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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.

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

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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The new police recruits. Call them slobs. Call them jerks. Call them gross. ...Just don't call them when you're in trouble. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

G.W. Bailey stated on the movie's DVD commentary that during the scene where he yells at Barbara, "I could show a movie on your butt, fatso!", there was an improvised portion that did not make the final cut. The deleted scene saw Harris contemplating the movie he would like to watch on Barbara's backside. His choice: "Gigi (1958)". See more »

Goofs

After Hightower flips the police cruiser over, we can see that there is no engine in the car when Lt. Harris is reprimanding him. 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

NBC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »


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The Boys Come to Town
Performed by Earlene Bentley
Courtesy of Record Shack Records
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Classic comedy that's still funny
12 September 2005 | by amb6287See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best comedies of the 80s. It's a great ensemble comedy in the tradition of Caddyshack. Steve Guttenberg is hilarious and Michael Winslow's "human sound machine" abilities are amazing. The movie features a sexy Kim Cattrall long before "Sex and the City" and a fantastic cast of supporting characters.

Yes, it's a bit silly, but everyone needs to be silly sometimes. Some material may be inappropriate for small children, but Policy Academy is a must-see for older kids and adults who like to laugh.

The sequels go downhill and are more of the same, but #2 and #3 are still worth renting.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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