Police Story (1973–1987)
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Cadets Crawford, Ryan, and Keegan struggle to get through the Police Academy.


Barry Crane


Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Michael Donovan | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... J.D. Crawford
Gary Collins ... Bill Ryan
Jeremy Slate ... Officer Spencer
Jason Evers ... Sergeant Arnold
Clu Gulager ... Tim Keegan
Gail Strickland ... Julie Keegan
Michele Nichols Michele Nichols ... Mary Lou Crawford
Art Aragon Art Aragon ... Ramon Garcia
Noah Keen ... Sergeant Trivers
Richard Drout Miller Richard Drout Miller ... Officer Mandel
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Psycho (as Ken O'Brien)
Bobbi Jordan Bobbi Jordan ... Lois Bradford
John Gruber John Gruber ... Owens
Dale Tarter Dale Tarter ... Recruit #3
Arline Anderson Arline Anderson ... Woman


Cadets Crawford, Ryan, and Keegan struggle to get through the Police Academy.

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Release Date:

19 February 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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A sort of documentary disguised as a police academy story.
24 August 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Kurt Russel plays the rookie in this episode. We have already seen him in another story of this series, in a different character, although a cop too, a more experienced one, if I remember. It is not a classic routine daily cop burden here but it focuses, in the first part, on the cop instruction, drills and so on. And of course of the friendship between the rookie and another policeman. It emphasizes on the training for the patrolmen, with of course some tensions between the lead and some of his colleagues, fellow police academy academy colleagues. Some funny moments, not a total noir tale, but not a POLICE ACADEMY story either...It explains how hard it may be for a young cop to belong to the force and learn his new job. Interesting but nothing special. I will point out that this episode doesn't talk only about the rookie, but also about some of his partners.

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