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Moving Violations (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 April 1985 (USA)
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The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

Director:

Neal Israel

Writers:

Neal Israel (screenplay), Pat Proft (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Murray John Murray ... Dana Cannon
Jennifer Tilly ... Amy Hopkins
James Keach ... Deputy Halik
Brian Backer ... Scott Greeber
Ned Eisenberg ... Wink Barnes
Clara Peller ... Emma Jean
Wendie Jo Sperber ... Joan Pudillo
Nedra Volz ... Mrs. Loretta Houk
Fred Willard ... Terrence 'Doc' Williams
Lisa Hart Carroll ... Deputy Virginia Morris
Nadine Van der Velde ... Stephanie McCarty
Ben Mittleman Ben Mittleman ... Spencer Popadophalos
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Raoul Bienveneda
Willard E. Pugh ... Jeff Roth (as Willard Pugh)
Sally Kellerman ... Judge Nedra Henderson
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Storyline

A group of careless and unlucky drivers are sentenced to attend traffic school to keep their records clean. Mistreated by inept and cruel police instructors, a smart-alecky teen leads the group in revenge against their tormentors. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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What the creators of "Police Academy" did for law enforcement is nothing compared to what they're doing to traffic school! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The scene where the semi-trailer truck plows into the empty car, along the railroad tracks, led some to believe that the semi either would have sustained serious damage or wouldn't have been able to push the car along, even a little. The car that was hit was actually a duplicate model of the original they were just riding in, but the engine block was completely removed along with the gas tank (for obvious safety reasons). The continuing shot of the semi barreling down was just the truck itself as although the car is no longer seen, it implied that it was still stuck to the front (when it actually wasn't). See more »

Goofs

You can see Mrs. Houk rub something on her face before getting into the car to attract the dog to her face. See more »

Quotes

Dana Cannon: This should be good. Stay tuned.
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Connections

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Every Boy's Got One
Performed by Julie Brown
Written by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey and Sterling Smith
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One of the most underrated comedies of all time
13 April 2000 | by teenwolf97See all my reviews

I'll go on paper or on-line and say that Moving Violations is one of the most underrated comedies of all time. I don't think it is shown enough for one thing. I can name about 14 friends I have shown this to who have never heard of it, but were needing stitches from laughing afterwards.The movie focuses on a bunch of misfits who have to go to traffic school to get their licenses back. The leader of the group is Dana Cannon played by John Murray (Bill's brother) who displayed a fine comedic talent in his first film. His deadpan deliveries such as Woopsie,You kids have fun, Hey its not an ashtray,and when the tough get going the tough get going in their pants. Cannon and his friends give Halek, the teacher, hell throughout the course. Halek holds a personal grudge to Cannon because he's responsible for screwing up his promotion as a cop. There's even some love interest in the film. The puppeteer, the dieter, the horror movie-maniac, the "doc", the blind old lady all fill their parts very well. This movie has been criticized for being too much like Police Academy,but trust me its as funny. The one-liners are memorable and the gags are plenty. It took me forever to find this film to purchase, hopefully it won't take you as long to rent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,469,488, 21 April 1985

Gross USA:

$10,627,754

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,627,754
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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