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Police Academy -- The film that started it all, a wickedly offbeat look at law, disorder and justice. Starring Steve Guttenberg, George Gaynes and Kim Cattrall.


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Release Date:
23 March 1984 (USA) See more »
Be a police officer. All you do is join the farce. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Guttenberg ... Carey Mahoney

Kim Cattrall ... Karen Thompson

G.W. Bailey ... Lt. Harris (as G. W. Bailey)

Bubba Smith ... Moses Hightower

Donovan Scott ... Leslie Barbara

George Gaynes ... Commandant Lassard
Andrew Rubin ... George Martín

David Graf ... Tackleberry

Leslie Easterbrook ... Sgt. Callahan
Michael Winslow ... Larvell Jones

Debralee Scott ... Mrs. Fackler
Bruce Mahler ... Doug Fackler

Ted Ross ... Captain Reed
Scott Thomson ... Chad Copeland
Brant von Hoffman ... Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)

Marion Ramsey ... Laverne Hooks

Georgina Spelvin ... Hooker

Doug Lennox ... Main Bad Guy

George R. Robertson ... Chief Hurnst

Don Lake ... Mr. Wig
Bill Lynn ... Parking Lot Manager
Michael J. Reynolds ... Office Executive
Joyce Gordon ... Mrs. Thompson
Don Payne ... Barber
Bruce McFee ... Supply Clerk
Beth Amos ... Little Old Lady
Araby Lockhart ... Mrs. Lassard
Barry Greene ... Cadet with Hat

Gary Farmer ... Sidewalk Store Owner
Josef Field ... Blue Oyster Dancer
Gary Colwell ... Blue Oyster Dancer
James Bearden ... Driver (as Jim Bearden)
Fred Brigham ... Street Punk

Marco Bianco ... Tough
Ted Hanlan ... Tough
F. Braun McAsh ... Tough (as Braun McAsh)
Rob Watson ... Tough
Roger Dunn ... Booking Sergeant
Wally Bondarenko ... Officer
J. Winston Carroll ... Officer

David Clement ... Officer
George E. Zeeman ... Officer (as George Zeeman)
Gino Marrocco ... Arresting Cop
Gene Mack ... Street Thug
Bob Collins ... Drill Instructor
Danny Pawlick ... Pool Hall Man
Ruth Sisberg ... Mayor
Peter Cox ... Bar Patron

Danny Lima ... Bar Patron
Dwayne McLean ... Bar Patron
Brent Meyer ... Bar Patron
Carole Alderson ... Martín's Lady
Suzanne Barker ... Martín's Lady
Kimberley Boorman ... Martín's Lady
Jayne Broughton ... Martín's Lady
Julie McLeod ... Martín's Lady
Karen Robyn ... Martín's Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Anthony ... Policeman Cadet (uncredited)
James D. Brown ... Hippie Recruit with Sunglasses (uncredited)

Charles Woods Gray ... Weird Waiter (uncredited)
Kay Hawtrey ... Surprise Party Lady (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... Menacing Thug in Plaid (uncredited)

T.J. Scott ... Tough (uncredited)

Hugh Wilson ... Angry Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Wilson 
Writing credits
Neal Israel (screenplay) &
Pat Proft (screenplay) and
Hugh Wilson (screenplay)

Neal Israel (story) &
Pat Proft (story)

