A Canadian sex comedy in the tradition of "Police Academy".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Annear ...
Mike Budowsky
John Canada Terrell ...
Winston Richcliff III
Stephen Osmond ...
Steve Gorman
Alan Deveau ...
Howie Glockstien
Mike MacDonald ...
Captain Magruder
Master Sgt. Stonewall
Annie McAuley ...
Susan (as Lolita David)
Colleen Passard ...
Sgt. Schicklegruber (as Colleen Karney)
Tracey Tanner ...
Jon Mikl Thor ...
Herb Field ...
Drunk Cop
Mayor Bagley
Carolyn Tweedle ...
Mrs. Bagley


Within two weeks, Sgt. Hardbutt has to clean up the crime in the streets before the Governor arrives. Hardbutt is forced to supplement his overworked staff with civilian "recruits" who he schemes to use to a disastrous advantage. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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11 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Locademia de reclutas  »

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Dominique St. Croix was discovered when scriptwriter Charlie Wiener spotted her walking down the street in Toronto. Dominique said, "I was wearing shorts and halter top and sunglasses, and he fell for the look. I never figured in my wildest imagination that something like that would happen. It has opened a lot of doors since." She went immediately for a test video shooting in Toronto, and tape was then taken to producer Maurice Smith. A more formal test shooting was arranged. She and an actor worked briefly together from a script, and she was hired. See more »


Stonewall's sunglasses disappear and reappear between shots when Thunderhead signs up to join the force. See more »


Howie: Howie Gluckstein; break and enter, gross indecency, attempted murder, sexual assault with intent to rape... Do you think they'll put me away for this?
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References 48 Hrs. (1982) See more »


Recruits (Ride Hard, Live Free)
Written by Mike Dolgy (as Mike Stevens) and Curtis Lee
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"This is a police department. Not a summer camp!"
14 July 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Canada's answer to the successful low-brow comedy "Police Academy" is this particularly tactless outing "Recruits". While an obvious low-budget rip, it's still just as stupid, sleazy and infantile (maybe more so) meaning a lot of brainless fun. Can't have it any other way. These types of features aren't meant to be polished art, but instead no-nonsense escapism even if its trash at heart. All I can say there, at least it has heart!

Mayor Bagley is preparing for the Governor to pay a visit to his town with the hope that the agreed highway is approved. To make an impression he gets Police chief McGruder to hire a temporary traffic patrol unit from its local citizens. However McGruder see this as chance to set a plan in motion of screwing everything up, by sabotaging this request by signing up a group of misfits which will surely cause nothing but trouble and shine a bad light on Mayor Bagley on the big day. Why this… well McGruder wants Bagley's job.

It reads very similar to "Police Academy", but while the gags are familiar and fairly lame it's still deliriously charming. Director Rafal (Screwballs 1, 2 & 3) Zielinski (who I just watched his enjoyable comedy "State Park" two weeks back) keeps this fluff buoyantly brash and always on the move with chaotic situations tailored by endless topless nudity or sardonic dialogues. You can't have these type of films without a bouncy soundtrack, and it covers the bases with a rocking title song too. But it's the characters that stand-out, even though the performances are enthusiastically forced. Some recognizable faces stream through; like the delightful Lolita Davidovich, Colleen Passard and a convincing Mike MacDonald as the smarmy McGruder. Outside Tony Travis riot turn as Sergeant Stonewell with his uptight shtick, I found the minor characters of the ragtag group to be the most amusing; Mark Bluntman as Clint… Eastwood… yeah moments involving some sort of identity crisis were rib-tickling. Herb Field as the drunken cop, while subtle it seemed to work and Annie McAuley is transfixing as the lusty blonde nymph… the mayor's daughter. There are able lead turns from Doug Annear, John Canada Terrell, Stephen Osmond and Alan Deveau (who would be known for his roles in the two "Screwballs" films.

Ridiculously entertaining and raunchy goof-ball b-picture.

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