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Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Alternate Title: Police Academy II
Director: Jerry Paris (Dir)
Release Date:   29 Mar 1985
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 Mar 1985
Production Date:   17 Oct 1984--early Jan 1985
Duration (in mins):   87
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Cast: Starring: Steve Guttenberg (Carey Mahoney)  
    Bubba Smith (Hightower)  
    David Graf ([Eugene] Tackleberry)  
    Michael Winslow (Larvell Jones)  
    Bruce Mahler (Doug Fackler)  
    Marion Ramsey (Laverne Hooks)  
    Colleen Camp ([Kathleen] Kirkland)  
    Art Metrano (Lt. Mauser)  
    Howard Hesseman ([Captain] Pete Lassard)  
  and George Gaynes (Commandant [Eric] Lassard) as Commandant Lassard
  Also starring: Bob Goldthwait (Zed)  
    Julie Brown (Chloe)  
    Peter Van Norden (Vinnie Schtulman)  
    Tim Kazurinsky (Merchant)  
    Ed Herlihy (Dooley)  
  [and] Sandy Ward (Sistrunk)  
    Lance Kinsey (Proctor)  
    Christopher Jackson (Mojo)  
    Church Ortiz (Flacko)  
    George R. Robertson (Chief Hurst)  
    Arthur Batanides (Old man Kirkland)  
    Jackie Joseph (Mrs. Kirkland)  
    Andrew Paris (Bud Kirkland)  
    Monica Parker (Namu)  
    Kenji Shintani (Japanese chef) of Benihana
    Jennifer Darling (Mayor)  
    Lucy Lee Flippin (Mom in Mercedes)  
    Jason Hervey (Brat)  
    Diana Bellamy (Nurse)  
    Julie Paris (Check-out girl)  
    Debra Dusay (Preppy girl)  
    Jim Boyce (Preppy boy)  
    Tim Haldeman (Tim)  
    Bert Williams (Bartender)  
    Pamela Matteson (Slit)  
    Bufort L. McClerkins, Jr. (Gang member)  
    Conrad Hurtt (Gas station attendant)  
    William Yamadera (Greengrocer)  
    Morris Beers (Crook)  
    Jerry Paris (Ferris wheel attendant)  

