Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)

PG | 82 mins | Comedy | 21 March 1986

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writer:

Gene Quintano

Producer:

Paul Maslansky

Cinematographer:

Robert Saad

Editor:

Bud Molin

Production Designer:

Trevor Williams

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

According to a 24 Sep 1985 HR production chart, principal photography began 1 Sep 1985 in Toronto, Canada. A 17 Jul 1985 DV news item stated the picture had a $7.5 million budget, and a nine-week shooting schedule.
       Production notes in AMPAS files state that after the first Police Academy movie (1984, see entry) was filmed at a twelve-building Victorian complex surrounded by forty acres of parkland in Toronto, Canada, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985, see entry) was shot locally in Los Angeles, CA. For the third installment in the series, filmmakers chose to return to the original Canadian location. ... More Less

According to a 24 Sep 1985 HR production chart, principal photography began 1 Sep 1985 in Toronto, Canada. A 17 Jul 1985 DV news item stated the picture had a $7.5 million budget, and a nine-week shooting schedule.
       Production notes in AMPAS files state that after the first Police Academy movie (1984, see entry) was filmed at a twelve-building Victorian complex surrounded by forty acres of parkland in Toronto, Canada, Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985, see entry) was shot locally in Los Angeles, CA. For the third installment in the series, filmmakers chose to return to the original Canadian location.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Jul 1985
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 1985
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Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 1986
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
24 Mar 1986
Section G, p. 7.
New York Times
22 Mar 1986
p. 12.
Variety
26 Mar 1986
p. 18.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Starring:
as Mahoney
as Tackleberry
and
as Comdt. Lassard
Also Starring:
as Adams
as The Governor
as Mrs. Fackler
[and]
as Kirkland
The Evaluation Committee:
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
A Paul Maslansky Production
A Jerry Paris Film
A Police Academy Productions Presentation
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
2d unit dir, 2d unit
Asst dir, 2d unit
Prod mgr/1st asst dir, U. S. 2d unit
2d asst dir, U. S. 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Stills photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Key grip
Best boy
Addl photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam, U. S. 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Scenic artist
Const supv
COSTUMES
Cost des
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus supv
Scoring mixer
Addl orch
SOUND
Supervisory sd ed
A. D. R. ed
Prod mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec off coord
Spec eff
End title montage
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Casting assoc
Casting coord
Casting in Canada by
Casting in Canada by
Canadian extras casting
Asst to Mr. Maslansky
Asst to Mr. Paris
Prod accountant
Prod secy
Prod's asst
Prod asst
Unit pub
Karate expert
Academy floral emblem
Transportation coord
Driver capt
Paramedic
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunt coord
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Neal Israel & Pat Proft.
SONGS
"Team Thing," written by Tena Clark and Tony Warren, produced by Tena Clark
"Luv Got Me Dancen On My Kneez," written by Andy Hernandez, performed by Kid Creole & The Coconuts, courtesy of Sire Records by arrangement of Warner Special Products
"This Is What Love's All About," written by Tena Clark and Lorenzo Pryor
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SONGS
"Team Thing," written by Tena Clark and Tony Warren, produced by Tena Clark
"Luv Got Me Dancen On My Kneez," written by Andy Hernandez, performed by Kid Creole & The Coconuts, courtesy of Sire Records by arrangement of Warner Special Products
"This Is What Love's All About," written by Tena Clark and Lorenzo Pryor
"Wounded In Love," written by Lauren Wood and Rick Chudakoff, performed by Lauren Wood
"El Bimbo," written by Claude Ganem, performed by Jean-Marc Dompierre and his orchestra, courtesy of Arthur Young Enterprises, Inc.
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
21 March 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 21 March 1986
Production Date:
began 1 September 1985
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 February 1987
Copyright Number:
PA314223
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
82
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28081
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In an underground parking garage, Commandant Mauser, of the Mauser Police Academy, and his associate, Lieutenant Proctor, recruit two spies, Sergeants Blanks and Copeland, to acquire information about the state’s other training facility, Lassard Police Academy. Governor Neilson announces at Police Academy graduation that the state is tightening its belt, and a committee has been formed to study which facility will be shuttered. After the ceremony, Mauser offers favors to committee members, and compliments the governor on his speech, but the official refuses to read his special report on innovative training techniques. Meanwhile, the two spies that Mauser recruited assure Commandant Lassard at the rival academy that they are looking after his interests. Nevertheless, Lassard calls in a few exceptional graduates of the Lassard Police Academy to lend a hand. Lassard explains to Sgts. Cary Mahoney, Hightower, Tackleberry, and Lieutenant Callahan that despite the academy’s record of excellence, the state cannot afford to operate two academies. The officers understand that Lassard wants his academy to be the chosen one. At both academies, staffs welcome new cadets. Mauser tells Lt. Proctor he is not happy to see a slight Asian recruit named Nogata, who is part of an international exchange program with the Tojigawa Highway Patrol. Mauser orders Lt. Proctor to transfer Nogata to the rival academy. When Nogata arrives at Lassard Academy, the taxicab driver insists the fare is $700. Sgt. Cary Mahoney recognizes a scam when he sees one, and calls the towering Sergeant Hightower for assistance. Hightower removes the meter, rattles it around, and determines the real fare. Sgt. Mahoney notices an attractive blonde cadet named Karen Adams, and flirts with her, but she rejects his ... +


