Police Academy Poster

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 1997

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
When the mayor of a crime-ridden city loosens the restrictions on entering the police academy in order to get more cops on the street, all manner of oddball characters enlist to join the force. Among the cadets are suave Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), hulking Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith), beautiful Karen Thompson (Kim Cattrall) and sound effects-generating Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), who all have to show initiative and courage when they are faced with tough situations out on patrol.

Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Michael Winslow, G.W. Bailey, George Gaynes, Bubba Smith, Andrew Rubin, David Graf

Director: Hugh Wilson

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Bros., Ladd Company

Keywords: 1980s, Transformation, Friendship, Amusing, Police officer, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Gag delivery is by shotgun and, as happens when there is even a minimum of talent involved in such projects, some of the material is on target. And some of it is awful. [27 Mar 1984, p.B5]

  • Despite the quick succession of sight gags director Hugh Wilson engineers in the film, Police Academy has it weak moments, particularly with Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall in the leads. [23 Mar 1984]

  • If there's anything worse than a punch line that doesn't work, it's a movie that doesn't even bother to put the punch lines in. show more

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