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
Before Composer Robert Folk was hired. The filmmakers initially wanted Elmer Bernstein to write the film's score. Bernstein was at the time of the making of this movie quite well known for scoring comedy such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), Airplane! (1980) and Stripes (1981), amongst others. See more »
The handgun range they're learning on is outdoors, with targets at 25 meters/yards. In reality trainee police officers learn on an indoor range, with targets initially set at 10 yards, then increasing to 15 then 25 yards as they become more proficient with their weapons. It's only after they're proficient with their weapons that they move outdoors, to add environmental effects (wind, sun glare, etc) for the officers to compensate for. See more »
On March 4th of this year...
...newly elected Mayor Mary Sue Beal announced that she was changing the hiring practices of this city's police force.
No longer would height, weight, sex, education, or physical strength be used to keep new recruits out of the Metropolitan Police Academy.
Hundreds of people who never dreamed of becoming police officers signed up immediately.
Naturally, the police completely freaked.
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The movie's opening titles lights up white via the sound of a thunderclap. See more »
NBC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »
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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