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Police Academy (1984)

R | | Comedy | 23 March 1984 (USA)
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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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1,546 ( 318)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Paul Maslansky originally envisioned ten "Police Academy" movies. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara hits Copeland with the tray in the cafeteria, the tray is already dented before it even hits 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

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 Svédská trojka: Mixtape Speciál! (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Written by Gerry Goffin (uncredited) and Carole King (uncredited)
Performed by The Shirelles
Courtesy of K-Tel Entertainment, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Put your mind in neutral and be entertained!
14 July 2005 | by johnfosSee all my reviews

This is a great movie for relaxing after a hard day at work. It's sheer escapism and good-humoured fun that only requires the watcher to put their mind in neutral, rest their feet, and not think too much.

A lot of the gags are not very original; we've seen most of them before in some other form. But the basic premise of a Police Academy full of misfits provides a novel context.

I've only seen this first movie of the series and don't really have plans to see any of the others. Can't believe they've made ssssssssooooo many sequels.

Too much Police Academy could certainly wear a bit thin, but first time around it's sheer good fun.


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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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