Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

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Police Academy 5:
Assignment Miami Beach
Police Academy 5 Miami Florida.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Alan Myerson
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Donald West
Written by Stephen Curwick
Starring Bubba Smith
David Graf
Michael Winslow
Leslie Easterbrook
Marion Ramsey
Janet Jones
Lance Kinsey
Matt McCoy
G. W. Bailey
George Gaynes
Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography James Pergola
Edited by Hubert C. de la Bouillerie
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
Running time
90 min.
Country United States
Language $19,510,371 (Domestic)[1]

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach is the 1988 installment in the Police Academy series, launched in 1984. The film was given a PG rating for language and ribald humor.

Steve Guttenberg was unable to star in this film, due to scheduling conflicts with filming Three Men and a Baby. Instead, the filmmakers decided to cast Matt McCoy as a new character.[2]

Plot[edit]

Captain Harris finally finds the goods he needs to push Commandant Eric Lassard out at the Police Academy: he is one year late for mandatory retirement. But before he retires, Lassard is chosen as "Police Officer of the Decade", and brings his favorite graduates—Sgts. Hightower, Jones, Tackleberry and Hooks, Lt. Callahan, and new graduate Officer Thomas "House" Conklin—to the National Police Chiefs Convention in Miami Beach to celebrate with him. While there, they meet his nephew, Sgt. Nick Lassard of the Miami Police Department. Lassard unwittingly takes a bag belonging to jewel thieves containing stolen merchandise.

As the jewel thieves try to get the bag back, and Captain Harris tries to prove to Commissioner Hurst that he's the right man to replace Commandant Lassard, the usual hijinks ensue, including Lassard trying to guess the annual procedural demonstration. When the jewel thieves kidnap Commandant Lassard, he goes willingly, thinking it is indeed the procedural demonstration. It launches a negotiation, which Captain Harris botches, getting himself captured as well. A chase across the Everglades ensues to rescue the oblivious Commandant. In a standoff with the smugglers, Nick explains to his uncle that the situation is not a demonstration and that his kidnappers are in fact real criminals. Lassard, upon hearing this information, promptly disarms and subdues his assailants to the amazement of all the officers. At a ceremony at the end of the film, Commissioner Hurst announces that Commadant Lassard will be allowed to continue his duties as Commadant until he sees fit to retire himself, much to Harris' chagrin, as well as Hightower's promotion to Lieutenant.

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Reception[edit]

The movie received negative reaction from critics.[3][4][5] As of March 14, 2013 it has a 0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes [6]

Box Office[edit]

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach debuted at number 1 at the U.S. box office when it opened on March 18, 1988 with a weekend gross of $6,106,661. It would go on to earn a domestic box office total of $19,510,371. The film faced strong competition in early 1988 from such high-profile comedy releases as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming To America, Big, Crocodile Dundee II, Beetlejuice, Bull Durham, Biloxi Blues, The Great Outdoors, Big Business and Funny Farm. [7]

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