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''K-9'' is a 1989 thriller-comedy film starring Creator/JamesBelushi and Mel Harris, and directed by Rod Daniel.

San Diego Police Detective Michael Dooley (Belushi) has a problem: He's been tagged for execution by a major international drug dealer named Lyman. In order to help him put Lyman away for good and thereby save his bacon, Dooley's friend Sergeant Brannigan of the K-9 unit (Creator/EdONeill) gives him a drug-sniffing police dog named Jerry Lee (played by a [[CastTheExpert real-life police dog]] named Koton), with whose aid Dooley attempts to put Lyman in prison for good. Now Dooley has another problem: Jerry Lee is a DeadpanSnarker with a mind of his own.

''K-9'' received mixed reviews and was followed by two direct-to-video sequels, ''K-911'' and ''K-9: P.I.''

Not to be confused with the occasional robotic companion of ''Series/DoctorWho'', nor with said tin dog's [[Series/{{K9}} eponymous spinoff series]].
!!This movie provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: When Kevin Tighe's BigBad is holding a female character at gunpoint. He has a line that goes "After after I shoot her I'm going to call Rampart and ask to start a IV of Ringers". Obvious ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' reference.
* TheCameo: The bystanders at the SWAT standoff [[TakeThatUs heckling and insulting the cops]] were played by the real SDPD K-9 officers who advised the production.
* CowboyCop: Dooley doesn't like to play by rules. Roughen up suspects? Yep. Hijack the police car after being arrested? Typical for him.
* DamselInDistress: The only role for Tracey in the movie, it seems, is to be kidnapped.
* FakingTheDead: Dooley thinks that Jerry Lee died in surgery, and makes a [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove heartfelt apology]] for having been such a {{Jerkass}]. Jerry Lee lifts his head each time Dooley turns his back, then plays dead when he turns around. It's a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming until the doctor walks in and tells Dooley that the dog is alive ''and'' awake. Then it becomes a CrowningMomentOfFunny when he turns around and mutters, "You ''asshole''!"
* GroinAttack: Threatened. Tough guys tend to get ''real'' chatty when they have their junk in a police dog's jaws.
** Dooley gets one himself after he forcefully kisses a girl on the beach to keep drug dealers from noticing him.
* HollywoodCalifornia: Zig-zagged. The movie takes place in San Diego and was filmed there. The city does get a fairly glamorous presentation, but it's notable since Hollywood usually likes to pretend that San Diego (a major city much larger than San Francisco with a much longer and deeper history than Los Angeles) doesn't exist.
* JerkassHasAPoint: When Dooley's girlfriend Tracey is kidnapped, the captain points out that it was Dooley's "seat of the pants bullshit" that got Tracey involved in the first place. At the very least, the stunts Dooley pulled to antagonize Lyman at every turn, such as holding him and his guests at gunpoint during a dinner party, didn't help.
* OhCrap: The thugs in the bar throw a cue ball at Jerry Lee to scare him off. He catches it. ''And crushes it with his teeth''.
* OpenHeartDentistry: Towards the end of the movie, Jerry Lee is shot, and Dooley takes him into a human emergency room for treatment. The surgeon initially refuses to operate, until Dooley threatens to shoot him if he doesn't.
* PeriodPiece: Khaki uniforms and all-white police cruisers. SDPD switched to dark blue uniforms and black&whites in 1991.
* ShoutOut: Dooley is in the middle of getting his ass kicked by some gang members in a bar when Jerry Lee walks in and starts growling. Dooley introduces him as [[Creator/JerryLeeLewis "Officer Lewis"]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Double subverted by Lyman. He intimidates Freddie and it seems he's going to kill him, until he pulls the trigger and it's revealed that the gun is actually a water squirter. Then he pulls out a ''real'' gun and shoots Freddie.