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Police Academy [VHS] (1984)

Steve Guttenberg , G.W. Bailey , Hugh Wilson  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith, Donovan Scott
  • Directors: Hugh Wilson
  • Writers: Hugh Wilson, Neal Israel, Pat Proft
  • Producers: Paul Maslansky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: January 18, 1994
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000005PW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the mayor decides that the doors of the police academy be open to any and all, the applicants swarm forth like hordes of losers in a colorful assortment of nonregulation sizes, shapes and eccentricities.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Best February 9, 2000
Format:DVD
This was a great movie from a lost age of silly moviemaking. While the sequals were too trying, the original is a classic from the 80s. Porky's, Animal House, Stripes and Police Academy are all cut from the same mold. Silly, mindless fun. This was when movies were dumb and a whole lot more fun!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First and only good movie in the series July 30, 2004
Format:DVD
On March 4 of this year, the newly elected mayor announced that she was changing the hiring practices of the 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. -opening prologue of Police Academy.

OK, so this is dated in terms of style and the chauvinism rampant in 80's comedies, but seeing it again for the first time in nearly twenty years brought back some nostalgic memories. Granted, it's not an all-time classic, but hey, at least it's not as raunchy as American Pie.

Diehards of the old school like academy chief and Lieutenant Thaddeus Harris work on a plan to make things tough for the new recruits, not by throwing them out but to make their training so miserable, they'll quit on their own accord. Harris handpicks a Mutt-and-Jeff pair (both with crewcuts, no less) named Copeland and Blankes to help him weed out the scumbuckets, dirtbags, or whatever unpleasant name he has for the other recruits. Yes, they'll learn about firearms, local laws, police procedure, and many many other things. Well, it's mainly the first and last that happen in this classic 80's comedy.

Then again, they were up against the likes of Carey Mahoney, the Monsignor Larvelle Jones, the suave lounge lizard George Martine, Leslie Barbara, Doug Fackler, and Tackleberry. Mahoney is the main character and he's at the Academy as part of a deal with his friend Captain Reed, of a choice between the academy or the lockup for another minor offense. And he can't quit as part of the deal-hence he tries to get himself kicked out by his antics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Tackleberry, we really need to talk." January 6, 2001
Format:DVD
This is by far the best and most consistently funny of the 7 Police Academy films. They pretty much got worse as they went on. Some of the funniest gags take place in this one: Tackleberry going nuts during obstacle training, Harris driving the motorbike into the back of a horse, Hightower tearing the seats out of the car and also flipping one over with his hands, the infamous podium/hooker scene, and of course Mahoney and Jones(the sound effect guy) have several funny scenes. Fans of the series will want to have this. The DVD isn't bad for a cheap one. It includes only the full screen version(bummer), the languages/subtitles(of course), cast and crew bios, interactive menus where you can read facts about the film, a reel recommendations section which suggests another Steve Guttenburg film and other films that are also funny (such as Austin Powers), and a scene selection which is common but welcome. The best part of the DVD other than the film itself is the inclusion of all 7 theatrical trailers for each Police Academy film. Genuinely funny and contrary to other reviews, this is no where near the worst film ever made. See it for yourself many many many times on many many many different occasions (inside Police Academy joke).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good!. October 14, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
I like the Police Academy movies, I actully watched Police Academy 2 and 3 before I watched the first movie and I think this movie is good and has a great cast but especially Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey and Bubba Smith and I recommend this movie. BTW: While the rest of the movies in The Police Academy series were Rated PG 13 I think it should be pointed out that the first movie is actually Rated R.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admit it, YOU LOVED IT! January 22, 2004
Format:DVD
7 movies, a cartoon series, a comic book, a revival TV series, and now...20 years later...THEY'RE BAAACK! Those wacky cops we've all grown to know and love (admit it!) are back in an all new 20th Anniversary DVD! It's Police Academy like you've never seen it before! Digitally re-mastered and available for the first time in WIDESCREEN! This all new Edition will feature the following
Commentary by Steve Guttenberg, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook, G.W. Bailey, director Hugh Wilson and producer Paul Maslansky
Behind Academy Doors: Secret Files Revealed - all-new reunion documentary
and the original Theatrical trailer
At the same time of the release, the Police Academy sequels will be available to own FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD! 2,3,6,and 7 will be available in Widescreen with 4 and 5 in Full Frame and each DVD will have a newly created Featurette and their original theatrical trailers!
So warn all your friends and family because the guys (and gals!) in blue are coming back!
"MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOVIE THAT STARTED THE WHOLE SERIES July 31, 2003
Format:DVD
A MALCONTENT [STEVE GUTTENBERG] GETS FORCED TO ENLIST IN THE POLICE ACADEMY. VERY FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING ON ALL LEVELS. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS FILM IS MICHAEL WINSLOW, THE MAN WHO PLAYS LARVELL JONES, WHOSE A HUMAN SOUND EFFECTS MACHINE. A CULT CALSSIC BY ALL MEANS. OF COURSE, THERE'S NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE SCRIPT OR ITS STORY, BUT IT'S JUST FUNNY. A MUST FOR ANYONE THAT LIKES TO LAUGH THEIR A.. OFF. FOLLOWED BY SIX SEQUELS, AN ANIMATED TV SERIES, AND INSPIRED A LIVE-ACTION TV SERIES.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Always a classic!
Published 3 days ago by Molly C. Gubler
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Always worth watching, its just a funny, funny movie
Published 3 days ago by T140-Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This one wasn't bad, definitely better than all the other ones. I can't believe people found these movies to be funny. This humor is similar to that of Adam Sandler.
Published 1 month ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong
If you're looking for a laugh, this is a sure movie to make that happen for you. Classic irreverent comedy.
Published 1 month ago by Natalie F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Police Academy (20th Anniversary Special Edition)
When the mayor decides that the doors of the police academy be open to any and all, the applicants swarm forth like hordes of losers in a colorful assortment of nonregulation... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie !
This one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Tackelberry and Jones plus HighTower made the movie the greatest !!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by James A. Packwood
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
Well no much to say here, i have all the collection but for a reason that i don't know it, the movie that came with the collection at half of the movie it stop , so i have to buy... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allan Vargas Padilla
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love this movie ! I don't think there's another one like it ! Great classic I love love love it !
Published 4 months ago by Keauna Shanice Peacock
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What can you say. Its a classic...and my wife had never seen it, so we watched it on instant. I dont know that I will have the occasion to watch it again, but it was worth the time
Published 5 months ago by Thanotos
3.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Easterbrook makes this Movie
TITLE: POLICE ACADEMY was release in theaters in the United States on March 23 1984 and it takes you 96 minutes to watch this movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gary L. Dibert
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