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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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Hugh Wilson

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Neal Israel (screenplay), Pat Proft (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Carey Mahoney
Kim Cattrall ... Karen Thompson
G.W. Bailey ... Lt. Harris
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)
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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,570,007, 25 March 1984

Gross USA:

$81,198,894
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Bubba Smith was the last cast member to be hired. See more »

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As the giant camera booth hits the water, the top black panel falls off, but is in place again for the next shot. See more »

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[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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Alternate Versions

On the network TV version, NBC, after the cadets are laughing at Lt. Harris about his accident in the horse wagon, there is extra footage. Harris says to the cadets just before graduation "I'm going to cut you. I swear it." After that, Thompson is now not sure of going to the prom with Mahoney. She thinks he has "done enough already" (caused trouble). See more »

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Affirmative Action For Idiots
27 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Police Academy and the subsequent films in the series is a guilty pleasure of mine. The films are puerile, vapid, stupid, gross beyond belief and I laugh my Glutteus Maximus off at them. So apparently did a large part of the American movie going public.

The premise for the film is right at the beginning off screen narration where it is explained to the audience that a mayor's executive order in a quaint metropolitan area has said that the police academy will not discriminate on any grounds. Apparently that also includes intelligence as well. So we find that a whole lot of people are now applying to be cops.

What a class they are too. They're headed by Steve Guttenberg who is given a choice by another police captain friendly to his late father who is concerned about Guttenberg's lack of direction in life. We've also got Kim Cattrall the rich débutante who's just bored with her life, David Graf who takes the gun/penis dichotomy to the extreme, Bubba Smith the peaceful florist, Bruce Mahler the henpecked husband, and little Marion Ramsey who has voice projection problems and my favorite Michael Winslow the human sound effect machine.

Of course we have to have a villain and in this case and in a few subsequent episodes it's G.W. Bailey better known to today's audience as Lieutenant Provenza in Kyra Sedgwick's squad in The Closer. He will stop at nothing to run this group off the police force and they, especially Guttenberg, will stop at nothing to goof on him.

Another favorite is George Gaynes the absolutely clueless commandant of the Police Academy. What that man can do with the word 'many.'

Confession is good so embrace your inner grossness that allows you to enjoy the Police Academy series.


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