In an underground parking garage, Commandant Mauser, of the Mauser Police Academy, and his associate, Lieutenant Proctor, recruit two spies, Sergeants Blanks and Copeland, to acquire information about the state’s other training facility, Lassard Police Academy. Governor Neilson announces at Police Academy graduation that the state is tightening its belt, and a committee has been formed to study which facility will be shuttered. After the ceremony, Mauser offers favors to committee members, and compliments the governor on his speech, but the official refuses to read his special report on innovative training techniques. Meanwhile, the two spies that Mauser recruited assure Commandant Lassard at the rival academy that they are looking after his interests. Nevertheless, Lassard calls in a few exceptional graduates of the Lassard Police Academy to lend a hand. Lassard explains to Sgts. Cary Mahoney, Hightower, Tackleberry, and Lieutenant Callahan that despite the academy’s record of excellence, the state cannot afford to operate two academies. The officers understand that Lassard wants his academy to be the chosen one. At both academies, staffs welcome new cadets. Mauser tells Lt. Proctor he is not happy to see a slight Asian recruit named Nogata, who is part of an international exchange program with the Tojigawa Highway Patrol. Mauser orders Lt. Proctor to transfer Nogata to the rival academy. When Nogata arrives at Lassard Academy, the taxicab driver insists the fare is $700. Sgt. Cary Mahoney recognizes a scam when he sees one, and calls the towering Sergeant Hightower for assistance. Hightower removes the meter, rattles it around, and determines the real fare. Sgt. Mahoney notices an attractive blonde cadet named Karen Adams, and flirts with her, but she rejects his advances. Cadet Zed arrives on campus, and crashes his motorcycle into a flowerbed as Cadet Sweetchuck crashes his scooter into a parked police car. The cadets are assigned to be roommates, and Cadet Zed wakes Cadet Sweetchuck in the middle of the night with his bongo playing. Because of the disturbance, dormitory monitors order both recruits to collect garbage on campus. Instead, Cadet Zed attaches flashlights to some frisky police dogs to create the illusion they are cleaning up the grounds. The cadets go back to sleep under a tree. The next day, Mauser shows off the latest on-campus surveillance equipment to an official who has no influence with competition decision makers, but alerts him that the committee will tour Mauser Academy in two weeks. Cadets practice driving high speed chases, working with police dogs, and receive martial arts training. When Cadet Zed volunteers Cadet Nogata during a demonstration, the cadet’s skills are impressive. At night, Sgt. Tackleberry shoots the television set when cadets lag behind after lights out is called. At 3:00 a.m., dormitory monitors activate an alarm, and sleepy cadets are forced to do a run in town. At Lassard Academy, committee members take notes as cadets learn how to conduct raids. Mauser meets his spies, Sgts. Blanks and Copeland, and orders them to send Lassard cadets downtown to do fieldwork although they have not acquired the necessary skills to handle it. Sgts. Blanks and Copeland follow the plan, and the cadets sabotage a police lineup in front of committee members, which angers Lassard. Cadet Fackler gets involved in a high-speed chase as committee members ride along, and flips the patrol car. Later, at a bar, Sgt. Mahoney gives his colleagues a