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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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Lt. Harris (as G. W. Bailey)
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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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The name "Sweedchuk: Fine European Tailoring" appears on the window Fackler is looking in, when Tackleberry asks him how he's going. This was a play on the name of the film's set decorator, Steve Shewchuk. The name would reappear for Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) for the shopkeeper Sweetchuck, played by Tim Kazurinsky. See more »


In the scene with the motorcycle riding on its rear tire, skid marks can be seen from previous takes. See more »


Cadet Leslie Barbara: [after Hightower has been thrown out of the Academy] Of all the guys who I thought were gonna make it, Hightower was the one. I mean, if all the cops looked like him there'd be no crime at all.
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Followed by Police Academy: The Series (1988) See more »


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A classic of 80's
11 October 2008 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie has such a low rating on IMDb (right now it's 6.1, that isn't so bad but this movie deserves more). It's a classic comedy which is still funny even after 20 years. It always elate me. Jokes are pretty simple and even innocent compared to nowadays movies but that's probably what's good about this film because it's funny to watch to whole family. You'll fall in love with a characters and this movie itself so much that every time you'll hear a theme of Police Academy it will make you smile. If you haven't watched it yet you definitely have to do it because they don't make this kind of movies anymore.

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