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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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Genres:

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Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Paris' final film. It had originally been the intention that this film and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) would be filmed back-to-back, but Paris was too ill during production for this to work, and so Jim Drake was hired to direct the next film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 54 mins) During the song by Sgt. Hooks and Lt. Callahan at the Policeman's Ball, the camera alternates between shots of Lassard's cadets having fun while Mauser's cadets stay in their seats and show no emotion. When it goes to a wide shot of the room, you see Mauser's cadets dancing. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry: Excuse me sir, this is a non-smoking area. I'm gonna' have to ask you to distinguish that cigar.
Man with Cigar: Drop dead! I'll put it out when I'm finished.
Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry: You'll put it out now mister!
[Tackleberry fires a crossbow bolt into the cigar]
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References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

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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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Still goin' strong
16 July 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

It's back to where it all started for the gang as they assist trainees who are as inept as they were. Squealing Goldthwait is now a wannabe cop and in a perfect idea by the screenwriter is roommated with meek little Mr. Sweetchuck, whom he terrorized throughout part 2. The most notable newcomer is Brian Tochi as the Japanese youngster obsessed with Easterbrook's breasts (who wouldnt be?). The climax is a little more exciting than in the recent films (a jet-ski chase) and is filmed very nicely. And it's odd how with each film the running time gets shorter, only 83 minutes here. But still enjoyable the third time around.


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