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The collapse of her first marriage contributed to Sharon Stone's decision to work on this movie. Of wanting to have some fun after a difficult period in her life, Sharon said, "hanging out with a gang of comedians, it was the best therapy."
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Bobcat Goldthwait and Tim Kazurinsky were brought on-board at the last minute to replace Bruce Mahler (Fackler), who was dropped from the film, due to negotiations falling apart over his pay. Also, as a result of this, the Fackler character ended up being omitted from Police Academy: The Series (1988), and the comic book.
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Despite being afraid of heights, David Graf agreed to be taken up in the biplane to have the necessary aerial shots filmed.
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Bobcat Goldthwait said he had the most fun on this film and Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), because he got to spend a lot of time with his friend Tim Kazurinsky (Sweetchuck).
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This movie features the final appearance of the Mimico Lunatic Asylum. The iconic location was used as the Academy campus in the first, third, and fourth movies.
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(At around five minutes) The shot where Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait) catches the golf ball in his mouth was filmed in reverse.
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This was David Spade's first film role. According to Steve Guttenberg's biography, "The Guttenberg Bible", Guttenberg took Spade under his wing during the shooting of this movie in Toronto, Ontario. Guttenberg also bought Spade an expensive Rolex watch.
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Tony Hawk said this was the only job, from which he was ever fired. Most of the stunt doubles were from the Bones Brigade because their manager, former pro skateboarder Stacy Peralta, worked as a second unit director on the film. As it turned out, Hawk was replaced as a stunt double for David Spade, because he was too tall.
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The last Police Academy movie to feature the Blue Oyster bar.
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G.W. Bailey once recalled with good humor how, while on-location for the courtroom scene, someone approached him and said, "Gee, did you ever think that this is where your career would lead you; doing a fart joke in a Toronto courtroom?"
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Contrary to popular belief, the absence of Art Metrano (who played Mauser in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) and Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)) was not due to his fall which left him paralyzed. The fall occurred in September 1989, two years after this movie was released.
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The latter portion of the scene featuring Harris and Proctor at The Blue Oyster bar, was originally written for Art Metrano and Lance Kinsey in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986). However, the scene was removed from the final draft for Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and used in this movie instead, with Mauser's lines being reassigned to Harris.
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(At around eight minutes) The verse recited by the poet was taken from the poem Lycidas, written by John Milton.
According to the script, the full names of David Spade's and Brian Backer's characters are Kyle Rumford and Arnie Lewis, though only their first names are mentioned in the film.
Despite the entire series' negative reception, this was the only Police Academy movie to get a Razzie Award nomination. Brian Wilson's "Let's Go to Heaven in my Car" was nominated for Worst Original Song. It lost to "I Want Your Sex" from Beverly Hills Cop II (1987).
In 2015, G.W. Bailey was asked if any of the stunts from his Police Academy appearances had ever gone wrong. He reflected upon this film, and the scene dealing with the German shepherd that appeared to bite his crotch area. He said that the dog was only supposed to nuzzle in the general area, but it was actually a little more aggressive, of which Bailey reflected as a close call.
Kay Hawtrey's second appearance in a Police Academy movie. She appears in this movie as the poetess, and makes an uncredited appearance in the first movie as the lady who says "Surprise!", after Tackleberry inadvertently shoots up his own farewell party.
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A Police Academy spin-off titled "Commando School" was being planned at the time of this movie's initial release. The proposed series never made it to the production phase.
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Steve Guttenberg's final appearance as Mahoney, until his announced return to the franchise over three decades later in the eighth Police Academy movie.
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Originally supposed to be filmed immediately after Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), but production was held up by the death of Part 3's director, Jerry Paris.
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The exterior of the stadium under construction, into which Proctor was lifted, was the then-under construction Toronto SkyDome (now Rogers Centre).
Proctor (Lance Kinsey) is the only character in the series to be demoted. In this film, Proctor is a lieutenant, while in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), he was a captain. So, presumably, when Mauser's police academy was shut down, Proctor was demoted and reassigned.
Steve Guttenberg and Sharon Stone were roughed up, when their hot air balloon encountered a very bumpy landing, after completion of the final scene.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk appeared as one of Arnie and Kyle's skateboard buddies.
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Tackleberry's wife was not initially intended to appear in the film, as Colleen Camp was unavailable for the originally planned shooting dates, which were back-to-back with those of the third film. However, the delay resulting from having to hire a new director after the death of Jerry Paris meant that Camp ended up being available after all, and her character was given a one-scene cameo appearance.
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(At around thirty-four minutes) A box was placed in the swimming pool for Leslie Easterbrook, on which to stand, while filming her water safety rescue scene.
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When Nogata reunites with Callahan in a seemingly intimate moment, she informs him that "in America, talk is cheap", just as she said to him when they first met in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986).
In cinemas, this movie's intermission happened right at the end of the scene where Harris warns the cadets of fines for misplacing their mace canisters, and Zed responds with "Bye!"
