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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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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Policijska akademija 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Winslow is said to have performed the sound effects for the sirens, amongst other sound effects for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Reed and Mahoney are in the interrogation room at the police station, Captain Reed tells Mahoney that the duration of the police academy is 14 weeks long. When Mahoney is at the academy Commandant Lassard tells him the academy training is 24 weeks long. However, Lassard gets the length of time wrong repeatedly throughout the film, even having to be reminded of it when inspecting the new cadets. 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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The movie's opening titles lights up white via the sound of a thunderclap. See more »

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Broadcast commercial networks, and standard cable showings of this film, either silence or dub all bad language. The nudity is also edited. See more »

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This shows that movies can be stupid and funny at the same time.
29 September 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Okay, so "Police Academy" is probably the ultimate manifestation of the word "witless". But it doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is: nice, silly fun. The plot basically has a series of goof-off misfits enrolling in the police force and turning it topsy-turvy. Steve Guttenberg, as Cadet Carey Mahoney, may have to remember this as his peak in movies, and he does a pretty good job here.

Anyway, the movie is pretty much an excuse to be silly. And they do just that. With hilarious one-liners and one gag after another, you won't be disappointed. Of course, I advise you not to watch it if you're the type who only wants to see "important" movies.


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