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K-9 (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 28 April 1989 (USA)
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To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

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Rod Daniel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Dooley (as James Belushi)
Mel Harris ... Tracy
Kevin Tighe ... Lyman
Ed O'Neill ... Brannigan
Rando ... Jerry Lee
James Handy ... Byers
Daniel Davis ... Halstead
Cotter Smith ... Gilliam
John Snyder ... Freddie
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Benny the Mule
Sherman Howard ... Dillon
Jeff Allin ... Chad
David Haskell David Haskell ... Doctor
Alan Blumenfeld ... Rental Salesman
William Sadler ... Salesman Don (as Bill Sadler)
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Storyline

The extravagant cop Michael Dooley needs some help to fight a drug dealer who has tried to kill him. A "friend" gives him a dog named Jerry Lee, who has been trained to smell drugs. With his help, Dooley sets out to put his enemy behind the bars, but Jerry Lee has a personality of his own and works only when he wants to. On the other hand, the dog is quite good at destroying Dooley's car, house and sex-life... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Meet the two toughest cops in town. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

K-nino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,247,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,247,647
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the dinner party given by the gangster, there is a butler walking across a room behind a doorway. The butler was Michael J.R. Gill who was working with the catering staff hired for the film. After the filming, he actually served the food used in the scene to the cast and crew. Gill was not an actor, but was actually a real English butler and for seven years was butler to British actor Laurence Harvey, prior to his death. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry Lee pulls the mirror off Dooley's car, Dooley berates him for damaging his "classic, '65 Mustang". Dooley's car is, in fact, a not so classic, '66 Mustang. See more »

Quotes

Brannigan: You think you got problems? I gotta to take my wife and kids on vacation. I've got a plane to catch in 3 hours.
Dooley: Plane? You said plane?
Brannigan: But I ain't gonna catch the plane because I gotta wait here for the SWAT team.
Dooley: Can I have the dog if I get you on the plane? You're airborne, you're airborne!
Brannigan: I'll tell you what, you get me on the plane and you can marry the goddamn dog!
Dooley: You got it!
Brannigan: Goddamn lunatic!
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Crazy Credits

Jerry Lee is played by Rando, not Jerry Lee, as credited at the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version was cut by 21 secs to secure a "12" rating and removed descriptions of a "Colombian Necktie". The 15 rated video version was uncut and the 12 rated DVD is also intact. See more »

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Soundtracks

IKO IKO
Written by Barbara Ann Hawkins (as Hawkins), Joe Jones (as Jones), Rosa Lee Hawkins (as Hawkins),
Marilyn Jones (as Johnson), Sharon Jones (as Jones) and Jessie Thomas (as Thomas)
Performed by Amy Holland
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Buddy movie about a special couple , a cop and his dog .
5 January 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture talks about James Belushi a quirky policeman who develops lonely his mission with the aim to track down an important drug peddler (Kevin Thige). The police chief (James Handy) assigns him as couple , a hound dog (Jerry Lee was played by Rando, a 3-year-old German Shepherd from West Germany and trained for 3 months) . They will have to confront deal of dangers while his fiancée (Mel Harris) is abducted .

The motion picture is a particular buddy movie because the starring are one person and one dog , the comedy and giggles regarding both of them are interminable . Over 40 dogs were considered but none of the American German Shepherds were deemed suitable . A year-long search was held to find the right dog for the role . The dog chosen , Rando , learned to understand commands in English . There's a previous picture concerning to similar theme upon policeman-dog relationship : ¨Turner and Hooch¨ , both of them are similar , though I think the best results to be the film featured by Tom Hanks.

The flick blends humor , action-packed , car pursuits , tongue-in-cheek , it's amusing but there are moments that is a little boring but when the dog appears is enough bemusing . The film obtained success at the box office ; however , ten years later , the same starring James Belushi and the dog (or different dog because had deceased) made a second part what failed and was direct-to-video . Subsequently had a third part that was another flop . The flick will appeal to action comedy buffs and dog lovers. Rating : Average 5'5/10


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