Summary: After the city is taken over by an unknown gang, Chief Hurst gives Captain Pete Lassard thirty days to turn his department around and rid the city of criminals. Lassard is given permission to hire six new officers to achieve his mission. Behind his back, Lieutenant Mauser is told he can take over the role of captain if Lassard fails. Captain Lassard telephones his brother, Commandant Eric Lassard, who runs a Police Academy, and asks him to send over six recruits. Officers Laverne Hooks, Doug Fackler, Eugene Tackleberry, Hightower, Larvell Jones, and Carey Mahoney arrive at the 16th Precinct, and the captain explains their mission to identify gang members, find their hideout, and arrest them. The rookies are paired with partners, and set out to patrol the streets. Tackleberry is unhappy with his new partner, Kathleen Kirkland, and lets his disappointment be known. Elsewhere, a local business owner, Mr. Sistrunk, is robbed at gunpoint by two thugs. Mahoney and his partner, Dooley, witness the crime. They radio for backup, but Lt. Mauser orders them to enter the building on their own. However, the other recruits arrive on the scene, and engage in a bumbling shoot-out with each other. The gang members continue to terrorize the community, and vandalize a grocery store. Drinking at a bar after hours, Tackleberry tells Mahoney about his developing feelings for his partner, Kirkland, and admits to being a virgin. Sometime later, Lt. Mauser gives Mahoney a menial assignment monitoring the carbon monoxide levels inside a traffic tunnel. Mahoney plays a prank on Mauser, exchanging Epoxy for his shampoo, causing Mauser’s hands to get stuck in his hair. To free his hands, Mauser is forced to cut his hair, and wear a wig to cover the bald spots. Captain Lassard chases gang members into an alley, but is ambushed and covered in spray paint by the thugs. He returns to the station, fired up, and demands the officers catch the crooks. Officers Larvell and Hightower each single-handedly fight and arrest several gang members, and Lassard celebrates their forty-two arrests. However, Lt. Mauser sabotages the captain and releases the inmates, citing unnecessary use of force by the officers. Mahoney retaliates by sending a nurse to give Mauser a cavity search. Sometime later, Takleberry takes Kirkland on a date. At the end of the night, they profess their love for each other. Lassard blames his troubles on the new recruits, and asks his brother Eric for help. Eric suggests he throw a street fair to unite the community. The gang members arrive at the fair, and havoc ensues. Lassard quits his post, knowing that his job is on the line, and Mauser takes over as captain. Mauser demands to know who pulled the prank on him. Mahoney confesses, and is suspended from the police force. Lassard meets secretly with Mahoney at a bar, and asks him to go undercover to infiltrate the gang. Mahoney agrees, disguises himself as a thug named “Jughead,” and vandalizes a phone booth in front of gang members, Flacko and Mojo. They invite him to meet their leader, Zed, and to join their gang, the “Scullions.” After “Jughead’s” destructive behavior on the street, police arrive to arrest him, but Mahoney’s friend, Officer Larvell Jones, recognizes him, and keeps Mahoney’s identity a secret. Sometime later, Lassard tapes a toy microphone to Mahoney’s chest, and follows behind as he is driven by Flacko and Mojo to meet Zed at their hideout in an abandoned zoo. Lassard radios for backup, and officers rush to help. Mauser arrives at the zoo, and attempts to take over the operation from Lassard, but bungles the arrests. Inside an abandoned animal lair, Zed and Mahoney have a knife fight. As Zed flees, Lassard holds him at gunpoint and arrests him. The officers celebrate his capture, and welcome Lassard back as their captain. In time, everyone attends the wedding of Tackleberry and Kirkland. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures (A Warner Communications Company)
  The Ladd Company  
Production Text: The Ladd Company Presents
A Paul Maslansky Production
