When The Elders Look Us Over They See Reflections Of The Past We Ain't Afraid of Gettin' Older Ridin'
Hard, Ridin' Fast
Calling All Recruits To Come and Ride With Me Out On The Middle Of The Road Hear The
Sounds Of Love & Victory
Ride Hard, Live Free Ride The Winds To Fame & Glory Ride Hard, Live Free
- I Love To Rock Come & Ride With Me
And When You See The Lights - 'Signify'
Recruits Ride With Me Hey Recruits, Recruits, Recruits Ride With Me ...
On The Roads Of Tomorrow Speed
The Youth Of Today The Chrome Kings Of Power Built To Handle The Hi-Way
Kicking Up Metal Storms In Their
Warriors Boots Toughing Out The Hard Times In Torn Leather Suits
Ride Hard, Live Free Ride The Winds To
Fame And Glory Ride Hard, Live Free I Love To Rock Come & Ride With Me
And When You See The Lights
Recruits, Recruits, Recruits Ride With Me Hey Recruits, Recruits, Recruits
1986, Starring Alan Deveau, Annie McAuley, Lolita Davidovich. With Michael Stevens
and Sasha Dolgy. Directed by Rafal Zielinski. Produced by Maurice Smith.
Released in 1984, the film
"Police Academy" reaped a huge box office. It's continued popularity as a video rental eventually spawned a mind-blowing
six sequels, two television shows and a line of action figures. Although probably not the funniest, it has certainly remained
one of the most popular comedy franchises of the 1980s.
Now, let's get one thing straight-- Producer Maurice Smith's
film "Recruits" is an homage to "Police Academy". Just as his "Screwballs" aped "Porky's"
with no shame, "Recruits" makes no apologies about it's blatant bandwagon jump towards home video rental glory.
'Mayor Bagley' is excited to discover that the Governor is coming to his little town of 'Clam Cove' for an important
announcement. It looks like his town will finally be getting that freeway, a huge boost to their economy. To ensure that the
governor is suitably impressed, Bagley readies a parade and instructs 'Police Chief McGruder' to beef up the traffic patrol
with a temporary motorcycle unit made up of average citizens.
But McGruder and his hard-ass sidekick 'Sgt. Stonewall'
don't care about the town's budget problems— they have a different agenda. In a plan not quite worthy of Machiavelli,
McGruder figures that if he hires screw-ups, the Governor will fire the mayor, leaving his job ripe for the picking. This
presents a new problem: where to find a ragtag bunch of misfits to ineptly stumble through their duties (until such a time
arises that they are truly needed, whereby they single-handedly save the day, earn self-respect, and gain the love of their
peers to the chagrin of the unnecessarily cruel authority figures) on such short notice?
How about in McGruder's own
jail cell at the station? All four of our principal characters meet in the clink one day after a variety of minor infractions
involving naked girls. Alan Deveau apparently reprises his role of 'Howie' the nerd from "Screwballs", and along for
the ride are three more "nutty" characters. The smirking Mahoney/Steve Guttenberg role is shared by 'Steve' and 'Mike', throwing
in 'Winston', a black character who doesn't make any sounds with his mouth.
Even Smith knows you need more
than four characters for an ensemble comedy, so he wisely puts Stonewall out in front of the station with a clipboard. Under
McGruder's eye Stonewall rejects anyone even remotely qualified and instead enlists a call-girl named 'Brazil', the trigger
happy Eastwood-wannabe 'Clint' (filling the Tackleberry role), heavy metal biker 'Thunderhead' and the town drunk (who seems
mysteriously absent in many scenes). To round out the recruits and give Steve and Mike possibilities for some nude hijinks,
'Sybil' (nubile Loilta Davidovich) and the mayor’s daughter Tanya are also brought along for the ride.
immediately get back in training, tackling an obstacle course and a shooting range with pathetic and/or wacky results. Since
they were originally brought on the force as a motorcycle patrol, the film also gives everyone some time to embarass themselves
on the police bikes. Well, everyone except for Thunderhead, who expertly rips up a farmer's field to the strains of "Recruits:
Ride Hard, Live Free", written by Sneak Peek.ca webmaster Michael Stevens and guitarist Curtis Lee.
Following the Police Academy playbook closely, their first assignment proves that the new recruits
aren't quite ready. A rebel biker gang makes the team look more than a little foolish, and Winston is attacked in a country
bar by some good ol' boys.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bagely is concerned that terrorists are going to attack the Governor
and lay the whole city under siege, so he calls up McGruder and demands he put the deputized citizens on patrol the next day.
The Mayor should be afraid, because there is someone after the Governor— McGruder! The recruits get off to a bad start
when Steve and Sybil sneak off into a car at the airport to make love. Of course, it's the Governor's car, and when he gets
in the back, they chauffer him to the parade in the buff. The parade seems to pass without any problems, but when it comes
time to actually make the announcement, McGruder sets off a "cannon salute" with the intention of killing the Governor. But
he misses, and instead takes out the speaking platform. Unable to prevent the chaos that results, the recruits are all fired.
Until, of course, they are truly needed. After the other police officers get sick, the recruits are brought back on
to keep the traffic under control. Each also gets the chance to exact revenge from the first day on the job-- Winston scares
the hicks by taking a cougar into the country bar, and Thunderhead goes after the biker gang. Now, all they have to do is
figure out who tried to kill the governor to prove they were unfairly canned.
So what was the location for Smith's
latest screwball assignment: Miami Beach? No, actually Recruits was filmed at Central Ontario's bastion of spring-break
like teenage activity, Wasaga Beach. And really, when you think about, it's the perfect place for films like this. And when
I say "films like this" you know what I'm talking about. Recruits is one of the few Canadian sex comedies not to actually
use the "-balls" suffix, but it's comfortably within the same territory covered by fellow screwball film "Screwballs".
But seek "Recruits" out anyways. Although I won't pretend this isn't one in a series of clichéd, films,
some of the gags actually work. Canadians can delight seeing Lolita Davidovich in the buff and you can also busy
yourself by seeing if Alan Deveau's manic "Howie" character can chew scenery. And if all that fails, take comfort in the fact
that Winston is played by an actor named John Canada Terrell who also starred in a feature for auteur Spike Lee.