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.

Director:

Hugh Wilson

Writers:

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 ... Capt. Reed
Scott Thomson ... Chad Copeland
Brant von Hoffman ... Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)
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Storyline

In desperate need of a fresh batch of police officers, the newly appointed Lady Mayoress of a crime-plagued metropolis lowers the bar for the recruitment process. As a result, all types of misfits start flocking into Commandant Eric Lassard's prestigious Police Academy, and the leader of this assortment of pariahs is Carey Mahoney: a light-hearted, devil-may-care young rebel. But now, there is no turning back, and to make matters worse, the autocratic martinet, Lieutenant Harris, can't wait to see them quit. Then, a full-scale riot breaks out, and the inexperienced but dauntless cadets will have to put their training to good use. Do they have what it takes to be law-enforcement officers? Written by Nick Riganas

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When THESE cops hit the streets, even the bad guys die laughing! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Steve Guttenberg and G.W. Bailey would also co-star in Short Circuit (1986) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening titles lights up white via the sound of a thunderclap. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the network television and syndicated versions, the scene that has a hooker performing oral sex on Commandant Lassard while he is giving a speech to a group of fellow police officials has been cut down. The scene is cut from right before we hear Lassard's pants being unzipped, after which it goes to a shot of Lt. Harris sitting at Lassard's desk, and then goes back to the end of the oral sex sequence when Lassard invites the officials to have lunch, and when he discovers Mahoney under the podium. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

She's in My Corner
Performed by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack
Written by Max Carl and Andrew Kastner
Vocals by Mark Campbell (uncredited)
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Guilty pleasure!
5 April 2003 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

I don't know what got to me. This evening, I went to the video store and got this one. I first saw it back in the 80's. Now let's not go nuts and call this the best comedy of all times. But it's still a pretty decent one (or indecent if you prefer!). The movie is generally funny, the characters are likable, and it's filmed in Toronto! I was surprised to realize that with the first scene showing the Toronto skyline. Some scenes are very funny, especially the one with George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard). Ah! the podium scene! So funny! Pea-brain humor, but good pea-brain humor!

Out of 100, I gave it 71. That's good for ** out of ****.

Seen in Toronto, on April 5th, 2003.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,198,894
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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