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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Harris (as G. W. Bailey)
Andrew Rubin ...
Michael Winslow ...
Bruce Mahler ...
Scott Thomson ...
Brant von Hoffman ...
Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)


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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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Policijska akademija  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


$81,200,000 (USA)

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David Graf had to choose between working on this film or Richard Benjamin's more critically acclaimed Racing with the Moon (1984). When David initially read the Police Academy script, he thought, "What trash." For three days, he sat and looked at the two scripts. Then, when Warner Brothers made him the offer, Graf said he knew which film was going to make money. See more »


(at around 20 mins) Straight after getting buzzed, Blankes has no sideburns/level with top of ears and brutally/stupidly shaped behind the ears. When Lt. Harris compliments them on their haircuts, Blankes has sideburns and his neck fringe is quite a bit longer. See more »


Cadet Leslie Barbara: [after Hightower has been thrown out of the Academy] Of all the guys who I thought were gonna make it, Hightower was the one. I mean, if all the cops looked like him there'd be no crime at all.
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Bloody Good Fun
28 January 2005 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A Group of Wannabe's and a Doesn't Wannabe, Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) Join the Police Academy in the hope of becoming respected members of the Police Force.

There's a problem, they are with out doubt the worst bunch of wannabe's the police academy has ever seen and Carey just can't wait to get kicked out, only being there because it was the only way he could avoid jail.

Some Truly Funny Moments and lots of memorable characters, this film is a bloody good romp, that should be enjoyed by most people.

Too bad the sequels generally sucked big time!


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