabney Coleman
Jerry Caesar
Bruce Gray
Mayor Parvin
Dan Aykroyd
Screenwriter
Alan Zweibel
Screenwriter
Tom Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Bernie Brillstein
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Dragnet

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for Dragnet

  • Aug 03, 2016
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2015
    Joe Friday is on the case in the buddy cop comedy Dragnet. Adapted from the '50s television show, straight-laced LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday is teamed up with a free-spirited partner and is tasked with investigating a series of robberies by a crime gang calling themselves the P.A.G.A.N.s. Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks make a good comedy duo and deliver solid performances. And, the film does a nice job at homaging the original show while keeping to a modern setting. However, the plot is pretty ridiculous and the villain is extremely cartoonish. Dragnet has some nostalgic charm to it, but overall it ends up being a rather mediocre slapstick comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    a funny spoof movie that we will get kick out of it. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2011
    Why Mankiewicz?, Why Leonard?, Why Ackroyd?, Why Zweibel?, Why Dragnet is not so good?
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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