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January 17, 1988 | Inquirer staff and wire service reviews, compiled by Christopher Cornell
An updated version of a famous TV cop show and an unnerving look at the attitudes of some men toward women are among the latest arrivals at video stores. DRAGNET (1987) (MCA) $89.95. 110 minutes. Just the facts, ma'am: Dragnet is 110 minutes of by-the-book, PG-13 comedy that exceeds neither the speed limit nor the audience's expectations. Dan Aykroyd is tops as statute- spouting flatfoot Friday, with spit-polish on his wingtips and vice-busting on his brain; ditto Tom Hanks as his laid-back partner who thinks vice is, well, nice.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1987 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
(Opening fanfare) DUM-de-dum-dum. The review you are about to read is true. Only the names have been changed, to alert the innocent that this is a new movie and not the old TV show. Just the facts, ma'am? Dragnet is 110 minutes of PG-13, by-the-book comedy that never exceeds the speed limit - or anyone's expectations. As the late Sgt. Joe Friday's namesake nephew, Dan Aykroyd plays the statute-spouting flatfoot with a spit-polish on his wingtips and vice-busting on his brain.
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May 15, 2013
The Obama administration is starting to make extraordinary abuses of power look ordinary. Hard on the heels of the revelation of an IRS crackdown on conservative groups comes news that federal prosecutors orchestrated a roundup of journalists' telephone records, leaving yet another set of federal boot prints on the First Amendment. Any criminal investigation of journalistic activity is a potentially troubling threat to press freedom, but the scope and secrecy of the dragnet at hand make it particularly offensive.
NEWS
July 18, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
Guilty pleasures can be so sweet. CBS's Top Cops, which begins a six-week run tonight (Channel 10 at 10), has no redeeming social value besides unbridled glorification of aggressive, brutish law-enforcement officers. The show gets violent and bloody as cops trade shots with bank robbers on the streets of Manhattan, and lowlifes dump bodies in the East River or blow each other away in grimy men's rooms. And it exploits the very heroes it creates, revealing the officers' vulnerabilities as they recite from impossible scripts and pose stiffly before the TV cameras.
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June 6, 1998 | By Gwen Florio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Two men believed to be involved in the killing of a police officer and the wounding of three others in the sparsely populated Four Corners region of the Southwest apparently slipped through a Utah dragnet of hundreds of police officers yesterday. The search for the men was widened late yesterday in the belief that they might have escaped by boat down the San Juan River toward Lake Powell, on the Utah-Arizona border. Authorities identified the men as Alan "Monte" Pilon, 30, of Dove Creek, Colo.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
If you've seen the Dan Aykroyd-Tom Hanks "Dragnet," the fellow who plays Emil Muzz, the big and bad enforcer of the P.A.G.A.N.S. ("People Against Goodness and Niceness"), might look familiar. If you read the credits, you'll see that his name is Jack O'Halloran, and if you're an action-movie buff, you'll probably remember that O'Halloran played the big and bad Non in a couple of "Superman" flicks, big and bad Moose Malloy in the Robert Mitchum "Farewell, My Lovely" and characters in a half dozen movies and a string of TV shows that were - you got it - big and bad. But something will seem different.
NEWS
July 13, 1987 | By DAVE BITTAN, Daily News Staff Writer
If you've seen the current movie hit "Dragnet" and want to know about the authenticity of Dan Aykroyd's parody of laconic detective sergeant Joe Friday, check out the episode of the original "Dragnet" radio series airing tonight at 8 on "Radio Classics" over WCAU (AM/1210). The critics say Dan's reading of "just the facts, ma'am" is close to the way Jack Webb said them as Friday for more than 20 years on both radio and television. Webb's was a monosyllabic cop, and Aykroyd learned the technique by listening to recordings of the character.
NEWS
June 26, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
"Dragnet," a comedy starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks, Christopher Plummer, Dabney Coleman and Harry Morgan. Directed by Tom Mankiewicz. Screenplay by Dan Aykroyd, Tom Mankiewicz and Alan Zweibel. Running time: 103 minutes. A Universal release. At area theaters. First "The Untouchables. " Now "Dragnet. " There's only one old cop-show left that hasn't yet gotten the big-screen treatment: Expect "Adam-12: The Movie" to arrive at your local theater this time next year. Unlike Brian De Palma's "Untouchables," "Dragnet" is a comedy, which is a good thing; it would be hard to say, "Just the facts, ma'am," with a straight face.
NEWS
September 8, 1986 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
The Daily News, through its Dragnet program, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Norman Schall, a 20-year-old who was looking forward to resuming college after working for a year. Schall was struck by a shotgun blast shortly after 4 a.m. July 31 in the vestibule of the apartment building on Walnut Street near 47th where he had moved less than a month before. Wounded in the side, he staggered out to the street and died an hour later at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Misericordia Division.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
A cop comedy with a severe case of arrested development, The Naked Gun is a cheerfully vulgar spoof that does for Police Squad! what Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks did for (and to) Dragnet last summer. It turns out that there is parity in police parody, so perhaps we can greet the new entry with a paraphrase of Dragnet's fanfare: Dumb-de-dumb-dumb. When The Naked Gun is parboiling the cliches of the hard-boiled detective and sticking to the conventions of the gumshoe idiom, it's silly and sometimes amusing.
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October 22, 2003 | FOR THE INQUIRER
A woman and nine men were arrested in a weekend-long dragnet that targeted drug dealers in Camden City, authorities said yesterday. The effort, part of a campaign to improve the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods, was conducted by the Camden Anti-Crime Partnership, which comprises state troopers, Camden police, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said Sgt. Kevin Rehmann of the state police. All of the suspects remain in the Camden County Jail. Friday night, troopers confiscated 59 bags of crack cocaine, valued at $590, and $530 in cash from Carlos Carabello, 21, of Voorhees.
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December 14, 2000 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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August 5, 2000 | by Mark Angeles, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Lisa Helem contributed to this report
The alleged killer of a 5-year-old Hunting Park girl may have been lounging on the front steps of her home the day she disappeared, a family friend said. Police and the FBI yesterday launched a nationwide search for a mysterious boxcar transient with whom the little girl was seen before she vanished. Iriana "Nena" DeJesus was found Thursday in an apartment above a vacant store just a block from her home. Her decomposed body was partially wrapped in a garbage bag and she was still clad in the shirt she was wearing on the night she was snatched, police and family members said.
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June 30, 2000 | By John Way Jennings and Angela Valdez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Two men bungled an attempt to rob an Evesham bank yesterday, but were able to elude a dragnet that included FBI agents, a helicopter, dogs, and scores of police from several towns, authorities said. About 9:20 a.m., two men in their 20s approached a manager at the Mellon Bank in the Greentree Shopping Center on Route 73 and asked about opening a business account, said James Doherty, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Trenton. One of the robbers was wearing gold wire-framed glasses and was neatly dressed in a blue blazer and slacks, witnesses said.
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