Dragnet

1987, Comedy, 1h 46m

35 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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

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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.

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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
Lenka Peterson
Granny Mundy
Dan Aykroyd
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Alan Zweibel
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Tom Mankiewicz
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Bernie Brillstein
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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (17)

  • 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…
  • This is the only review of it you'll read that resists the temptation to open by quoting the naggingly insistent Dragnet motif of "Dum-de-dum-dum." There's just nothing dumb about this agreeably lightweight spoof.

    November 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A deadpan Aykroyd is perfectly cast, and it's always nice to revisit Hanks back when he was loose, limber, and eager-to-please.

    December 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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