Police Academy

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Police Academy
Police Academy.jpg
Genre: Comedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 96 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 22, 1984
Directed by: Hugh Wilson
Written by: Neal Israel
Pat Proft
Hugh Wilson
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
The Ladd Company
Starring: Steve Guttenberg
Kim Cattrall
Bubba Smith
Donovan Scott
Michael Winslow
Andrew Rubin
David Graf
Bruce Mahler
Marion Ramsey
Brant Von Hoffman
Scott Thomson
G. W. Bailey
George Gaynes
Leslie Easterbrook
George R. Robertson
Debralee Scott
Ted Ross
Doug Lennox
Georgina Spelvin
Don Lake
Next film: Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
Police Academy 4: Citizens on PatrolAMW (1987)
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988)
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)


Police Academy is a 1984 American comedy film directed by Hugh Wilson and starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, G.W. Bailey, and George Gaynes, and was the first film in the Police Academy film series.

Summary

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.

Why It Rocks

  1. Pretty good acting.
  2. So many likable characters, such as Carey Mahoney (an easy-going lovable rouge who has to enroll in the police academy to avoid a prison sentence, and is the most normal and sane among his classmates, while always standing up to arrogant people), Larvell Jones (a skilled martial artist and human beatbox), Eugene Tackleberry (gun-obsessed adrenaline junkie who packs a revolver with serious stopping power), Moses Hightower (a gentle giant and florist), Laverne Hooks (a shy girl who can be loud when unexpected), Douglas Fackler (an accident-prone man who always makes a mess without knowing it), Leslie Barbara (an overweight cowardly man), George Martin (a ladies man who puts on a fake Hispanic accent), Sgt. Debbie Callahan (a no-nonsense buxom instructor), Lt. Thaddeus Harris (an ambitious instructor who serves as the antagonist to Mahoney), and Cmndt. Eric Lassard (the commandant of the police academy, who becomes a father figure to the cadets).
  3. Very humourous jokes, such as the prostitute under the podium, Lt. Harris flying head-first into a horse's behind, and Harris' lackeys Kyle Blankes and Chad Copeland being forced to dance at the Blue Oyster.
  4. Fun soundtrack composed by Robert Folk, including the song "I'm Gonna Be Somebody" by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.
  5. Well great plot that shows that just because someone doesn't match up to other people's standards, it doesn't mean they can't be a hero.
  6. Mahoney teaching Hightower how to drive is very good, and pays off when Hightower passes the driving course.
  7. Awesome climax, which included the pay-off of Barbara standing up to the bullies that made him want to enroll in the first place.

Bad Qualities

  1. The first two sequels are pretty worthy follow-ups, but the final four sequels are atrocious.

Trivia

  • Creator Paul Maslansky originally envisioned the franchise to have ten movies.
  • According to Hugh Wilson, the original cut was around two and a half hours long.
  • Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Judge Reinhold, and Bruce Willis were all considered for the role of Mahoney.
  • The role of Cmndt. Lassard (originally named "Capt. Lewis Lassard" in an earlier draft) was originally written for Robert Conrad, who turned down the part, only to regret it later, to the point that he took the part of the police chief in Moving Violations.
  • Before Robert Folk was hired, the filmmakers initially wanted Elmer Bernstein to write the film's score.
  • Lance Kinsey auditioned for the role of Fackler, losing out to Bruce Mahler. Kinsey would go onto play Sgt./Lt. Carl Proctor in the sequels.