Police Academy 3: Back in Training is the third film in the Police Academy film series, released on March 21, 1986. It is also the first film in the series to have a PG rating and all films in the series afterwards received a PG rating
The film begins in a large garage structure, where Cpt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) and Commandant Mauser (Art Metrano) meet up with former Police Academy cadets, (now Sgts.) Chad Copeland (Scott Thomson) and Kyle Blankes (Brant van Hoffman). It seems one of the two Police Academy schools is getting the axe due to the state government's unwillingness to finance two academies, and Mauser wants Copeland and Blankes to make sure Lassard screws up. The men agree to the plan, knowing this may be their only chance at revenge.
After the governor's speech in which he will appoint a committee to evaluate which of the two schools should remain open, Mauser starts getting an edge by kissing up to the governor (offering the committee an escort, showing governor pages of useful tactics, etc.), Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) gets an idea on how to win: along with now Sgt. Jones (Michael Winslow) and Lt. Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), he calls back Sgt. Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg), Sgt. Hightower (Bubba Smith), and Sgt. Tackleberry (David Graf) to help train the new recruits. Among the new recruits are Sgt. Fackler's wife (Debralee Scott), whom Sgt. Fackler is against being trained to be a police officer, Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky), Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait), Karen Adams (Shawn Weatherly), and Tackleberry's brother-in-law Bud Kirkland (Andrew Paris). Tomoko Nogata (Brian Tochi) is at first a recruit of Mauser's academy, but Mauser transfers him in with Lassard's academy instead in hopes of sabotaging the latters academy further.
After a few weeks of training, Nogata is lovestruck over Callahan, and Sweetchuck contemplates quitting after his roommate Zed drives him crazy (although Tackleberry talks him out of it). Copeland and Blankes make the recruits do stuff that would make the committee think they were hopeless. Mauser wants them out on the field soon, knowing the committee will be there. The recruits fail, and are teased by Mauser and Proctor. However, Mahoney gets back at them by taping Mauser's eyes closed while doing a taste test. Proctor succeeds in removing the tape, but the tape pulls off Mauser's eyebrows.
Both Lassard and Mahoney give a pep talk to each of the cadets before training resumes. At the policeperson's ball, Mahoney meets up with his hooker friend from the first film and has her do a favor on Proctor after the latter insults Mahoney and Adams. The hooker tricks Proctor into removing all his clothes and then locking him out of the hotel room (much to the dismay of onlookers). He goes out and steals a car and drives to the academy. The car is out of gas, however, and Proctor enters a building, which to his horror turns out to be the Blue Oyster Bar. Meanwhile, Mauser insults Lassard in front of the recruits by telling him that he is winning (after he pestered Hurst so much that Hurst made him believe he was winning), so Mahoney gets him back by giving a speech at the ball and then putting the microphone in a pitcher of water. When Mauser grabs it, it electrocutes him.
On the final day of the cadet training/evaluation competition, one person from each school attends the governor's ball. (Proctor misunderstands and sends in two, one of whom portrayed by David James Elliott) Copeland and Blankes play with the computer system as cars are sent to wrong locations, but are caught by Hooks, who punches them out cold (possibly as payback when she learns that both men were helping Mauser in order to get back at Lassard for graduating them at the bottom of their class). At the governor's party, a gang of thieves dressed as busboys kidnap Hedges and take the governor hostage. The final choice of the most effective academy is proven when two of Mauser's cadets assigned to attend the party promptly faint upon being threatened by the thieves. Mauser and Proctor prove to be too overconfident and ineffective to react to the emergency, but Lassard's squad arrives in time to save the day and rescue the governor.
As a result of the governor's final judgement, Lassard's school stays open, and the epilogue shows Lassard making a speech on how the academy is grateful for the "many, many" recruits. The graduating class salutes to the camera before the film ends.
- Steve Guttenberg as Sgt. Carey Mahoney
- Bubba Smith as Sgt. Moses Hightower
- David Graf as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry
- Michael Winslow as Sgt. Larvell Jones
- Leslie Easterbrook as Lt. Debbie Callahan
- Marion Ramsey as Sgt. Laverne Hooks
- Bruce Mahler as Sgt. Douglas Fackler
- George Gaynes as Cmdt. Eric Lassard
The Other Academy
- Art Metrano as Cmdt. Mauser
- Lance Kinsey as Capt. Proctor
- Scott Thomson as Sgt. Chad Copeland
- Debralee Scott as Cadet Fackler
- Tim Kazurinsky as Cadet Sweetchuck
- Brian Tochi as Cadet Tomoko Nogata
- Andrew Paris as Cadet Bud Kirkland
- Bobcat Goldthwait as Cadet Zed
- Shawn Weatherly as Cadet Karen Adams
- David Huband as Cadet Hedges
- Marcia Watkins as Cadet Sarah
- R. Christopher Thomas as Cadet Baxter #1
- David James Elliott as Cadet Baxter #2
- George R. Robertson as Commissioner Henry Hurst
- Ed Nelson as Governor Neilson
The film was shot at least partially in Toronto, Canada. The city skyline is clearly identifiable in the concluding 'yacht club' scenes. There is also the scene where the female recruit drives the police car up and over a dirt pile out of an alley. at the end of the alley, there is a Toronto Sun paper box.
The film received negative reviews.
The film debuted at number one at the box office. The film grossed $43,579,163 in the United States making it the 17th highest grossing film of 1986 in the United States. The film had competition from films such as Top Gun, "Crocodile" Dundee, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Karate Kid, Part II and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. When released on VHS it grossed $21 million in the United State