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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:

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

According to an interview on The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998), Bobcat Goldthwait negotiated a deal to return for six hundred thousand dollars. Goldthwait then told producers they should pay Tim Kazurinsky the same amount. The request was successful. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 12 mins) This movie is set in the United States, but when Lassard is looking through his binoculars at the regatta, you can see the CN Tower (from Toronto Ontario Canada) in the background. See more »

Quotes

Cadet Zed: Get out of my way!
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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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They're "Back" and they're bad....
29 September 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

While still suffering from the humor limitations of being rated PG, "Police Academy 3" has sight gags enough to make it worth watching a few times (at least more often than "Part II").

The gang's all here and trying to train a new line of cadets in their own image (poor cadets) while Lassard (Gaynes) tends to his goldfish and tools about in his modified golf cart.

Even Bobcat Goldthwait returns as Zed, this time training to be a force of good. His scenes breathe a lot of life into this affair, as he screams at doors until they fall down, terrorizes his fellow cadets, hot wires police cars with his teeth and sings at the most inopportune times.

Everyone else has at least one good scene, maybe two. And considering how many are in the cast, that leaves room for a lot of good scenes. Even Georgina Spelvin is back from the original and, bless her, she makes good, too (though not as hilarious as in the original).

This is about as good as the sequels get, so look no further for laughs than "Police Academy 3: Back in Training". Definitely Bubba Smith's finest hour.

Seven stars. Good job, officers.


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