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures (A Warner Communications Company)
Director: Jerry Paris (Dir)
  Sascha Schneider (Prod mgr)
  Don Heitzer (1st asst dir)
  Roger Joseph Pugliese (1st asst dir)
  Sandra M. Middleton (2d asst dir)
  Jeff Stolow (2d asst dir)
Producer: Paul Maslansky (Prod)
  Leonard Kroll (Co-prod)
  John Goldwyn (Exec prod)
Writer: Barry Blaustein (Wrt)
  David Sheffield (Wrt)
Photography: James Crabe (Dir of photog)
  Michael A. Benson (Cam op)
  Joseph E. Thibo (1st cam asst)
  Richard J. Beban (2d cam asst)
  Elliott Marks (Still photog)
  John Brumshagen (Gaffer)
  Thomas P. Cox (Best boy)
  John E. London (Key grip)
  Tom May, II (Best boy)
  Dennis McLean (Dolly grip)
  John London, Jr. (Grip)
  Glen Noorda (Grip)
  Patrick Ralston (Lamp op)
  Rudy Pohlert (Lamp op)
  Charles Smock (Lamp op)
Art Direction: Trevor Williams (Prod des)
  Rhiley Fuller (Tech adv to art dept)
  Rebekah Williams (Asst to art dept)
Film Editor: Bob Wyman (Ed)
  Don Guidice (Addl ed by)
  Jack Harnish (Addl ed by)
  Ben Williams (Asst film ed)
  Christopher Kroll (Asst film ed)
  Kristen McCray (Asst film ed)
  Donah Bassett (Negative cutting)
Set Decoration: Dennis Peeples (Set dec)
  Bob Furginson (Set dec)
  Sal Sommatino (Prop master)
  Thomas Miller (Asst prop master)
  Mike Garcia (Leadman)
  Steve Nelson (Set dresser)
  Larry Johnson (Set dresser)
  Richard Lind (Const coord)
  Ron Megowan (Head painter)
  Randy Woodward (Painter)
  Anthony J. Leonardi, Jr. (Painter and signmaker)
Costumes: Bernie Pollack (Cost)
  Nick Scarano (Ward)
  Kathy O'Rear (Ward)
  Tom Dickason (Ward)
Music: Robert Folk (Mus comp)
  Christopher Brooks (Mus ed)
  Robert Fernandez (Scoring mixer)
  Paula Spang (Mus coord)
Sound: Dale Johnston (Supv sd ed)
  Stu Chasmar (Sd ed)
  Ed Hirsh (Sd ed)
  Charles W. McCann (Sd ed)
  Dan Finnerty (Sd ed)
  Dennis Diltz (Sd ed)
  Bill Nelson (Prod sd mixer)
  David Kelson (Sd rec)
  Richard Weaver (Re-rec mixer)
  Michael Jiron (Re-rec mixer)
  Allen Stone (Re-rec mixer)
  Tom Ruff (ADR mixer)
  Gail Clark (ADR ed)
  Adam Johnston (Asst sd ed)
  Ringo De Van Nuys (Boom op)
  Jules Strasser (Boom op)
Special Effects: Richard Ratliff (Spec eff coord)
  James Fredburg (Spec eff)
  John B. Robles (Spec eff)
  Steven Wolke (Spec eff)
  John J. Hawkins (Spec eff)
  Pacific Title (Titles and opticals)
Make Up: Steve Abrums (Makeup artist)
  Michael F. Blake (Makeup artist)
  Dorothea Long (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Fern Champion (Casting)
  Pamela Basker (Casting)
  Richard Rosenberg (Loc mgr)
  Kenneth Fix (Loc mgr)
  Ray Quiroz (Scr supv)
  Kevin Jones (Prod assoc)
  Kelliann Ladd (Prod assoc)
  Uriy Kuznetsov (Prod assoc)
  Bob Hendrix (Transportation coord)
  Eddie Wirth (Transportation capt)
  Rob Bloch (Dog trainer)
  Kim Lindemoen (Dog trainer)
  Critters of the Cinema (Animals supplied by)
  The Atmosphere Agency (Extra casting)
  Susan Roether (Prod secy)
  Dolores Morris (Asst to Mr. Paris)
  Patricia Johnson (Pub)
  Mark Holub (Casting assoc)
  Lansing Parker (Casting, extras)
  Mary Williamson (Casting, extras)
  Bill Wells (Prod accountant)
  Suzanne Vissotzky (Asst prod accountant)
  Jan Tucker (Craft service)
  Regina Montgomery (First aid)
  Howard Jackson (Transportation co-capt)
  Peter Chitell (Driver)
  Bob Simpson (Driver)
  David H. Cooper (Driver)
  Harold Muehlig (Driver)
  Tony Borella (Driver)
  Gary E. Kincaid (Driver)
  Steve Hunter (Driver)
  Angelo Capodanno (Driver)
Stand In: Dar Robinson (Stunts)
  Wink Roberts (Stunts)
  Angelo Reno (Stunts)
  Karen Price (Stunts)
  Cindy Wills (Stunts)
  Alan Oliney (Stunts)
  Bob Elmore (Stunts)
  Daniel Barringer (Stunts)
  Hubie Kerns (Stunts)
  Kenneth Bates (Stunts)
  Bernhard Pock (Stunts)
  Gene Hartline (Stunts)
  Ted Duncan (Stunts)
  Victor Paul (Stunts)
  Spiro Razatos (Stunts)
  Thomas Rosales (Stunts)
  Tom Morga (Stunts)
  Brian Williams (Stunts)
  David Lebell (Stunts)
  Bill Ryusaki (Stunts)
  Joe Dunne (Stunt coord)
Color Personnel: Richard Ritchie (Col timer)
  Technicolor® (Col by)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English
Series: Police Academy

