- 1 hr 36 min
Police Academy is an ensemble comedy film that was released in 1984. It is rated R for nudity, language, and suggestive themes. It was directed by Hugh Wilson, and it was written by Neal Israel and Pat Proft. The film was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and was successful enough to spawn a franchise. The cast features Steve Guttenburg, Kim Cattrall, Bubba Smith, David Graf, George Gaynes, and Michael Winslow. The film begins in a city, where the location is never revealed. A new mayor gets elected and is notified that there is a shortage of police officers. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, the new mayor makes the decision for local police departments to accept all recruits that sign up to be a police officer. This decision washes away the strict standards a police force must abide by. The trained officers that remain are not happy with the decision. Their goal is to make the new recruits suffer into giving up in their quest to become a part of the police force. Steve Guttenburg portrays the central character as one of the new recruits. He tends to get in trouble with the law, but the Captain of the police force decides to drop the charges if he joins the academy. The Captain is also kind to Guttenburg, because he knew his father. Guttenburg agrees, because he realizes he could easily get himself kicked out. He is not allowed to quit, or he will get sent to jail. The problem is the Chief of Police has ordered the trained police staff not to kick anyone out. Instead, it is their prerogative to make everyone quit. Thus, the film is established as the hijinks that ensue between the new recruits and the disgruntled staff of the police force.