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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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