Music:
Songs: "Dirty Work," performed by Tony Warren, written by Gary Goetzman & Mike Piccirillo, produced by Tena R. Clark; "My Town," written by Vera Clark; "Thin Ice," performed by Pam Tillis, written by Tena R. Clark & Wayne Perkins, produced by Tena R. Clark, published by Catdaddy Music; "Johnny Get The Handcuffs," performed, written and produced by Moon Martin, published by Rockslam Music & Bug Music; "Temporary Insanity," performed by The Townsends, written by Linsey White, Michael Rochelle & Steve Berry, produced by Mike Piccirillo & Gary Goetzman; "The Secret Is Safe," performed by Michael DesBarres & Holly Knight, written by Michael DesBarres & Nigel Harrison, produced by Michael Chapman, published by Careers & Tea Time Tunes & Makiki.
Composer: Steve Berry
  Tena R. Clark
  Vera Clark
  Michael DesBarres
  Gary Goetzman
  Nigel Harrison
  Moon Martin
  Wayne Perkins
  Mike Piccirillo
  Michael Rochelle
  Linsey White
Source Text: Based on characters created by Neal Israel & Pat Proft

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
The Ladd Company 1/7/1985 dd/mm/yyyy PA255002

PCA NO: 27730
Physical Properties: Sd:
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  Lenses: Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®

 
Genre: Comedy
  Comedy
Sub-Genre: Action
  Police
 
Subjects (Major): Criminals
  Gangs
  Police
  Undercover operations
 
Subjects (Minor): Arrests
  Bars
  Hideouts
  Practical jokes
  Revenge
  Robbery
  Sabotage
  Vandalism
  Virginity
  Women police

Note: The following title card appears in opening credits: "The city is a dangerous place. The graduates of Police Academy, Class of '84, are a determined group of men and women ready for their first assignment. Is the city ready for them?"
       End credits include the following acknowledgement: "Family Affair clip courtesy of Viacom Enterprises."
       Following the successful opening of 1984’s Police Academy (see entry), The Ladd Company immediately began work on the sequel, and a spring 1985 release date was announced in the 30 Mar 1984 DV. The 3 Apr 1984 HR reported the working title, Police Academy II.
       According to the 3 Jul 1984 HR, principal photography would begin 18 Aug 1984 in Toronto, Canada, under the direction of Jim Signorelli. However, the 27 Nov 1984 HR reported that after three weeks of filming, Signorelli was replaced by Jerry Paris, citing “creative differences.” Budget concerns and delays in production were the rumored to be the true cause of Signorelli’s departure on the $10 million picture.
       Although the 18 Dec 1984 HR production chart announced a 24 Oct 1984 start date, production notes in AMPAS library files report principal photography under Paris began 17 Oct 1984, in Los Angeles, CA. According to the 27 Dec 1984 DV, producer Paul Maslansky requested that the three weeks of footage filmed by Jim Signorelli be reshot, as it was “not in the style” he wanted. DV listed the new budget as $8 million, and stated that Maslansky was already planning to begin production on the third film in the series, then titled Police III, in the summer of 1985.
       Production notes report that the building used for the “16th Precinct” exterior was the same one used as the headquarters in the 1984 film, Ghostbusters (see entry). Another location of note was a bear pit in the old Griffith Park Zoo, which served as the “Scullions” hideout. The film’s street fair scene featured a cameo by director Jerry Paris, who began his career as an actor, as the Ferris wheel attendant. The street fair sequence was filmed during “hurricane-force winds,” and cast and crew reportedly dodged falling glass from broken light strings throughout the shoot, according to production notes.
       The 9 Jan 1985 Var announced principal photography would finish that week, $250,000 over the $7.8 million budget.
       Despite the 1 Apr 1985 HR film review’s observation, “dialogue is about as limp as the criminal justice system,” the sequel broke a ten-day record, opening with $23,780,362 on 1,613 screens, according to the 11 Apr 1985 DV. The Jun 1985 Box announced $32 million in earnings after seventeen days.
       The 1 Aug 1986 HR announced a lawsuit was filed against Warner Bros. Entertainment by Source Entertainment, Smashing Pictures, Neal Israel and Pat Proft, over film profits.
       The Police Academy franchise included four additional sequels: Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986), Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol (1987), Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988), and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989, see entries). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   Jun 1985.   
Daily Variety   30 Mar 1984.   
Daily Variety   31 Aug 1984.   
Daily Variety   12 Nov 1984.   
Daily Variety   27 Dec 1984.   
Daily Variety   11 Apr 1985.   
Hollywood Reporter   3 Apr 1984.   
Hollywood Reporter   3 Jul 1984.   
Hollywood Reporter   27 Nov 1984.   
Hollywood Reporter   18 Dec 1984.   
Hollywood Reporter   1 Apr 1985   p. 3, 17.
Hollywood Reporter   1 Aug 1986.   
Los Angeles Times   1 Apr 1985   Section J, p. 3.
New York Times   31 Mar 1985   p. 55.
Variety   9 Jan 1985   p. 6, 30.
Variety   3 Apr 1985   p. 14.

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