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K-9

The mismatched-buddy cop picture has literally and perhaps inevitably gone to the dogs, and the only notable thing about K-9 is that it managed to dig up the idiotic premise first.

With:
James Belushi Mel Harris Kevin Tighe Ed O'Neill Jerry Lee James Handy

The mismatched-buddy cop picture has literally and perhaps inevitably gone to the dogs, and the only notable thing about K-9 is that it managed to dig up the idiotic premise first.

Since the black-white pairing in 48HRS., there have been numerous cop film teamings. K-9 has all the trapping of its precedessors: a flimsy plot dealing with the cop (Belushi) trying to break a drug case, an unwanted partner (Jerry Lee, a gifted German shepherd) being foisted on him and a grudging respect that develops between the two during the course of a series of shootouts, brawls and sight gags.

There are a few amazing moments (the dog’s rescue of Belushi in a bar). In between lingers lots of standard action-pic fare, plenty of toothless jokes and some down-right mangy dialog.

K-9

Production: Gordon/Universal. Director Rod Daniel; Producer Lawrence Gordon, Charles Gordon; Screenplay Steven Siegel, Scott Myers; Camera Dean Semler; Editor Lois Freeman-Fox; Music Miles Goodman; Art Director George Costello

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: James Belushi Mel Harris Kevin Tighe Ed O'Neill Jerry Lee James Handy

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