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
When Captain Harris tells the cadets that Blankes and Copeland will be the cadets in charge, he says ¨Blankes and Dopeland.¨ This is probably deliberate as Captain Harris doesn't respect Copeland as much as Blankes, as indicated by Harris's reaction to Copeland attempting to shake Harris's hand earlier. 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 »
On the network TV version, NBC, after the cadets are laughing at Lt. Harris about his accident in the horse wagon, there is extra footage. Harris says to the cadets just before graduation "I'm going to cut you. I swear it." After that, Thompson is now not sure of going to the prom with Mahoney. She thinks he has "done enough already" (caused trouble). See more »
Yep, this is the one that started it all. The right one to blame. "Police Academy" - never duplicated, countlessly imitated.
But before you go throwing any stones...this one is funny.
Yep, believe it or not, its joke success ratio is amazingly high. Is it because it's R-rated? That's a lot of it, but it also has a good pedigree.
Director/co-writer Wilson also created TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati", Israel and Proft have written "Bachelor Party" and some other funny stuff you may have heard of (they had a hand in the "Naked Gun" films).
And the cast, in this instance, is fresh! Guttenberg has seldom been better, nor has Cattrall (well, maybe except for "Porky's"), Gaynes, Bailey, Smith, Winslow or Easterbrook. There are a handful of good lines, more good scenes here than in any four of the sequels you can name and plenty more opportunity for good old raunchy "Animal House"-style guffaws.
You don't believe me? Think about the scene with the hooker (Spelvin) in the speaker's podium. Then think about the punch line ("Good speech."). You see? Ah, memories.
Take it from a hard-bitten veteran of the series. This is as good as it gets. You want to see a funny movie about cops? Register at your local "Police Academy".
Six stars, plus a star more for Guttenberg's final scene. Classic.
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