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Dragnet (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

4.3 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Harry Morgan, Alexandra Paul
  • Directors: Tom Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Dan Aykroyd, Tom Mankiewicz, Alan Zweibel, Jack Webb
  • Producers: Bernie Brillstein, David Permut, Don Zepfel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 22 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0783229348
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,106 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.


The line between parody and tribute can be hard to draw, but any marginally hip baby boomer who ever watched Jack Webb's straight-laced Detective Joe Friday caught a glimmer of the comedic vein waiting to be mined beneath Dragnet's gritty Los Angeles streets. In 1987 moviegoers had yet to be crushed under the weight of the 1990s TV remake mania, and Dragnet comes off as fresh and funny. Dan Aykroyd plays Joe Friday, the straight-arrow nephew of Webb's iconic cop. This part was made for him (in fact, he's given top writing credit), and under his steely exterior you can tell he's having a ball delivering those rapid-fire recitations of regulations and deadpan expressions of moral outrage. Tom Hanks plays Pep Streebek, the laissez-faire narco agent who is Friday's new partner. Their assignment: bust the Pagans, a wild-and-woolly gang of dope fiends, deadbeats, and beatniks behind a bewildering array of bizarre robberies. Hilarity ensues. Friday and Streebek outfox a corrupt televangelist (Christopher Plummer), bicker over chili dogs and cigarettes, alternately revile and fawn over a porn millionaire (Dabney Coleman), wrestle a 30-foot-long anaconda, and rescue the virgin Connie Swail--the only girl capable of stealing Friday's heart. --Grant Balfour --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By B.L on July 29 2012
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This collection is worth the buy for 'the burbs' alone. Hanks and Ducommun are absolutely hysterical.

Im sure everyone else has given the plot so I'll tell you what you havent heard yet. If you're a huge fan of seinfeld and king of the hill this movie is perfect for you. Hanks is somewhat a mix of George and Hank hill, and Bruce Dern is the funniest mix of Kramer and Dale gribble (yes you read that right, a mix of dale Gribble and Kramer) if you can imagine that. There are also scenes in this movie in which every single line is an entire seinfeld conversation, its almost like this film inspired an entire new era of comedy.

Overall everything about this movie is perfect, even the few cheesy camera shots. Easily re-watchable for ages.
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Any fan of Dan Akroyd's or Tom Hank's style comedy will love it. Anyone that likes movies like "Beverly Hills Cop", "Police Academy", or "Naked Gun" should like it. Even fans of serious police movies or shows will probably get a kick out of it.

Joe Friday, played by Dan Akroyd, is serious about his work, even if his partner Pep Streebek, played by Tom Hanks, is not. Akroyd does a great job of emulating the original Dragnet Friday's inflections and no nonsense style. A cameo by Harry Morgan is fitting since he played in the original TV show.

The duo must uncover the leadership and plans of a satanic cult that is playing havoc with the city of Los Angeles. In their search they encounter a smut magazine king, a religious leader, the mayor, and a bevy of pin-up girls. Several sight gags and Akroyd's performance make this DVD worth owning.

Not much in the extras department. It would have been better if it included a making of feature and/or commentary by Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks. I would have given it four stars then.
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"Dragnet" is one of those movies I never got sick of as a kid, although it did take some growing up for me to get some of the more adult jokes ("Oh thank God...vibrator repair??"). Today, I still enjoy the hilarious banter between Dan Aykroyd as clean-cut Joe Friday, and Tom Hanks as "hipster freebird cop" Pep Streebeck. While Aykroyd has always been a comic genius, I think Hanks' slapstick talent has been underrated due to his super dramatic success. He was very funny in this film and other 80s films like "Big" and "The Money Pit."
The reason I don't give "Dragnet" five stars is the story problem. About halfway through, this movie becomes a sappy mess of a love story/kidnapping plot. It shifts focus from Friday and Streebeck trailing a bevy of PAGAN incidents to Joe trying to save the virgin Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul) from the evil Reverend Jonathan Whirley (played with slime by Christopher Plummer). The romance between Joe and Connie is dull, namely because Paul can't act her way out of a paper bag in this film. But Streebeck's antics without his partner, and Plummer's grinchy grin as he attempts dastardly deeds, save the second half from total destruction.
I believe "Dragnet" is not the dud that most critics make it out to be. It has some very funny moments and some witty dialogue. But it doesn't tie the comedy and drama/action together very well. In a way, it's almost like two different movies. One is fantastic and entertaining, while the other is a bit boring.
Don't expect a glitsy DVD with bucketloads of special features. I guess Universal reserves those special editions for "higher caliber" films. But enjoy the laughs anyway. Key moments: Friday and Streebeck go undercover, the officers meet Enid Borden, a trip to the zoo, chasing Emil Muzz, and a visit to the Bait Magazine mansion.
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The formula for laughs in this one is basically the old cliche of basically a good-cop bad-cop(Friday good and Strebek bad) relationship with a bunch of funny twists. Aykroyd is funny as the by-the-book-cop Friday spouting penal code from memory and Hanks is funny as the flashy hip officer that probably never read the book to begin with. That contrast sure is not original(It's black and white, too obvious) but in this case the laughs mount when these two of L.A's finest meet up with the Virgin Connie Swayle, the well respected T.V reverend, and the porn distribution engineer(Long distance pimp). Friday and Strebek are challenged with the task of uncovering the vile scheme of the T.V reverend who wants to both fight the porn industry and control it to his benefit at the same time. The concept is very hilarious but in some parts it drags a bit.(The grandmother scene was not funny.) The way the fight against PAGAN(The reverend's secret cult) ends is the funniest part of the entire movie. The punchline at the end of the movie, like Amazon said in their review, is a combustable laugher.(Not in their words, of course) Trust me, you will laugh harder at that than any other part of this flick.
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By A Customer on Feb. 1 1999
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Anyone who doesn't like this movie is suffering from the mind-altering effects of the pseudohallogenic compound Cyanigin (inside joke: get it?). With Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Christopher Plummer, (don't forget Dabney Coleman!), this movie offers a fun-filled romp through a Playboyesque mansion, a "Milk. Fresh, wholesome milk." factory, and a part of Los Angeles where it's best not to stand on the street corner at 10pm on a school night whistling.
Seriously, though, this is a fun movie. While Aykroyd isn't up to par given his previous role as Dr. Raymond Stanz (late of Columbia University, currently proprieter of Ray's Occult Book Shop) in Ghostbusters ("Does this pole still work?"), he's much better than in some of his others: The Couch Trip, Sneakers, etc.
Christopher Plummer is genius, as always.
For all you law students, this movie offers a good lesson on the First Amendment, with the whole pornography/book burning thing.
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