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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach -- The old captain Lassard, chief of the police academy, goes to Florida to receive an award. In the city arrives also the cynic captain Harris who wants to take Lassard's job...


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18 March 1988 (USA) See more »
Captain Harris is about to lose his trouser and his mind in Miami! See more »
The old Commandant Lassard, leader of the Police Academy (1984), goes to Florida to receive an award. In the... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Bubba Smith ... Hightower

David Graf ... Tackleberry

Michael Winslow ... Jones

Leslie Easterbrook ... Callahan
Marion Ramsey ... Hooks

Janet Jones ... Kate
Lance Kinsey ... Proctor

Matt McCoy ... Nick

G.W. Bailey ... Harris

George Gaynes ... Lassard

Rene Auberjonois ... Tony

George R. Robertson ... Hurst
Tab Thacker ... House

Archie Hahn ... Mouse

James Hampton ... Mayor of Miami
Jerry Lazarus ... Sugar
Beans Morocco ... Bob the Janitor (as Dan Barrows)
Dana Mark ... Graduating Policewoman
Richard Jasen ... Kid with Toy Plane
Ruth Farley ... Airport Information

Kathryn Graf ... Stewardess #1
Via Van Ness ... Stewardess #2
Alan Myerson ... Cigar Smoker (as A.L. Meat)

Dan Fitzgerald ... Commissioner Murdock
Arthur Edwards ... Thief in Drag
Jeff Gillen ... Thief's Victim
Susan Hatfield ... Mayor's Wife
Ed Kovens ... Dempsey
Tom Kouchalakos ... Manny

Ruben Rabasa ... Julio
Angelo Reno ... Pete

Scott Weinger ... Shark Attack Kid
Pam Bogart ... Harris Pick-Up

Toni Crabtree ... Activities Announcer
Nelson Oramas ... Crowd Control Cop

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Shooting Range Cop
Joni Siani ... TV Interviewer

Jeff Breslauer ... News Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Correa ... Ticket Agent
Jon Craig Arenstein ... Police Officer / Extra (uncredited)

Anthony Bruce ... Academy Cadet (uncredited)
Michael J. Carnevale ... Resort / Beach Guest (uncredited)
Alex Edlin ... Blonde Dempsey Henchman with Mustache (uncredited)
Joe Hess ... Martial Arts Opponent in Blue Shirt (uncredited)

Ronald Lang ... Police Office Cadet (uncredited)
Richard Lester ... Graduation Ceremony VIP (uncredited)
Paul Maslansky ... Homeless Man at Museum (uncredited)
Jeff Moldovan ... Dempsey Henchman with Mustache (uncredited)

Jerry O'Connell ... Kid at Beach (uncredited)

Gerald Owens ... Nervous Man on Airplane (uncredited)
Kathy Pefferkorn ... Girl on Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Myerson 
Writing credits
Neal Israel (characters creator) &
Pat Proft (characters creator)

Stephen Curwick (written by) (as Stephen J. Curwick)

Barry W. Blaustein  characters (uncredited)
Gene Quintano  characters (uncredited)
David Sheffield  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Donald L. West .... co-producer (as Donald West)
Cinematography by
James Pergola (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hubert de La Bouillerie  (as Hubert C. De La Bouillerie)
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Brad Davis 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Set Decoration by
Don K. Ivey  (as Don Ivey)
Costume Design by
Robert Musco 
Makeup Department
Marie Del Russo .... makeup artist
Diane Johnson .... hair stylist: second unit
Elizabeth Lambert .... makeup artist: second unit (as Beth Lambert)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair stylist
Mark Wittenberg .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Chuck Rowley .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Baker .... first assistant director
Carla Brand Breitner .... second assistant director (as Carla Breitner)
Ricou Browning .... second unit director
Jodi Ehrlich .... second assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Cary Gordon .... second assistant director
David Kahler .... second second assistant director
Chuck Rowley .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator
James P. Crapser .... propmaker
Jose Duarte .... scenic artist
Bill Hamilton .... property master: second unit
Richard Helfritz .... property master (as Richard A. Helfritz)
Arturo Mendez .... scenic art crew
Sound Department
Gordon Daniel .... supervising sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Denis Dutton .... sound editor
David Hawkins .... sound editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Dean G. Manly .... assistant sound editor (as Dean Manly)
Horace Manzanares .... assistant sound editor
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound editor (as Gilbert Marchant)
Ron Scelza .... sound
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Allen Stone)
Howard Warren .... sound mixer
Scott Warren .... boom operator
Richard Weaver .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects
Bob Cooper .... special effects (as Robert Cooper)
Roy L. Downey .... special effects (as Roy Downey)
James Harris .... special effects technician
Bruce E. Merlin .... special weapon effects
Kenneth Wheatley .... model maker: shark
Jay Amor .... stunts
Tom Bahr .... stunts
Sharon Bailey .... stunts (as Sharron K. Bailey)
Mindy Branston .... stunts
Alonzo Brown .... stunts (as Alonzo Brown Sr.)
Courtney Brown .... stunts
Kelly Browning .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunts (as Bud George Davis)
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Joseph R. Del Campo .... stunts
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan .... stunts (as Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon)
Eddie Edenfield .... stunts
Alex Edlin .... stunts (as Alexander Edlin)
Arthur Edwards .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Bobby J. Foxworth .... stunts (as Bobby Foxworth)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts
Mike Gonzalez .... stunts
Joe Hess .... stunts (as Joseph C. Ness)
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Lyn Keehn)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts (as Rick LeFevour)
Artie Malesci .... stunts
Cindy Malesci .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
John McLaughlin .... stunts (as Big John McLaughlin)
Jeff Moldovan .... stunts
David Monk .... stunts
Ron Oliney .... stunts
Bill Orsini .... stunts
Candice Orsini .... stunts (as Candi Orsini)
Carol Rees .... stunts
David Reinhart .... stunt double: Lance Kinsey
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Wink Roberts .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Mel Scott .... stunts
Troy Shirley .... stunts
Fred Waugh .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... first assistant camera (as Bill Barber)
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Jerry G. Callaway .... director of photography: second unit (as Jerry Callaway)
James Coe .... still photographer
Jack Lee Gary .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Jack Gary)
Robert Heine .... second assistant camera (as Bob Heine)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator
James Latham .... best boy
James Latham .... key grip: second unit
Ben Lowe Jr. .... key grip (as Ben Lowe)
William McConnell .... first assistant camera (as Bill McConnell)
William McConnell .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Bill McConnell)
Walter G. Morris Jr. .... chief lighting technician (as Walter Morris Jr.)
Patrick Morris .... assistant chief lighting technician
Don Reddy .... camera operator
James M. Reeves .... electrician
Jeff Simon .... camera operator: second unit
Bill Smalling Sr. .... camera operator
Randy Towers .... camera operator: second unit
Casting Department
Dee Miller .... casting: Florida
Sue Swan .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Todd Davis .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Laurah Guillén .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Dyer .... set wardrobe: second unit
Jai Galati .... costumer
Robert Musco .... costume supervisor
Esther Robinson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kurt P. Galvao .... assistant film editor
Ben Williams .... first assistant film editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Stephen James Taylor .... additional orchestrator
Transportation Department
William Foster .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jillian Amburgey .... script supervisor
Joseph Bearman .... production assistant
Howard Brandy .... unit publicist
Sheila Jo Clarke .... production secretary
Jack Cowden .... continuity: second unit
Ty Hanson .... production office: Los Angeles
Ellen Hofstadter .... office assistant
Debbie Kennedy .... weapons supervisor
Mike Kennedy .... weapons supervisor
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Terri Kovacic .... production office: Los Angeles
Terri Mueller-Armitage .... assistant: Mr. Maslanski (as Teri Mueller)
Roberta Rose .... production accountant
Jill R. Szymanski .... production coordinator (as Jill Szymanski)
Sharon B. Taksel .... assistant: Mr. Myerson (as Sharon Taksel)
Phil Proctor .... adr loop group (uncredited)

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90 min
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Did You Know?

When Captain Harris falls into the Everglades, he exclaims 'That didn't hurt! That didn't hurt!'. This was the catchphrase of another character Zed, who had appeared in the first three sequels.See more »
Continuity: When Kate and Jones are sparring, the way that Kate's Gi is wrapped changes several times. At the beginning, the left side is underneath the right side, but by the end of the fight, it's wrapped the opposite way.See more »
[Captain Harris, with the word Dork burned into his chest, approaches a bar where Cmndt. Lassard, Chief Hurst, Chief Murdock, and the Mayor of Miami are seated]
Capt. Thaddeus Harris:Oh Mr. Mayor, excuse me sir. I don't mean to insult your city, but the people on this beach are very rude and hostile.
Mayor of Miami:Well, I'm sorry to hear that... Captain Dork!
[the gentlemen at the bar break down in laughter, and Harris finally realizes what has been burned on to his chest]
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Even Guttenberg had the sense to leave this one...and if Guttenberg says "no" to a movie, that's pretty bad, folks..., 24 October 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

There is slapstick, and then there is *slapstick*. "Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach" falls into the latter category. This is slapstick worse than the likes of "Mr. Magoo." This is slapstick antics taken to a whole new level -- a level of utter chaotic mess. The Three Stooges would blush at this. But at least the Stooges were funny. The bumbling cops of "Police Academy" are, very unfortunately, not.

Steve Guttenberg has, by this time, finally come to the over-due conclusion that the series is going nowhere, and so he has left the ongoing string of sequels to enter into fresher territory -- by appearing not very many years later in joyless remakes of older films ("It Takes Two," a.k.a. "The Parent Trap 4"), and recycled underdog stories ("The Big Green"). When is your big break gonna come, Steve? Oh, wait, it did, and it was your first film ("Diner), and you blew it by appearing in this schmaltz.

The rest of the inept "cops" from the first four (*gulp*) films have returned here to wreak havoc on all that remains unspoofed by the series. Finally realizing that the police officer's daily routine gags are no longer fair ground for comedy, the filmmakers have moved the series to Miami Beach, land of ample spoofing and lampooning! Er, not for these guys. As the police of the film can never seem to do anything right, the series itself can never seem to be funny.

The plot involves Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) being called to Miami to receive a special lifetime achievment award of some sort (the biggest plot hole being, of course, that he does not deserve it at all after the many disasters instilled by him in the predecessors. Would you give a major award to a man incapable of holding onto his luggage? I don't think so.)

And so Commandant Lassard does, of course, lose his luggage in the airport. (The awful joke I wrote above comes into play, here!) But instead of just losing his luggage at the airport, he accidentally picks up a similar briefcase belonging to a band of jewel thieves -- and they're pretty eager on getting their stash of diamonds returned to them.

Commandant Lassard is kidnapped and the doofus cops from the previous entries (save Guttenberg's Carey Mahoney and Bobcat Goldthwait's missing Zed) embark on a mission to save him. This mission comes to an embarrassingly unfunny and ridiculous climax involving alligator puppets and a fat man. Don't ask.

"Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach" proves that everything is ample ground for comedy -- Florida, jewel thieves, fat men, and alligators. But who cares? What is the point? The fact that anything and everything is open to spoofing has been established before by other rude (and so much better) comedies like "Animal House." (Or any National Lampoon film, for that matter.) I've seen funnier documentaries than this mess. I admit I laughed once -- once, mind you -- but not really at anything I was supposed to laugh at. I laughed at the sheer stupidity of one or two things, and not simply because they were funny, but because they were supposed to be funny, and they weren't -- at all. And I laughed at George Gaynes in one scene. There, I said it. But that does not reserve my harsh rating on the film.

Is there any hesitation to say "no" to endless sequels in Hollywood anymore? Is the thought of quality ever measured over quantity anymore? Obviously not. If anything, the entire "Police Academy" series just stands as a landmark reminder that Hollywood has been taken over by ruthless film executives who want nothing but money.

As for the "Police Academy" films themselves? It was Forrest Gump who once said, "Stupid is as stupid does." Ain't that the truth.

0/5 stars.

- John Ulmer

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