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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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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 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

[after hearing Hedges' call for help]
Cadet Fackler: Did you read that? Was that for real?
Cadet Karen Adams: We heard it. Sir?
Cmndt. Lassard: Maybe we'd better check it out.
Sgt. Carey Mahoney: What about the evaluation?
Cmndt. Lassard: One of my boys might be in trouble. Screw the evaluation!
Sgt. Carey Mahoney: I love it when you talk dirty, sir.
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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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Soundtracks

El Bimbo
Written by Claude Ganem
Performed by Jean-Marc Dompierre and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Arthur Young Enterprises, Inc.
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"The mind is mightier than the bosom."
19 July 2004 | by d1seniorSee all my reviews

Okay, so these films were never the most respected of the 1980s, but they at least started off with a nicely foul-mouthed, sexist-pig approach. This, the third film in the series, marks the point at which the sequels began their rapid descent into insipid kid's fare; references to the original simply come across as lazy re-hashes (which, let's face it, they are), and the new characters lack any real bite. As with 'Police Academy's 2 and 4, G.W. Bailey's absence is painfully apparent.

An excrutiating karaoke singalong (complete with Tackleberry on sax and Jones grooving away on bass) rubs salt into the already-chafing wounds. And there was still a long way to go before 'Mission to Moscow.'


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