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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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Be a police officer. All you do is join the farce. See more »

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Policijska akademija  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,570,007 (USA) (25 March 1984)

Gross:

$81,198,894 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Guttenberg mentions in his biography, "The Guttenberg Bible", that Donovan Scott filmed home-movies during filming. According to Guttenberg, there is a "very funny, touching, and unreleased documentary that he made of the shoot". See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) Obvious stuntwoman when Mrs. Fackler is jumping the fences and diving into the pool when chasing after her husband's car at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Magic Moments
Written by Burt Bacharach (uncredited) and Hal David (uncredited)
Performed by Jon Joyce and Amanda Bennett
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Guilty pleasure!
5 April 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't know what got to me. This evening, I went to the video store and got this one. I first saw it back in the 80's. Now let's not go nuts and call this the best comedy of all times. But it's still a pretty decent one (or indecent if you prefer!). The movie is generally funny, the characters are likable, and it's filmed in Toronto! I was surprised to realize that with the first scene showing the Toronto skyline. Some scenes are very funny, especially the one with George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Ah! the podium scene! So funny! Pea-brain humor, but good pea-brain humor!

Out of 100, I gave it 71. That's good for ** out of ****.

Seen in Toronto, on April 5th, 2003.


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