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Police Academy (1984)

R | | Comedy | 23 March 1984 (USA)
A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.



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The year is 1984 and the mayoress has removed set personal criteria form the requirements to join the police force. No longer is sex, weight, height and orientation a factor. This now allows for an insurgence of people applying. The Police Academy series follows a select group of misfits in their quest to become police men and women. The first film of the series follows these misfits in their time at the Police Academy. The main focus is on a petty criminal called Mahoney. Mahoney is busted for criminal damage and as punishment is forced to go to Police Academy. Mahoney initially feels that this isn't the right place for him and he makes it his mission to be thrown out as he is not allowed to quit. As the classes go by and the training exercises are played out, Mahoney soon realizes that he is actually enjoying the academy and does want to become a police officer. We are also introduced to the gun maniac Tackelberry, the very tall Hightower, voluptuous Callahan, squeaky Hooks, human ... Written by SofaWatch

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Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Policijska akademija  »


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,570,007, 25 March 1984

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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According to Hugh Wilson, the original cut of the film was around two and a half hours long. See more »


(at around 1h 10 mins) When Hightower pushes the car over, you can see the hoist pushing it. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: On March 4th of this year...
Title Card: ...newly elected Mayor Mary Sue Beal announced that she was changing the hiring practices of this city's police force.
Title Card: No longer would height, weight, sex, education, or physical strength be used to keep new recruits out of the Metropolitan Police Academy.
Title Card: Hundreds of people who never dreamed of becoming police officers signed up immediately.
Title Card: Naturally, the police completely freaked.
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Performed by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack
Written by Max Carl and Andrew Kastner
Vocals by Mark Campbell (uncredited)
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Put your mind in neutral and be entertained!
14 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie for relaxing after a hard day at work. It's sheer escapism and good-humoured fun that only requires the watcher to put their mind in neutral, rest their feet, and not think too much.

A lot of the gags are not very original; we've seen most of them before in some other form. But the basic premise of a Police Academy full of misfits provides a novel context.

I've only seen this first movie of the series and don't really have plans to see any of the others. Can't believe they've made ssssssssooooo many sequels.

Too much Police Academy could certainly wear a bit thin, but first time around it's sheer good fun.

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