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Police Academy (1984)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  23 March 1984 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Harris (as G. W. Bailey)
Andrew Rubin ...
Bruce Mahler ...
Scott Thomson ...
Kyle Blankes (as Brant Van Hoffman)


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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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Policijska akademija  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


$81,200,000 (USA)

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Hugh Wilson:  the motorist who suffers a fender-bender during Hightower's late night driving session with Mahoney. See more »


Throughout most of the movie, most of the guns fired don't recoil, especially the shotguns. See more »


Cadet Laverne Hooks: [a thug, after being knocked down some stairs, realizes he's still got a gun in his waist. He reaches for it, and a revolver is pointed in his face] *Don't move, dirtbag!*
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Referenced in Blood Bound (2007) See more »


Performed by Dave Brubeck
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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Very funny
2 July 2002 | by (Belfast, N.Ireland) – See all my reviews

It turns out that the mayor of a city is wanting to have a better Police force and so opens up a more spaces in the Police Academy so that more people may apply. It turns out that the new applicants are a bunch of losers, wackos, and other various people that just don't fit in.

The whole film is very funny. The characters are normal but very different making them look like complete misfits against each other. But the show is stolen by G.W. Bailey who plays the mean but brilliant Lieutenant Harris.

The movie is a very funny and promising film that is lots of fun. ****

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