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Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 21 March 1986 (USA)
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:

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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

(At around one hour and twelve minutes) For Jones' "periscope" scene, a cable mechanism set up on shore was used to pull Michael Winslow and his jet ski underwater. See more »

Goofs

(at around 52 mins) When Proctor is naked in front of the hotel elevator, his boxer shorts are visible. See more »

Quotes

[after he is given courting lessons from Jones, Nogata visits Callahan at her room, holding a rose]
Cadet Nogata: In my country it is written: only kiss from beautiful woman can compare to a petal of a rose.
[Nogata looks at his notepad]
Cadet Nogata: Babe.
[Callahan grabs Nogata's hand firmly, pulls him into the room, then takes off his dark glasses and her glasses. Nogata stares at Callahan, somewhat scared by her aggressiveness, thinking incorrectly that he made her angry]
Lieutenant Debbie Callahan: In America, talk is cheap!
[...]
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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

Referenced in Trial & Error: The Timeline (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Wounded In Love
Written by Lauren Wood and Rick Chudacoff
Performed by Lauren Wood
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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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