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

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loca academia de policía  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$81,200,000 (USA)
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Paul Maslansky got the idea for Police Academy during production of The Right Stuff (1983). A group of police cadets arrived to help with crowd control for the filming of a street scene. When the cadets piled out of the buses to take their posts, they were diverse; men, women, tall, short, black, Chinese. Maslansky found it humorous, asking the sergeant, 'Are these all going to be future San Francisco's finest?' The sergeant looked at Paul and said that due to an equal opportunity recruitment policy, 'we've got to take them all into the academy, but we can flunk them out.' It started Maslansky thinking, 'What if they don't want to be flunked out? What if some guy or girl wants to stay in?' That night, Paul wrote a two-page treatment and gave it to the Ladd Company, who loved the idea, and agreed to develop the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Hightower punches the "Main Bad Guy" and knocks him through the door there is nothing tucked into his pants. When he lands at the bottom of the stairs, he has one of the revolvers tucked into his pants. See more »

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Cadet Kyle Blankes: [Blankes smears potato salad on Mahoney's shirt] Your move... Ma-homo.
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Put your mind in neutral and be entertained!
14 July 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie for relaxing after a hard day at work. It's sheer escapism and good-humoured fun that only requires the watcher to put their mind in neutral, rest their feet, and not think too much.

A lot of the gags are not very original; we've seen most of them before in some other form. But the basic premise of a Police Academy full of misfits provides a novel context.

I've only seen this first movie of the series and don't really have plans to see any of the others. Can't believe they've made ssssssssooooo many sequels.

Too much Police Academy could certainly wear a bit thin, but first time around it's sheer good fun.


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