dragnet

“Now let me tell you something, Streebeck. There are two things that clearly differentiate the human species from animals. One, we use cutlery. Two, we’re capable of controlling our sexual urges. Now, you might be an exception, but don’t drag me down into your private Hell,” said Sergent Friday to Streetback.

This movie was a tongue in cheek stab at the TV series that was back in the 1960’s. Jack Webb and Harry Morgan were known as the tough cops to get the job done. In this update we find a more modern take on the city of Los Angeles and its people.

Here is the plot…No-nonsense Los Angeles detective Sgt. Joe Friday (Dan Aykroyd) is partnered with the wisecracking Pep Streebeck (Tom Hanks), a hip upstart cop, and the mismatched duo is ordered to investigate a strange series of ritual killings. Though Friday and Pep do their share of quarreling, they eventually trace the clues to an ominous cult, and the officers interrupt a violent ceremony. Friday then begins a romance with near-victim Connie Swail (Alexandra Paul), but it could hinder his police work.

The movie was directed by Tom Mankiewicz and the score was done by Ira Newborn.

The most interesting thing about the movie is that there were several writers for the screenplay… Dan Aykroyd, Tom Mankiewicz, Jack Webb, Alan Zweibel

I enjoyed this movie, not only for its humor, but also for the homage to the original idea. I think everyone should see this movie for what it is.

You can find the soundtrack at Amazon.

Would you like some clips? Here you go…

Theme song

 

Arrival at Caesar’s Mansion

 

City of Crime

 

Just the Facts

 

Well that’s all for this week, look forward to next week when I bring you…Good Morning Vietnam! Happy Listening!

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