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Public safety takes a turn for the worse in this hit comedy, which spawned a long-running franchise. As a crime wave sweeps through a major city, the mayor decides that part of the problem may stem from overly restrictive qualifications for police officers, so she opens the door of the city's Police Academy to anyone who wants to join. Soon, the new class is overrun with misfits and losers, including Carey Mahoney Steve Guttenberg, who is given the choice of joining the force or going to jail; Karen Thompson Kim ...
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Public safety takes a turn for the worse in this hit comedy, which spawned a long-running franchise. As a crime wave sweeps through a major city, the mayor decides that part of the problem may stem from overly restrictive qualifications for police officers, so she opens the door of the city's Police Academy to anyone who wants to join. Soon, the new class is overrun with misfits and losers, including Carey Mahoney Steve Guttenberg, who is given the choice of joining the force or going to jail; Karen Thompson Kim Cattrall, a pretty cadet whom Mahoney has his eye on; Moses Hightower Bubba Smith, a mountain of a man who likes to tend flowers; and Larvell Jones Michael Winslow, who has an uncanny ability to imitate the sound of practically anything. Constantly befuddled Commandant Lassard George Gaynes and his lackey, Lt. Harris G.W. Bailey, are none too thrilled with their new charges, but as they try to wash their hands of the cadets, Mahoney and his classmates become all the more determined to make good. The surprising success of Police Academy spawned six sequels and two TV series.
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When the critically disliked audience favorite Police Academy hit theaters, no one expected it to kick off a flimsy franchise that would go on for so long it would become an infamous mockery of the very idea of sequels, in the same league as the Friday the 13th movies. Featuring a motley bunch of one-note character actors, though not yet future mainstay Bobcat Goldthwait, Police Academy managed to spin sophomoric gold from the misfits' underdog attempts at surviving training and their sadistic instructors. Although the setup is at the intelligence level of many other T & A comedies, it clicked for viewers, perhaps because they were already lapping up such similar offerings. What probably brought in that 80 million dollars, and encouraged studio heads to keep greenlighting moronic sequels until the end of time, were such memorable elements as Michael Winslow, who became a limited celebrity based on his uncanny ability to reproduce all variety of realistic noises. Watching him perfectly mimic the whinnying of a horse and the computerized blips of Pac Man still inspires grins today. The film also made familiar faces out of David Graf and footballer Bubba Smith, as the pricelessly monikered Eugene Tackleberry and Moses Hightower, respectively. Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall are the amiable types necessary to preside over this brood and keep the film moving forward on autopilot. Although its classic scenes probably resonate as such only to early teenagers, there's no denying the historical significance of a brainless comedy able to persevere through ten years of new installments and the unreserved disdain of any critic who got near it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1997
  • UPC: 085391537434
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Guttenberg Carey Mahoney
G.W. Bailey Lieutenant Harris
George Gaynes Commandant Lassard
Michael Winslow Larvell Jones
Kim Cattrall Karen Thompson
Bubba Smith Moses Hightower
Andrew Rubin George Martin
Donovan Scott Leslie Barbara
Leslie Easterbrook Sgt. Callahan
Marion Ramsey Laverne Hooks
Scott Thomson Chad Copeland
Brant Van Hoffman Kyle Blankes
Georgina Spelvin Hooker
Joe Dunne
Don Payne Barber
Roger Dunn Booking Sergeant
David Graf Eugene Tackleberry
Debra Scott Mrs. Fackler
Bruce Mahler Doug Fackler
Ted Ross Capt. Reed
Doug Lennox Bad Guy
George R. Robertson Chief Hurnst
Don Lake Mr. Wig
Bill Lynn Parking Lot Manager
Michael J. Reynolds Office Executive
Joyce Gordon Mrs. Thompson
Bruce McFee Supply Clerk
Beth Amos Old Lady
Barry Green Cadet with Hat
Gary Farmer Sidewalk Store Owner
Jim Bearden Driver
Marco Bianco Tough
Ted Hanlan Tough
Rob Watson Tough
Wally Bondarenko Officer
J. Winston Carroll Officer
David Clement Officer
George E. Zeeman Officer
Gino Marrocco Arresting Cop
Gene Mack Thug
Bob Collins Drill Instructor
Peter Cox Bar Patron
Dwayne McLean Bar Patron
Technical Credits
Hugh Wilson Director, Screenwriter
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Folk Score Composer
Neal Israel Screenwriter
James Margellos Production Manager
Michael D. Margulies Cinematographer
Paul Maslansky Producer
Pat Proft Screenwriter
Robert Brown Editor
Christopher Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Shewchuk Set Decoration/Design
Zach Staenberg Editor
Trevor Williams Production Designer
Michael Zenon Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exxtreme laughter

    It was tastefully funny, and very intertaining. One thing I wish could have went longer was mahoney's speech at the end. He clearly stated that his speech would be a long one, I do wish we could have saw it through.

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