Produced by
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Alan Ladd Jr. .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Robert Folk 
Cinematography by
Michael D. Margulies (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
Zach Staenberg 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
Christopher Ryan 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Production Management
James Margellos .... production manager (as Jim Margellos)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Flower .... second assistant director
Rocco Gismondi .... second assistant director
Allan Harmon .... second assistant director
Michael Zenon .... first assistant director
Art Department
Guenter Bartlik .... scenic artist
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... property master (as John Berger)
Chris Biden .... property assistant
Neil Grocutt .... construction supervisor
I.R. McEune .... head painter (as I. R. McEune)
Paul Theodore .... head carpenter
Serge Genitempo .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul B. Clay .... adr editor (as Paul Clay)
John M. Colwell .... sound editor (as John Colwell)
Alan Holly .... adr mixer
Alan Holly .... foley mixer
William Hooper .... sound editor
Anthony Ippolito .... supervising sound editor
Dave Kulczycki .... assistant sound editor (as David Kulczycki)
David Lee .... production sound mixer
Don MacDougall .... rerecording mixer
John L. Mack .... rerecording mixer (as John Mack)
Stanley Paul .... sound editor (as Stan Paul)
Robert R. Rutledge .... foley editor (as Bob Rutledge)
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Richard Tyler .... rerecording mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ron Scelza .... sound: second unit (uncredited)
Don White .... adr recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gene Grigg .... special effects consultant
Roger Hansen .... special effects
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects (as Neil Trifunovich)
Buzz Bundy .... stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
Debbie Kirby .... stunts (as Debra Kirby)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts (as Julius Leflor)
Denver Mattson .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Angelo Reno .... stunts
Wink Roberts .... stunts
Dar Robinson .... stunts
Celia Bond .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Lima .... stunts (uncredited)
Branko Racki .... stunts (uncredited)
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts (uncredited)
Todd Schroeder .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Eldridge .... best boy
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Glen Goodchild .... best boy
Chris Holmes .... gaffer
Peter Luxford .... camera operator
Joachim Martin .... assistant camera
Robert Saad .... additional photography
Shin Sugino .... still photographer
Pat Williams .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Kemp .... wardrobe (as Lynda Kemp)
Larry S. Wells .... wardrobe (as Larry Wells)
SJ Teasdale .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Howard Heard .... assistant film editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
Ben Williams .... apprentice film editor
Terry Kelley .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Michael Brownstone .... location manager
Music Department
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Paula Spang .... music coordinator
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Craig S. Kohne .... driver captain (as Craig Kohne)
Other crew
Benita Allen .... production assistant
Penelope Hynam .... script supervisor
Patricia Johnson .... publicist
Christopher Kroll .... production assistant
Ron Kurelo .... police and weapons training
Suzanne Lore .... production coordinator
Andrea Poulis .... production secretary
Rocky Thompson .... police and weapons training
Donald L. West .... production accountant (as Don West)
Curtis Carlin .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Lyn Lucibello .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Finland:K-12 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1984) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Germany:16 (DVD and Blu-ray version) (uncut) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:M | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:7 (re-rating) (2004) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (#27106) | USA:TV-PG (S) (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (theatrical and VHS version)

Did You Know?

(at around 11 mins) Fackler's wife riding the hood of her spouse's car, to prohibit him from joining the police academy, (with Mrs. Fackler ultimately catapulted with an abrupt stop) was the start of a comedic tradition with the film series: The Parody On A Parody. Like so many gags, this one would be "recycled" for Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986): Now, with Fackler riding the hood of his car to prevent Mrs. Fackler from joining the Force; complete with the couple being spotted from the interior of a limousine.See more »
Continuity: (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 »
Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris:[Mahoney and Blankes are in Lt.Harris' office due to Barbara throwing the first punch at Copeland via lunch tray. Harris is cleaning his stick] Who threw the first punch? That's all I want to know.
Cadet Kyle Blankes:[before Mahoney can answer] Barbara did.
Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris:Barbara?
Cadet Kyle Blankes:That's right.
Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris:Then he's out of here. Him and his queer dog.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Remote Control (1988)See more »
She's in My CornerSee more »


What is the tango music played in the Blue Oyster Bar?
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40 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
This shows that movies can be stupid and funny at the same time., 29 September 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Okay, so "Police Academy" is probably the ultimate manifestation of the word "witless". But it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: nice, silly fun. The plot basically has a series of goof-off misfits enrolling in the police force and turning it topsy-turvy. Steve Guttenberg, as Cadet Carey Mahoney, may have to remember this as his peak in movies, and he does a pretty good job here.

Anyway, the movie is pretty much an excuse to be silly. And they do just that. With hilarious one-liners and one gag after another, you won't be disappointed. Of course, I advise you not to watch it if you're the type who only wants to see "important" movies.

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