''K-9'' is a 1989 thriller-comedy film starring James Belushi and Mel Harris, and directed by Rod Daniel.
Michael Dooley (Belushi) as 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 Brannigan (Ed O'Neill) gives him a drug-sniffing police dog named Jerry Lee (played by a real-life police dog named Koton), with whose aid Dooley attempts to put Lyman in prison for good. Now Dolley 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 DoctorWho.
!!This movie provides examples of:
* DuelingMovies: Against ''Film/TurnerAndHooch''.
* GroinAttack: Threatened. Tough guys tend to get ''real'' chatty when they have their junk in a police dog's jaws.
* LifeImitatesArt: Towards the end of the movie, Jerry Lee is shot while apprehending a suspect in the attempted murder of a police officer. Two years after the film's release, Koton (who had returned to real police work after the movie) was shot and killed while apprehending a suspect in the attempted murder of a police officer.
* 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.