The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon – Dragnet (1987)

This is my first of 4 submissions for the The Cops Blogathon being run by J-Dub over at Dubism

Tnx for letting me take part!

“[Joe Friday arrives] Thank God, it’s Friday!” – Pep Streebeck

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (Theater in ’87, cable and 14 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two mismatched LAPD detectives must try and solve a case involving a secret society trying to undermine the system.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when it came out and a few subsequent times on cable.

The movie is fun yet extremely wacky in the way that it tries to satirize the original TV series this film is paying homage to.

The choice to have this film have a nearly non-existent plot strung together by some fun jokes doesn’t work well enough even if some of the jokes are quite funny.

The story is completely absurd and makes very little sense.

Dan Aykroyd is great in the lead role here and manages to mimic the mannerisms of the original Dragnet TV series and main character Joe Friday.

Tom Hanks is a great actor but seems lost in his role here.

He and Aykroyd have terrible chemistry together which hurts things so much especially since they are meant to be partners trying to work together on the case.

The plot of this film is quite silly and even though parts of the story are slightly reminiscent of the stories from the original TV show, it’s very hard to take things seriously here.

The best thing about this film is the song at the end since it allows us to listen to these two stars rapping together bout crime in LA.

Check it out here:

Bottom Line – Fun yet very wacky film that works one joke at a time since the overall story is just completely absurd. Aykroyd is quite good in the lead role but he and Hanks lack real chemistry for one to believe that they are partners who can work together. The plot itself is pretty silly and although slightly reminiscent of the kind of crimes the detectives tried to solve in the original 60’s TV show, it’s hard to take seriously now. The song at the end is the best part of the movie especially since we get to hear Hanks and Aykroyd rapping together.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The photograph of Captain Gannon’s wife behind his desk is the same photograph as Colonel Potter’s wife in M*A*S*H (1972). Both parts were played by Harry Morgan. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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4 thoughts on “The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon – Dragnet (1987)

  1. Pingback: The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon Is Here! | Dubsism

  2. I think Dan Aykroyd is one of the only people who could pull off a parody of Joe Friday especially since the “real” Friday bordered on self-parody, especially when he launched into one of his famous monologues.


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