Moving Violations (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Moving Violations (1985)





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Movie Info

In this flat attempt at comedy by the director of the Police Academy series, Neal Israel, a brash Dana Cannon (John Murray, brother of Bill) lands in a crooked re-education school for delinquent drivers, run by Deputy Halik (James Keach, brother of Stacey). The objective is to lord it over the miscreant drivers sent to the school (wrongly given citations and tickets by cops out to fill a quota, according to opening sequences) and make some money in the bargain. Deputy Halik has already decided to flunk out anyone in his classes, with the objective of impounding their cars and then auctioning off the vehicles to the highest bidders. Dana, the irrepressible new student, manages to unite the other put-upon drivers at the school into a single, determined faction -- and trouble quickly brews.


John Murray
as Dana Cannon
Jennifer Tilly
as Amy Hopkins
James Keach
as Deputy Halik
Sally Kellerman
as Judge Nedra Henderson
Brian Backer
as Scott Greeber
Ned Eisenberg
as Wink Barnes
Clara Peller
as Emma Jean
Wendie Jo Sperber
as Joan Pudillo
Nedra Volz
as Mrs. Loretta Houk
Fred Willard
as Terrence 'Doc' Williams
Lisa Hart Carroll
as Deputy Virginia Morris
Nadine Van der Velde
as Stephanie McCarty
Ben Mittleman
as Spencer Popadophalos
Victor Campos
as Raoul Bienveneda
Willard E. Pugh
as Jeff Roth
Elizabeth Arlen
as Concerned Passerby
Mitch Brown
as Quick 'n' Fast Employee
Don Cheadle
as Juicy Burgers Worker
Darlene Chehardy
as Potential Customer
William Forward
as Policeman
Vince Howard
as Jeff's Father
Jim Hudson
as Man in Mercedes
Alvin Ing
as Construction Foreman
Neal Israel
as Commuter #1
Robert Israel
as Commuter #2
Freeman King
as Cop with Halik
John Lykes
as Topper
Michael McManus
as Farmer #1
R.A. Mihailoff
as Farmer #2
Jamie Mizada
as Fruit Stand Employee
Tom McFadden
as Mr. McCarty
Gregory Norberg
as Sporting Goods Employee
Jimmy Ortega
as Spanish Immigration Officer
David Hyde Pierce
as Immigration Officer
Casey Sander
as Cop with Joan
Robert Saurman
as Police Lecturer
Jess Sofer
as Marathon Starter
Robert Conrad
as Chief (uncredited)
Greg Norberg
as Sporting Goods Employee
Danny Mauna
as Raoul's Youngest Child
Mark Mauna
as Raoul's Youngest Child
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Critic Reviews for Moving Violations

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

... just "Police Academy" all over again, without laughs.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A guilty pleasure with some big laughs. Zany fun.

September 21, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...a reasonably diverting way to kill 90 minutes...

July 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moving Violations

An enjoyable 80s comedy starring the brother of Bill Murray and the brother of Stacy Keach. You also got a young Jennifer Tilly, two dudes from The Burning, and Marty's sister from Back to the Future. Then, for toppers they throw in Fred Willard. If your into curios and obscure (and not so obscure) comedy character actors, this is the one for you. A niche market to say the least, but still a fun watch.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer


How many times did I watch this as a kid? Nine bajillion? Every single time it was on cable? I'm not sure why, but I just thought it was the greatest. It's okay. A good, cute time waster with John Murray doing the best impression of his brother that he can muster. Lots of fun familiar faces to be seen like Clara Peller (Where's the Beef?!) and Don Cheadle (!).

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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