Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach
|Police Academy 5:|
Assignment Miami Beach
Theatrical release poster by Carl Ramsey
|Directed by||Alan Myerson|
|Written by||Stephen Curwick|
|Music by||Robert Folk|
|Edited by||Hubert C. de la Bouillerie|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
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.
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 diamonds.
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's 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 isn't 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 Commandant Lassard will be allowed to continue his duties as Commandant until he sees fit to retire, much to Harris' chagrin, as well as Hightower's promotion to Lieutenant.
Lassard is seen proudly graduating the new class. As form of revenge for Harris' earlier sabotage against his uncle, Nick intentionally moves the chair away from Harris. Proctor tries to help him, but kicks the chair too hard and sending both it and Harris on a collision into the drum set. As the police marching band walks off in parade, Harris is seen screaming for Proctor to help him.
- Michael Winslow as Sgt. Larvell Jones
- David Graf as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry
- Bubba Smith as Sgt./Lt. Moses Hightower
- Marion Ramsey as Sgt. Laverne Hooks
- Leslie Easterbrook as Lt. Debbie Callahan
- Tab Thacker as Officer Thomas 'House' Conklin
- George Gaynes as Cmdt. Eric Lassard
- G. W. Bailey as Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- Lance Kinsey as Lt. Proctor
- George R. Robertson as Commissioner Henry Hurst
- Matt McCoy as Sgt. Nick Lassard
- Janet Jones as Officer Kate
- René Auberjonois as Tony
- Archie Hahn as Mouse
- James Hampton as Mayor of Miami
- Scott Weinger as Shark Attack Kid
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach debuted at number 1 at the 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.
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