What an Institution: The Story of Police Academy (2019)

A feature length documentary on the legacy of Police Academy (1984) and its sequels. The Police Academy movies were a mainstay in the comedy genre of the 1980s and early 1990s, spawning six sequels and two television series.


Gary Smart

Production Notes from IMDbPro

Status: Filming | See complete list of  »
Updated: 22 July 2018
More Info: See more production information about this title on IMDbPro.


Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Drama

In the 1980s the UK created the most unreal, surreal, amazing and creative computer games of all time. This is their Story behind the madness.

Director: Lee Bolton
Stars: Sophia Talbot, Ben Daglish, Ryan Lever

A documentary film about the Nickelodeon Network, telling the story of its humble origins deep into the SNICK years.

Director: Scott Barber
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Drake Bell, Kenan Thompson

The Mensch in black is back. The Hebrew Hammer comes out of retirement to prevent a time-traveling Hitler from erasing Jewish history.

Director: Jonathan Kesselman
Stars: Adam Goldberg

RoboDoc is a feature length fan-funded documentary exploring the making of the 1987 cult-classic, the sequels and its 30 year legacy.

Director: Chris Griffiths
Stars: Nancy Allen, Angie Bolling, John Castle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In this panoptic documentary on the niche culture of the retro video game collector, follow gaming enthusiasts and fans as they relive their childhood memories, make new ones and champion to keep an antiquated media format alive.

Director: Darrin Peloquin
Stars: James Rolfe, Dain Anderson, Jay Hatfield
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

A group of geniuses that are not suitable for the police profession, their adventures filled with fun, abundant laughter and adventure, starting with acceptance to the academy.

Director: Ali Yorgancioglu
Stars: Mehmet Ali Erbil, Yolanthe Cabau, Peker Açikalin
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

There is a brand new class of screw-ups at the Police Academy (1984). They face danger and try not to let their stupidity get in the way as they fight crime, often without even knowing it.

Stars: Matt Borlenghi, Rod Crawford, Toby Proctor
Comedy | Crime

The eighth installment of the 'Police Academy' comedy franchise.

Director: Brian Levant

Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary will be a definitive look at the game Dungeons & Dragons and its place as a cultural phenomenon, covering its history, appeal and effect. A game like no other, with influences far-reaching and subtle.

Stars: Ernest Cline, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexis Ohanian

A shy college kid learns that his blog will be the basis for a Utopian society in 1,000 years. He also finds out that aliens from the future want to kill him and prevent that utopia from happening.


In 1969, Gary Gygax, a family man and game designer with an entrepreneurial mind meets Dave Arneson, another brilliant game designer from the twin cities. Their collaboration over the next ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Cosby, Alec Sanford


Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Steve Guttenberg ... Himself
Leslie Easterbrook ... Herself
Don Lake ... Himself
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Himself
Rene Auberjonois ... Himself
Matt McCoy ... Himself
G.W. Bailey ... Himself
Charlie Schlatter ... Himself
Julie Brown ... Herself
Michael Winslow ... Himself
Shawn Weatherly ... Herself
Marion Ramsey ... Herself
Brian Tochi ... Himself
Lance Kinsey ... Himself
Scott Thomson ... Himself


Now after thirty years, the cast and crew of the Police Academy (1984) movies join forces with the makers of RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop (2019), Pennywise: The Story of 'IT' (2018) and You're So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night (2016) to bring you 'What an Institution. The Story of Police Academy.' Written by Cult Screenings UK Ltd.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Story of Police Academy





Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site






Box Office


£20,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dead Mouse Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Funded via Indiegogo. Pledge rewards include: DVDs, Blu-rays, posters, t-shirts, pins & production diary. See more »


Features Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed