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Moving Violations (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  19 April 1985 (USA)
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The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Murray ...
Dana Cannon
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Amy Hopkins
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Deputy Halik
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Scott Greeber
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Wink Barnes
Clara Peller ...
Emma Jean
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Joan Pudillo
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Mrs. Loretta Houk
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Terrence 'Doc' Williams
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Deputy Virginia Morris
Nadine Van der Velde ...
Stephanie McCarty
Ben Mittleman ...
Spencer Popadophalos
Victor Campos ...
Raoul Bienveneda
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Jeff Roth (as Willard Pugh)
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Judge Nedra Henderson
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A group of careless and unlucky drivers are sentenced to attend traffic school to keep their records clean. Mistreated by inept and cruel police instructors, a smart-alecky teen leads the group in revenge against their tormentors. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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19 April 1985 (USA)  »

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Akademia ruchu  »

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$10,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The Doberman Pinschers used in the impound yard scenes were actually very gentle dogs who demonstrated false tenacity on cue. See more »

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During the scene when the officers are smashing up the chief's personal car, the scene begins with an overcast sky and by the end of the scene it is very sunny. See more »

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[Upon seeing the wrecked track, caused by Scott and rigged by Halik, the class automatically fails the course; The class walks from the course feeling devastated]
Spencer Popadophalos: We didn't do so hot.
Dana Cannon: How about "We all failed"?
Joan Pudillo: My God, we're never gonna drive again.
Scott Greeber: I don't believe it.
Jeff Roth: That's it. My Dad's coming back in town tomorrow. I'm dead
[Halik and Morris approaches]
Deputy Halik: Too bad. Tough break. If I were you, I'd get used to public transportation.
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Bad Film To Love
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sure why John Murray didn't do more films - he definitely should have, and hopefully he will do some in the future. True, his acting style is similar to his older brother Bill's, but he's individual enough that he coulda made it big. "Moving Violations" is good. Not great, but it was pretty well directed and it's got its strengths. Actually, it made it into theaters only six months after it was written and filmed - if anything, I'd say that they should have gone back and rewritten and polished up a few things. The plot does get stretched a bit thin over the course of the movie...the best parts come in the beginning and middle. The ending is pretty limp and the whole Judge Henderson/Deputy Halik sexcapade and ensuing car chase sequence just gets boring with all the boffo antics. The character of Scott the Puppeteer, played by Brian Backer (Rat of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High") doesn't develop as well as it should have, and the chick who plays his love interest wasn't written well at all - BUT, Backer's star scene near the beginning with the puppet stage rolling down the hill is a total gut-buster. Despite these few problems, there are enough good gags and Murray definitely keeps the movie afloat. Jennifer Tilly is superb as Amy Hopkins the nimrod rocket scientist. James Keach, Wendie Jo Sperber (who had just done "Back to the Future"), Ned Eisenberg, and Nedra Volz all contribute a lot of positive energy, making "Moving Violations" one of those 'so bad, it's good' movies.


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