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
According to the cast and filmmaker commentary, it was Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. who came up with the idea of having Mahoney be the recipient of the "podium gag" at the end, after watching dailies of Lassard's podium scene. See more »
When Captain Reed and Mahoney are in the interrogation room at the police station, Captain Reed says, "He was a good friend", meaning Mahoney's father. When he says it, his lips don't match to the words he's saying. The original line spoken was "He was a good cop". See more »
On March 4th of this year...
...newly elected Mayor Mary Sue Beal announced that she was changing the hiring practices of this city's police force.
No longer would height, weight, sex, education, or physical strength be used to keep new recruits out of the Metropolitan Police Academy.
Hundreds of people who never dreamed of becoming police officers signed up immediately.
Naturally, the police completely freaked.
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The movie's opening titles lights up white via the sound of a thunderclap. See more »
NBC edited 5 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »
Yep, this is the one that started it all. The right one to blame. "Police Academy" - never duplicated, countlessly imitated.
But before you go throwing any stones...this one is funny.
Yep, believe it or not, its joke success ratio is amazingly high. Is it because it's R-rated? That's a lot of it, but it also has a good pedigree.
Director/co-writer Wilson also created TV's "WKRP in Cincinnati", Israel and Proft have written "Bachelor Party" and some other funny stuff you may have heard of (they had a hand in the "Naked Gun" films).
And the cast, in this instance, is fresh! Guttenberg has seldom been better, nor has Cattrall (well, maybe except for "Porky's"), Gaynes, Bailey, Smith, Winslow or Easterbrook. There are a handful of good lines, more good scenes here than in any four of the sequels you can name and plenty more opportunity for good old raunchy "Animal House"-style guffaws.
You don't believe me? Think about the scene with the hooker (Spelvin) in the speaker's podium. Then think about the punch line ("Good speech."). You see? Ah, memories.
Take it from a hard-bitten veteran of the series. This is as good as it gets. You want to see a funny movie about cops? Register at your local "Police Academy".
Six stars, plus a star more for Guttenberg's final scene. Classic.
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