Police Academy (1984) – Encore Review


“Now, I thought it would be nice if we were to close out our first afternoon together with a nice little stroll around the campus. [shouts] Move out, maggots!” – Lt. Harris

Number of Times Seen – (theater in ’84, many many times afterward, 13 May 2013 and 21 Feb 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After the new Mayor opens to the Police Academy to anyone who wants, a band of misfits sign up while the instructors try to find a way to cope.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing in the theater when I was 10.

I’m still shocked that my parents let me see such a film at that age, but I’m sure I didn’t understand most of what was happening at that young age.

This film helped spawn 6 sequels in the franchise and despite none of them coming anywhere close to being as much fun as this one is, they all help carry the torch of the storyline.

They were able to find the right balance between comedy and crime-stopping and it works on numerous levels while staying fun the entire time.

They keep this humorous yet still manage to get a point across about the idealism of serving and protecting the community as a whole.

The cast is perfectly chosen for this film and they all were able to create such memorable characters that are so hard to forget.

The music is superb here and I wonder how many teenager who grew up in the 80’s wouldn’t be able to recognize the theme music from this film.

Check it out here:

This is a film that works really well and even if no sequels were ever made, there is no question that this film was able to make a huge mark on the industry.

Bottom Line – Great film that was able to spawn an entire franchise. This is an iconic film because it was able to make a film that balances crime and comedy quite well to keep things humorous yet still get its point across about the idealism of protecting and serving. Excellent cast helps make this film so memorable the entire time. Despite 6 sequels, this one still remains the best due to its originality and fresh take on the subject. The music is superb and very few teenagers of the 80’s wouldn’t be able to recognize this tune. Even if no sequels were ever made, this film still makes its mark on the industry. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Producer Paul Maslansky got the idea for this movie during the production of The Right Stuff (1983). A group of police cadets arrived to help with crowd control for the filming of a street scene. When the cadets piled out of the buses to take their posts, they were diverse; men, women, tall, short, black, Asian. They did their jobs so terribly, that Maslansky found it humorous, asking the Sergeant, “Are these all going to be future San Francisco’s finest?” The Sergeant looked at Paul, and said that due to an equal opportunity recruitment policy, they had to take all applicants into the academy, but they could be flunked out. It started Maslansky thinking, “What if they don’t want to be flunked out? What if some guy or girl wants to stay in?” That night, Paul wrote a two-page treatment and gave it to Executive Producer Alan Ladd, Jr., who loved the idea, and agreed to develop the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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5 thoughts on “Police Academy (1984) – Encore Review

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  3. Billy Crystal, Tom Hanks, Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Judge Reinhold, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, and Rick Moranis were all considered for the role of Carey Mahoney, which eventually went to Steve Guttenberg.

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