Release year: 1989
Director: Rod Daniel
Screenwriter: Steven Siegel, Scott Myers
Starring: Jim Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe, Daniel Davis, Ed O’Neill, Pruitt Taylor Vince, William Sadler
After years trying to catch drug lord Lyman (Tighe) red-handed, police officer Michale Dooley (Belushi) decides to get a police dog to help find drugs on his property. After helping at a bust, K-9 sergeant Brannigan (O’Neill) sets him up with the unorthodox Jerry Lee. A temperamental and stubborn German Shepherd playing by its own rules.
K-9 is basically a buddy cop movie, except one of the cops is a dog and despite the action working effortlessly, the best part of the movie is the situations occurring from the clashes between Dooley and his new dog, each as stubborn and wayward as the other. The dog is convincing and Belushi (Red Heat, 1988) brilliant at playing the mad wild card at the police officer. The pace is breezy and the dog cute, perfect for fans of 1980s action comedies.
Jerry Lee was played by Rando, a 3-year-old German Shepherd from West Germany. A year-long search was held to find the right dog for the role. Over 40 dogs were considered but none of the American German Shepherds were deemed suitable. Rando trained for 3 months with Karl Lewis Miller and learned to understand commands in English.
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