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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 27, 1998
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.77
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - French
- Dolby Digital 3.0 - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Film Highlights
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
- Cast & Filmmakers' Biographies
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul & Dabney Coleman|
|Performer:||Jack O'Halloran, Elizabeth Ashley, Kathleen Freeman, Lenka Peterson & Bruce Gray|
|Directed by||Tom Mankiewicz|
|Edited by||William D. Gordean & Richard Halsey|
|Screenwriting by||Dan Aykroyd, Alan Zweibel & Tom Mankiewicz|
|Composition by||Ira Newborn|
|Produced by||David Permut & Robert K. Weiss|
|Director of Photography:||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Executive Production by||Bernie Brillstein|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"How could Jerry Caesar build a modern Gomorrah smack in the city where they recorded 'We Are the World''"
- Sergeant Friday (Dan Aykroyd)
Entertaining enough, but a pity they didn't draft in more of the Eisenhower context. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- 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).
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
Newhouse News Service
The update carries only a surface resemblance to its television ancestor; the rest is more reminiscent of the comic-book world of Batman, Robin and Superman. Full Review
United Press International
...Aykroyd hilariously establishes his stern and no-nonsense persona....[Aykroyd and Hanks] give the film a vitality...
Rating: 3/4 -- It's fun a lot of the time. Several individual shots are hilarious. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/5 -- At one time, maybe Dan Aykroyd's accelerated, authoritative jibber-jabber caroming off Tom Hanks' loud wailing was enough. But today, "Dragnet" feels pokey next to the peers of based-on-TV-series sorta-parodies it helped inspire. Full Review
The Film Yap
A seemingly squeaky clean television reverend and a porno magazine king are suspected of operating a crime-ridden cult. It's up to Joe Friday's nephew and his "hip" partner to prove these allegations, with just the facts.
A parody of the famous TV series, starring Dan Aykroyd as the nephew of LA's most upstanding cop. The new Sergeant Friday tries valiantly to continue his uncle's untiring quest for law and order -- with an emphasis on order. But with wacky hipster Pep Streebek for a partner, that's not so easy. When the mismatched twosome try to crack a case involving a crazed TV evangelist and a slimy porn mogul, law and disorder is the name of the game.
- Color by Deluxe.
- Based on the 1950s TV series of the same name starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan.