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Police Academy

Released on: 23 Mar 1984 • Rated: R • Runtime: 96 min

Genre: Comedy

Director: Hugh Wilson
Writer: Neal Israel, Pat Proft, Hugh Wilson
Actors: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall

Plot: 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.

Box Office Gross: $81,198,894

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination








“Police Academy,” the 1984 comedy that took the concept of police training and turned it into a circus of laughs, is a film that’s hard to forget – for better or worse. Directed by Hugh Wilson and boasting a cast of characters as diverse as they are hilarious, this movie is a wild ride from start to finish.

Plot Overview

Welcome to a world where the city’s mayor has, in a moment of questionable wisdom, opened the doors of the police academy to anyone and everyone. Enter a motley crew of recruits, each more unsuitable for law enforcement than the last. You’ve got the likes of Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), a charming troublemaker; Hightower (Bubba Smith), a gentle giant; Tackleberry (David Graf), a gun enthusiast with a heart of gold; and many more. Their mission? To somehow make it through the training without getting kicked out or causing the academy to implode. Spoiler alert: they do neither.

Character Dynamics

The charm of “Police Academy” lies in its characters. Steve Guttenberg’s Mahoney is the lovable rogue, always ready with a quip and a scheme. His interactions with the stern and often bewildered Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) and the perpetually angry Lieutenant Harris (G.W. Bailey) are comedy gold. The ensemble cast works together like a well-oiled, albeit slightly unhinged, machine, each bringing their unique brand of humor to the table.

Cinematography and Visuals

Let’s be real: you’re not watching “Police Academy” for its cinematic artistry. The visuals are standard 80s fare – functional, straightforward, and not particularly memorable. But hey, when you’re busy laughing at the latest prank or gag, who needs award-winning cinematography?

Comedy and Tone

This film is a buffet of 80s comedy styles: slapstick, physical comedy, and a dash of the risqué. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and neither should you. The humor is constant and often over-the-top, but it’s delivered with such enthusiasm that you can’t help but be swept along for the ride.

Soundtrack and Score

The soundtrack of “Police Academy” is as 80s as it gets, with a catchy theme tune that you’ll be humming for days. The music complements the film’s zany tone perfectly, adding an extra layer of fun to the proceedings.


In conclusion, “Police Academy” is like that one party guest who’s a little too loud and a little too brash but somehow makes the party more fun. It’s a film that revels in its absurdity and invites you to do the same. So, if you’re in the mood for a comedy that’s unapologetically silly and a product of its time, then enroll in “Police Academy.” Just don’t expect to learn much about actual police work!

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