Lance Kinsey's pregnant wife Nancy was due to give birth during production. Lance asked director Jim Drake if it was in any way possible that they could have Proctor's scenes filmed early on, so Lance could go and be with his wife when she gave birth. Drake was happy to accommodate Kinsey's request, shuffling the schedule to wrap Proctor's scenes early. Lance caught a flight home on November 12th, just in time for the Kinseys to welcome their first son into the world on November 14th, 1986.
After it became clear that Jerry Paris would not be able to direct the film, Screenwriter Gene Quintano was offered the chance to take over as director. He turned the offer down, not feeling confident enough in his abilities, and so Jim Drake directed it instead. On the day of the film's premiere, Quintano told Paul Maslansky that he regretted turning down the director's chair, and so Maslansky offered him the job of writing and directing For Better or For Worse (1989), which this time Quintano accepted immediately.
The football stadium scene was filmed during the pre-game for the 1986 Mazda Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, featuring the Stanford University Cardinals vs. the Clemson University Tigers. The logistics of organizing a film shoot in Florida gave Paul Maslansky the inspiration for the following sequel, Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988).
The scene where Copeland chases Arnie and Kyle through the shopping mall was filmed at Woodbine Centre in Toronto, which is also the shopping mall where the Komodo dragon chase scene in The Freshman (1990) was filmed.
(At around ten minutes) When Tackleberry is having dinner with his in-laws, the wedding photo from Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985) is seen behind Colleen Camp.
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In early drafts, Mr. Kirkland (Arthur Batanides) was enrolled in the Citizens on Patrol program. Bud Kirkland's role was also meant to be bigger, but was cut down to only one scene, after the death of Andrew Paris' father, Jerry Paris, who had been scheduled to direct the film.
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During the scene where Captain Harris straddles the chain link fence, G.W. Bailey's stunt double willingly took a hard fall directly onto the pavement, with no mat to protect him.
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Two versions of the pool scene were filmed. One had Leslie Easterbrook in a wet t-shirt with her breasts exposed. In the family friendly version of the scene, Callahan's t-shirt was not see-through. The latter version was used in the official trailer.
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This is the last time we see Mahoney, Nogata, Copeland, Sweetchuck, and Zed. Although Tim Kazurinsky (Sweetchuck) had a guest appearance on Police Academy: The Series (1997) as a janitor.
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Jack Creley's second appearance in a Police Academy film, after also appearing as an evaluation committee member in Police Academy 3. This film marks Creley's final film role.
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(At around fifty-eight minutes) The magazine Captain Harris is reading while lying in the hospital bed, is a copy of Sports Illustrated's 1986 Swimsuit Issue, with Elle Macpherson on the cover.
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Michael Winslow (Jones), David Graf (Tackleberry), and George Gaynes (Commandant Lassard) are the only actors who appeared in all seven Police Academy movies. Winslow even goes a step beyond this, as he is the only actor who appeared in all seven Police Academy movies, but also had a regular role on Police Academy: The Series (1997).
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There are a couple of references to Warner Brothers Production Executive Bruce Berman. There is an announcement heard in the hospital, paging "Dr. Berman". Also, Mrs. Feldman is a resident of the "Berman Retirement Home", as displayed on the building's entrance sign. Due to Bruce's friendship with Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky, Berman would later go on to be announced as executive producer for the eighth film in the series ( which never happened) , when Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow were still involved.
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The banner for the "Williams County Air Show" is a reference to production designer Trevor Williams.
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Jean Frenette's second appearance in a Police Academy film. He played the karate instructor in Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986), and returned here as a ninja. In both movies, Frenette shared his scenes with Michael Winslow and Brian Tochi.
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(At around nine minutes) Zed's line "Gene, Gene made a machine" is a reference to Gene Quintano.
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Brian Backer (Arnie) and Scott Thomson (Sergeant Copeland) appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
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This is the only Police Academy movie where Captain Harris appears with Zed and Sweetchuck.
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This is the first time Harris would be Captain and also the first time he works with Proctor.
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This is the second film released in 1987 to feature Randall "Tex" Cobb as an incarcerated inmate, following Critical Condition (1987).
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Corinne Bohrer ( Laura ) and Brian Tochi ( Nogata ) appear together in Revenge Of The Nerds IV Nerds In Love 1994 .
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G.W. Bailey reprises his role as Captain Harris, having been passed over in favour of Art Metrano (Mauser) as the antagonist in Police Academy 2 & 3.
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GW Bailey and Lance Kinsey first met each other just prior to the scene where their hot air balloon lands in the falls. Stuntmen were positioned at the edge of the falls, with a rope strung across, to pull the actors out, in the event they drifted too close to the edge. Lance described that moment as an immediate bonding experience. The two have become best friends ever since.
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The Police Academy films follow one of two narrative styles. The first style, used in the first, third and fourth films, features the academy prominently, whilst the villains only appear at the end, whilst the second style used in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh films consists of brief uses of the academy whilst the villains are featured throughout the film.
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