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Police Academy (1984)

R | | Comedy | 23 March 1984 (USA)
A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

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Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Neal Israel (screenplay), Pat Proft (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Carey Mahoney
Kim Cattrall ... Karen Thompson
G.W. Bailey ... Lt. Harris
Bubba Smith ... Moses Hightower
Donovan Scott ... Leslie Barbara
George Gaynes ... Commandant Lassard
Andrew Rubin ... George Martín
David Graf ... Tackleberry
Leslie Easterbrook ... Sgt. Callahan
Michael Winslow ... Larvell Jones
Debralee Scott ... Mrs. Fackler
Bruce Mahler ... Doug Fackler
Ted Ross ... Captain Reed
Scott Thomson ... Chad Copeland
Brant von Hoffman ... Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)
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Storyline

The year is 1984 and the mayoress has removed set personal criteria form the requirements to join the police force. No longer is sex, weight, height and orientation a factor. This now allows for an insurgence of people applying. The Police Academy series follows a select group of misfits in their quest to become police men and women. The first film of the series follows these misfits in their time at the Police Academy. The main focus is on a petty criminal called Mahoney. Mahoney is busted for criminal damage and as punishment is forced to go to Police Academy. Mahoney initially feels that this isn't the right place for him and he makes it his mission to be thrown out as he is not allowed to quit. As the classes go by and the training exercises are played out, Mahoney soon realizes that he is actually enjoying the academy and does want to become a police officer. We are also introduced to the gun maniac Tackelberry, the very tall Hightower, voluptuous Callahan, squeaky Hooks, human ... Written by SofaWatch

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Taglines:

When THESE cops hit the streets, even the bad guys die laughing! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,570,007, 25 March 1984

Gross USA:

$81,198,894
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though Doug Lennox's character is listed in the end credits as "Main Bad Guy", the script refers to the character as "S.O.B." See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Hightower (Bubba Smith) flips the police car in training (at the 1 hour 10 minute mark) as the camera pans down to the ground, off to the far right, for a brief second you can see a large bare arm of what appears to be a crew member (hidden behind the car) that aided in flipping over the car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: On March 4th of this year...
Title Card: ...newly elected Mayor Mary Sue Beal announced that she was changing the hiring practices of this city's police force.
Title Card: No longer would height, weight, sex, education, or physical strength be used to keep new recruits out of the Metropolitan Police Academy.
Title Card: Hundreds of people who never dreamed of becoming police officers signed up immediately.
Title Card: Naturally, the police completely freaked.
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Crazy Credits

The movie's opening titles lights up white via the sound of a thunderclap. See more »

Alternate Versions

Broadcast commercial networks, and standard cable showings of this film, either silence or dub all bad language. The nudity is also edited. See more »

Connections

Followed by Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Written by Gerry Goffin (uncredited) and Carole King (uncredited)
Performed by The Shirelles
Courtesy of K-Tel Entertainment, Inc.
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Bloody Good Fun
28 January 2005 | by mjw2305See all my reviews

A Group of Wannabe's and a Doesn't Wannabe, Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) Join the Police Academy in the hope of becoming respected members of the Police Force.

There's a problem, they are with out doubt the worst bunch of wannabe's the police academy has ever seen and Carey just can't wait to get kicked out, only being there because it was the only way he could avoid jail.

Some Truly Funny Moments and lots of memorable characters, this film is a bloody good romp, that should be enjoyed by most people.

Too bad the sequels generally sucked big time!

7/10


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