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Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)

The alumni of Commandant Lassard's Police Academy (1984) return to the school to train new recruits and prevent its closure.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

Neal Israel (characters creator), Pat Proft (characters creator) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Sgt. Mahoney
Bubba Smith ... Sgt. Hightower
David Graf ... Sgt. Tackleberry
Michael Winslow ... Sgt. Jones
Marion Ramsey ... Sgt. Hooks
Leslie Easterbrook ... Lt. Callahan
Art Metrano ... Comdt. Mauser
Tim Kazurinsky ... Cadet Sweetchuck
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Cadet Zed
George Gaynes ... Comdt. Lassard
Shawn Weatherly ... Cadet Adams
Scott Thomson ... Sgt. Copeland
Brant von Hoffman ... Sgt. Blanks (as Brant Van Hoffman)
Bruce Mahler ... Sgt. Fackler
Ed Nelson ... Governor Neilson
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Storyline

When police funding is cut, the Governor announces he must close one of the academies. To make it fair, the two police academies must compete against each other to stay in operation. Mauser persuades two officers in Lassard's academy to better his odds, but things don't quite turn out as expected... Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@spots.ab.ca>

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Taglines:

An open-and-shut case of nonstop laughter. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy III See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,049,586, 23 March 1986

Gross USA:

$43,579,163
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior shot of the 16th precinct was taken from Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). See more »

Goofs

(at around 53 mins) While the gang is playing music at Policeperson Ball, Jones was playing a guitar with no strings. This is probably an intended joke, as Jones can effectively impersonate a guitar with his noise making skills. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Debbie Callahan: Why beat around the bush, Mauser? Just get down on your knees and kiss his ass.
Cmndt. Mauser: I don't need any tactical advice from *you*, Callahan.
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Alternate Versions

There are 16 extra scenes on the TBS Superstation version:
  • Jones practices his karate skills just before the scene in the Gymnasium.
  • After Mauser tells Blanks and Copeland what to do, the scene continues on the rooftop. Mauser's car gets stolen, and there is a scene with him falling into a trash container.
  • Mauser walks in to the police department.
  • Commandant Lassard, Mahoney, Blanks and Copeland talk about the training for the new recruits.
  • Tackleberry takes out his chainsaw to get down a child who is sitting in a tree instead of going to school.
  • Cadet Adams accidentally helps three thieves rob a store.
  • Bud Kirkland's rifle discharges into the air when Hightower drives the car over a bump.
  • Extra scene with the cadets talking in the control room after Hooks teaches them how to work the computers.
  • Jones talks with his nephew.
  • Blanks tells the cadets their mistakes.
  • Mauser watches his new recruits' weapons handling.
  • Naked in his car, Proctor is embarrassed by a truck driver while stopping at a red light.
  • After we see Tackleberry asking the old lady if she can identify her quarter, a few scenes later we see him giving her the money and telling her to mail the rest back.
  • Jones stops in the middle of the road because a truck is standing in his way. While he and Nogata wait, their car's gasoline is being stolen by a man who sucks it out with a hose.
  • A scene with Jones and Nogata telling Adams they cannot carry out their mission and she would have to send in Mahoney to complete it.
  • Mahoney, Commandant Lassard and Adams arrive late at a crime scene.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Team Thing
Written by Tena Clark and Tony Warren
Performed by Leslie Easterbrook (uncredited) and Marion Ramsey (uncredited)
Produced by Tena Clark
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Basically the same thing as one and two combined.
12 April 2009 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

Yes, combine the first two movies take away most of the cussing and raunchy jokes and you have the start of the very stale Police Academy sequels. I enjoyed the first two films, and I will say this one had some laughs, but way to much wrong with it to be considered even an okay film. The only redeeming factor is that once again G.W. Bailey is absent and the more funnier Mauser is in this one with his assistant Proctor. They made for most of the humor and Mauser's absence in the next film stands out to me. The story has two police academies in an area and one of them is to be shut down. Mauser is in charge of one, and granted how did he get an academy since the last movie is a rather good question. One wonders is this supposed to be a sequel and for the most part other than this strange turn it seems to be. Most of the jokes have been done, Bobcat is back and you wonder why. He was good in the last movie, in this one his presence is overkill. I thought how Mahoney in the first film got into the academy there is no way Bobcat could have. So all in all the start of very weak sequels and you will begin to know the jokes by heart.


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