When a new gang moves into town it's up to the screwball police team to stop them.


Jerry Paris, James Signorelli (uncredited)


Neal Israel (characters created by), Pat Proft (characters created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Carey Mahoney
Bubba Smith ... Hightower
David Graf ... Tackleberry
Michael Winslow ... Larvell Jones
Bruce Mahler ... Doug Fackler
Marion Ramsey ... Laverne Hooks
Colleen Camp ... Kirkland
Howard Hesseman ... Pete Lassard
Art Metrano ... Lt. Mauser
George Gaynes ... Commandant Lassard
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Zed (as Bob Goldthwait)
Julie Brown ... Chloe
Peter Van Norden ... Vinnie Schtulman
Tim Kazurinsky ... Merchant
Ed Herlihy ... Dooley


Having earned their shiny new badges after graduating from the prestigious Police Academy (1984) of Commandant Eric Lassard, Officer Carey Mahoney, along with five other top graduates, find themselves transferred to the worst precinct in the city, run by Eric's brother, Captain Pete Lassard. As the town holds a record for crime rates, mainly because of the "Scullions", the mean local gang of the unhinged crime boss, Zed, the inexperienced recruits have a lot on their plate, while in the meantime, power-hungry Lieutenant Mauser is dreaming of making a name for himself. Now, only Mahoney and a coordinated undercover mission can thwart Mauser's plans. But, can the world's most eccentric police officers save the day? Written by Nick Riganas

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Watch out! They've got to clean up the worst crime district in the world. But that's no problem. They're the worst police force in the universe. See more »




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Did You Know?


G.W. Bailey's cameo appearance in this movie, marks the only time he worked with director Jerry Paris on a Police Academy project. The two had worked together only once prior, on an episode of Happy Days: Joanie Busts Out (1979). See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Mauser is addressing everyone at roll call, Officer Vinnie Schtulman is present sitting at one of the tables. Later the same day, after Mahoney shows up (he was getting a new uniform), he is sent to pick Vinnie up at home and Vinnie is just getting ready for work. See more »


Lt. Mauser: You're not playing with a full deck, are you?
Sergeant Proctor: Oh, I don't play cards.
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Alternate Versions

Hightower being mistaken as a female meter maid. See more »


Referenced in Dublin Murders: Episode #1.5 (2019) See more »


My Town
Written by Vera Clark
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After this sequel, Police Academy dried up what little laughs it already had!
19 August 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment was the last film to be remotely funny out of the further Academy films. No wonder almost every single orignal cast member dropped after the 4th film. My favorite character in this film however, and the only being who made it funny, was Bob Goldthwait. He and his raspy voice are hilarious, and make this film worth watching. I saw it on at 1 am once. I guess it's the only time slot the channel figure that no one will be watching. Anyway, it's worthy of a one time viewing, as the first, though they are both rip-offs of the film stripes. But still, see 1 & 2 once, and don't bother with the rest. 2.5/5 stars.


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Release Date:

29 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy II See more »


Box Office


$7,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,675,896, 31 March 1985

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