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Dan Aykroyd must have practiced for months to perfect his Jack Webb inflections for Dragnet. Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz's directorial debut (also written by Mankiewicz, along with Aykroyd, and Alan Zweibel) is a gentle spoof of the legendary '50s television police drama -- pitting '50s conservatism smack up against the attitudes of the '80s. Basically, the film is another Alan Zweibel or Alan Zweibel clone. Aykroyd stars as Joe Friday, the nephew of the original Friday. But with his brown suit, fedora, and lockjaw, he could just as well be the incarnation of Jack Webb. He is involuntarily assigned a smart alecky, street-wise partner, Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks), and they are appointed to investigate a series of religious cult murders in L.A. The two cops follow the trail to a phony televangelist, the Reverend Jonathan Whirley (Christopher Plummer). From there, they are only at step away from uncovering an Orange County-based religious cult calling itself P.A.G.A.N. (People Against Goodness and Normalcy). After sneaking into a secret ceremony, Friday falls in love with the sacrificial victim Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul). So much so that even after his superior Captain Gannon (Harry Morgan, reprising his role from the '60s revival of the Dragnet program) orders him off the case, Friday continues on, with the requisite car chases and crashes that usually climax any '80s cop movie or comedy. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 26, 1987


Dan Aykroyd
as Sgt. Joe Friday
Tom Hanks
as Pep Streebek
Christopher Plummer
as Rev. Jonathan Whirley
Harry Morgan
as Capt. Bill Gannon
Alexandra Paul
as Connie Swail
Elizabeth Ashley
as Police Commissioner Jane Kirkpatrick
Jack O'Halloran
as Emil Muzz
Dabney Coleman
as Jerry Caesar
Bruce Gray
as Mayor Parvin
Sydney Urshan
as Officer Conklin
Bill Wittman
as Narrator
Maurice Marsac
as Maitre d'
Ava Fabian
as Baitmate
Donald Craig
as Announcer
Gray Daniels
as Crewman #1
Ray Sharkey
as Drug Pagan
Ruben Garfias
as Tough #2
Fred Asparagus
as Tito Provencal
Gary Lee Davis
as Leggings Pagan
Lisa Aliff
as April
Chester Grimes
as Pagan
Meg Wyllie
as Mrs. Gannon
Bert Hinchman
as Night Watchman
Josh Cruze
as Police Officer
Kimberly Foster
as Betsy Blees
Julia Jennings
as Sylvia Wiss
Casey Sander
as Phoney Cop #1
D.D. Howard
as Officer Robin Gilbert
Dona Speir
as Baitmate
Peter Aykroyd
as Phoney Cop #2
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as Caterer Pagan
Sandra Eng
as TV Reporter
Margaret Lenzey
as Baitmate
Lisa London
as 1982 Redhead
Lenka Peterson
as Granny Mundy
Jim Boeke
as Nectar Pagan
Kathleen Freeman
as Enid Borden
Stuart Quan
as Tough #3
Christopher Mankiewicz
as White Coat


Tom Mankiewicz
Bernie Brillstein
Robert Weiss
David Permut
Alan Zweibel
Tom Mankiewicz
Dan Aykroyd
Matthew Leonetti
Ira Newborn
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Halsey
Frank Richwood
Art Director
Don Zepfel
Associate Producer
Bernie Brillstein
Executive Producer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
David Sosna
First Assistant Director
Kevin Marcy
Production Assistant