Police Academy

March 23rd, 1984


Police Academy

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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.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.4/10 (37,267 voted)

Director: Hugh Wilson

Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall

New rules enforced by the Lady Mayoress mean that sex, weight, height and intelligence need no longer be a factor for joining the Police Force. This opens the floodgates for all and sundry to enter the Police Academy, much to the chagrin of the instructors. Not everyone is there through choice, though. Social misfit Mahoney has been forced to sign up as the only alternative to a jail sentence and it doesn't take long before he falls foul of the boorish Lieutenant Harris. But before long, Mahoney realises that he is enjoying being a police cadet and decides he wants to stay... while Harris decides he wants Mahoney out!

Writers: Neal Israel, Pat Proft

Steve Guttenberg - Cadet Carey Mahoney
Kim Cattrall - Cadet Karen Thompson
G.W. Bailey - Lt. Thaddeus Harris
Bubba Smith - Cadet Moses Hightower
Donovan Scott - Cadet Leslie Barbara
George Gaynes - Commandant Eric Lassard
Andrew Rubin - Cadet George Martín
David Graf - Cadet Eugene Tackleberry
Leslie Easterbrook - Sgt. Debbie Callahan
Michael Winslow - Cadet Larvell Jones
Debralee Scott - Mrs. Fackler
Bruce Mahler - Cadet Douglas Fackler
Ted Ross - Captain Reed
Scott Thomson - Cadet Chad Copeland
Brant von Hoffman - Cadet Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)

Taglines: The new police recruits. Call them slobs. Call them jerks. Call them gross. - Just don't call them when you're in trouble.

Release Date: 23 March 1984

Filming Locations: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,570,007 (USA) (25 March 1984)

Gross: $81,198,894 (USA) (22 July 1984)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Fackler's wife riding the hood of her spouse's car, to prohibit him from joining the police academy, (with Mrs. Fackler ultimately catapulted with an abrupt stop) was the start of a comedic tradition with the film series: The Parody On A Parody. Like so many gags, this one would be "recycled" for Police Academy 3: Back in Training: Now, with Fackler riding the hood of his car to prevent Mrs. Fackler from joining the Force; complete with the couple being spotted from the interior of a limousine.

Continuity: In the scene where Fackler is sitting in the squad car in the city, when the regular cop gets in the car he hands Fackler a red apple and he tosses it out the window. But when the apple is shown hitting the street thug in the head, it's a green apple.

Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris: [On their way to a riot zone] We are being sent to a safe area away from the disturbance. Our job will be to divert traffic away from the trouble zone, and to protect public property. You will have live ammunition, but there will be no call to use it - TACKLEBERRY! Do you understand, numbnuts?

User Review

Revenge of the 80's: The franchise film!

Rating: 8/10

Police Academy (1984) was the first of many films from this series. Since this was the 80's and this film was very successful there was only one alternative, milk the cash cow until it was dry. Like most of these films, the first one is the best and most creative of the bunch. The film follows a bunch of losers and outcasts who join the local police academy for various reasons. The main character is Mahoney (played by Steve Guttenberg) a man with a shady past who enrolls in the academy as an alternative punishment for a previous criminal act. He becomes the motley crew's leader and representative.

This movie made Guttenberg a star and it started a film series that would live on D.T.V. and make the producers a lot of money. It also gave people jobs and made others into minor stars. I found this movie to be very entertaining. If you're into juvenile humor and a bunch of cheap laughs, then I recommend this movie. Others need not apply. Followed by six sequels!!

Recommended for some laughs and low brow humor. Hey, it's one of the essentials.



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