pep talk, but Mauser interrupts and reminds him that Lassard Academy is striking out with the committee. Lassard staff members decide to play a trick on Mauser to even the score. They blindfold him with masking tape to see if he can tell the difference between champagne and a glass of beer. He identifies the champagne and wins, but the tape accidentally removes the commandant's eyebrows. Lt. Proctor applies makeup to correct the problem. Lassard meets with cadets to demand their poor performance not be repeated. Sgt. Mahoney also gives cadets a pep talk. Later, Cadet Nogata seeks love advice from Sgt. Jones to manage his romantic feelings for Lt. Callahan. Cadet Nogata surprises the lieutenant with a single red rose, and compares her beauty to the flower. She replies that talk is cheap, and takes him to bed. At the Policepersons Ball, when Sgt, Copeland accidentally spills punch on Chief Hurst’s wife, Mauser is quick to point out that the officer is a Lassard staff member. Lt. Proctor taunts Sgt. Mahoney and his associates over their uninspiring competition scores. In retaliation, Sgt. Mahoney gets help from the local prostitute to humiliate the officer. In the middle of her seduction, she locks Sgt. Proctor out of the room while she changes. Several hotel guests see him in his briefs before he has a chance to escape. Back at the party, Mauser learns that his cadets are leading the competition, and lets Lassard know that he should prepare for the closure of his academy. Meanwhile, Lt. Proctor borrows a car with keys in the ignition for his getaway. When the car breaks down in a bad section of town, he uses two garbage can lids to cover his near-nakedness. To avoid being questioned by a passing patrol car, he ducks into the back door of a business, and discovers that he has stumbled into a homosexual biker bar. The next day, Chief Hurst announces to all the cadets that it is the last day of the competition, and they should behave as though they are already officers. At the dispatch center, Sgt. Blanks advises Cadet Fackler to send Sgt. Tackleberry and Cadet Sweetchuck to investigate a robbery in progress although Sgt. Hightower’s unit is closer. When Cadet Fackler sends out another call to Sgt. Hightower, sergeants Blanks and Copeland cause the dispatch screen to malfunction. The cadet gives wrong directions to the patrol car, causing it to topple into the bay. When the spies’ scrambler slips out of their hands, Sgt. Hooks confiscates it. At a Regatta intended as a political fundraiser, cadets guard Governor Neilson. An officer discovers rogue busboys in the kitchen carrying guns, and radios Sgt. Mahoney for backup. The fake wait staff fans out among the guests robbing them of their jewelry and money. When backup units approach the waterfront, they rent jet skis to reach the yacht club. Sgt. Hightower makes an arrest as the other robbers scatter. Sgts. Mahoney and Adams use jet skis to pursue the robbers who have taken the governor hostage in a motorboat. Sgt. Mahoney rams into the robbers and falls into the water, but he urges Cadet Adams to continue the chase. At the yacht club, other officers and cadets give chase on skis to help Sgt. Mahoney. He gets back on his jet ski, catches up to the motorboat, and knocks the robber overboard. Officers and cadets applaud Sgt. Mahoney for his heroism. The governor’s rescue tips the scales in favor of Lassard Academy, which will remain open and carry on its proud traditions. +

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