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Police Academy

Now that Kim Cattrall’s fully ensconced as an international taboo-breaking doyenne of sophisticated comedy, what better time to show this? Apparently that bloke who made the funny noises was originally a shoo-in for the role of Niles in Frasier. “Look Niles, this is utterly preposterous! How can you possibly deign to lecture me on the state of my relationships when you and Maris haven’t so much as spoken to each other since that Gore Vidal evening at the Tennenbaums’?” “Prrrrrkkkp! Frrrrit! Pyoyyyng! Awoowoowoowoowoo!”



  1. Joanne Gray

    March 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    This is the very first film we hired from our local video club when the family eventually bought a video recorder. I must have watched it hundreds of times since and certain bits still make me laugh. A shame that the subsequent movies in the series were sanitised to appeal to a more “family” audience (namely no proper swears and no full frontal nudity or blatant sexual activity)

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 8, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    It was a favourite locally among corner shops that rented out videos in the mid eighties, which like Joanne, is how I first saw Police Academy. More adult, more knowing than the sequels, which by the fourth instalment had become terrible, I always rate the original Police Academy as one of those adult tinged, feel good comedies the Americans did so well in the mid eighties. ( I’m also a huge fan of Risky Business and Revenge of the Nerds).

  3. richardpd

    July 9, 2020 at 12:08 am

    This film series seemed to end up in a cycle of diminishing returns, and a couple of attempts at a TV series after it had overstayed it’s welcome.

    I also remember the series being a video shop favourite, possibly because some shops let you rent out 2 films in a series at a discount.

    • Glenn Aylett

      July 9, 2020 at 7:29 pm

      Yes, I saw the original Police Academy and Police Academy 2 in a two for one deal, where you obtained the second film at half price. Both good films and kept us entertained one summer night when there wasn’t much on the television.

  4. THX 1139

    July 10, 2020 at 12:04 am


  5. Tom Ronson

    May 23, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I like to imagine Kim Cattrall leaving the wrap party muttering ‘What a load of old crap, I’m getting out before I become inextricably linked with the franchise.’

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