Published August 7, 2021


Film info

  • Title Dragnet
  • Director Tom Mankiewicz
  • Year 1987
  • Run time 1hr 36m
  • Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
  • Tagline Just the facts

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.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:56 I just can’t imagine the need for a drive-through donut shop.
6:38 Policeman to goat farmer is quite the change.
10:08 “Take me, take me, I want to live on damn cement.”
17:34 Is that all that separates us from animals? Cutlery and urge control?
21:53 The capital of depravaty! Burn!
25:16 Tom Hanks has legit yo-yo skills.
29:04 They crashed into Baywatch!
34:49 Goat leggings?
43:51 No way could Tom Hanks be the third wheel!
50:50 “My hat was in that car.”
55:49 Milk!
57:40 TV on his watch? We don’t even have that now!
1:07:33 He really is lacking something in the way of evidence.
1:13:23 Burger phone is epic.
1:23:20 “Friendships start with first names.”
1:29:45 Oh no, the pink piano got shot!
1:38:29 I don’t know for sure, but LAPD can’t have a fighter jet.
1:43:34 Oh no, they’re rapping. That’s an error.


It’s pretty much exactly what I was expecting - odd, occasionally funny, very dated, with Tom Hanks stealing the show as per usual. I didn’t realised Dragnet had this whole history, lots of TV shows and adaptations and remakes. It wouldn’t have affected the viewing of this but equally, watching this didn’t particularly make me want to seek any of them out, which isn’t a good sign.

Also, the opening credits were too long and the closing credits were such a no-no.

Rating: 2 / 5

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