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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 18 March 1988 (USA)
The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. ... See full summary »



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The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic Captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job. Harris wants to place himself in a favourable light in front of the high military hierarchy but, at the airport, Lassard exchanges his bag with another one... Written by Tognacci Sebastiano <seblog@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Assignment: Miami Beach. Objective: Laughs. See more »


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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Police Academy V  »

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$19,510,371 (USA)

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The first movie in the series where the location it takes place in is actually named (Miami Beach). This would not happen again until the seventh movie, which took place in Moscow. All the other movies take place in an unnamed American city. See more »


One of the exterior shots reveal that the plane is an L-1011 which is similar to a DC-10 except the engine on the tail is directly above and attached to the rear main cabin, and parallel to the top of the fuselage, whereas on a DC-10 the engine is part of the tail assembly but not attached to the rear part of the cabin and sits at about a 20 degree angle. See more »


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Sgt. Larvell Jones: Must be the drugs.
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26 June 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Alas, most of the funny actors have moved on and as a result this instalment of the ongoing 'Police Academy' saga is almost poignant in its attempts to wring laughs from a cast largely made up of actors with no talent for comedy, and in some cases, acting in general. Not that it makes a massive difference to the laugh count: in the first of his two scripts for the series, writer Stephen J. Curwick takes the novel approach of including hardly any gags, which oddly enough works rather well, as the irritation of watching laboured set-ups lead to nonexistent pay-offs has vanished.

To be fair, there are a few bits that work: a cheap but funny farting-in-a-lift gag; Lassard getting kidnapped and helping his abductors because he thinks it's all a prank; and a 'Jaws' spoof in which Tackleberry scares the shark away by threatening it with a gun ('Cease and desist, mister!'). G.W. Bailey runs through the usual Harris shtick - pratfalls, practical jokes - and he's watchable, as always, but has virtually nothing to play with. The other regulars do very little. In fact the entire cast does very little, but somehow the movie last 85 charmless minutes.

All the conventions are in place: the Mahoney-like new recruit, bland love interest, tedious chase finale, slapstick directed with all the panache of a corporate video. It's all very predictable and unfunny and uninspired but painlessly bland, with none of the offensive humour of the others, and before it was even over it had merged in my memory with the other films to form an amorphous 'Police Academy' blob.

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