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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach -- Our heroes face the grave challenge of doing more good than harm to their beloved, befuddled, recently kidnapped Commandant in their attempts to rescue him from jewel-thieving captors.
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:
Jon Craig Arenstein ... Police Officer / Extra (uncredited)

Anthony Bruce ... Academy Cadet (uncredited)
Michael J. Carnevale ... Resort / Beach Guest (uncredited)

Anthony Correa ... Ticket Agent (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)
Ferdie Pacheco ... Extra (uncredited)

Kathleen Carrier 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
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
Carl Ramsey .... poster artist (uncredited)
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)
Jim Coe .... still photographer (as James Coe)
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
William Smaling .... camera operator (as Bill Smalling Sr.)
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
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Stephen James Taylor .... additional orchestrator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
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 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) was released, acerbic critic Rex Reed swore, "If they make another Police Academy movie, I'll leave the business." At the time, producer Paul Maslansky said, "Reed's one of the reasons I'm making Police Academy 5. I expect him to be a man of his word." To Maslansky's disappointment, Reed was not.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At the end, when Proctor kicks the chair to Harris, the rails under the chair are clearly visible.See more »
Capt. Thaddeus Harris:Proctor! Where is Proctor?See more »
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References Gunga Din (1939)See more »
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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The musical number... ah, the irony..., 24 August 2004
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

Approximately halfway into this film... or is it a third of the way? Time seems quite distended and relative when watching any Police Academy film, but the awfulness of PA5 tends to send one into an alternate dimension where seconds seem to take weeks. Kind of like watching the Benny Hinn show with a fantastic hangover in the middle of a hospital ward, in other words.

Anyways, at some point in the film, our cast decide to indulge in a limbo-dancing event. As G.W. Bailey and Lance Kinsey lament the fact that the time to fire their agent has well and truly passed, and the rest of the cast seem to celebrate the fact that they get to eat this year, the music in the background repeatedly asks us how low can we go. If that isn't irony, I don't know what is.

It is scenes like the one I've just described that Steve Guttenberg and Bobcat Goldthwait obviously read before telling their agent that not working at all was preferable to appearing in this drivel. As we endure endless scenes with extras falling over for no readily apparent reason (although the golf balls sell the illusion effectively enough) or characters tanning the word "dork" onto each others' chests (and that is about as adult as the humour gets here), one of the great theories about family-friendliness is proven. The makers of Police Academy 5 might have made a Police Academy film that is suitable for four-year-olds to watch, but in so doing, they have made a film that only four-year-olds would want to watch.

If your four-year-old is able to read at what we laughingly refer to as an adult level such as I was at that age, they will most likely turn to you when the credits roll and say something along the lines of "well that was stupid, wasn't it?".

The plot revolves around something that probably should have been done at the end of the last film: putting George Gaynes out to pasture. After seeing him in previous Police Academy films and Punky Brewster (often within days of each other), I have a tremendous respect for the man, but he really is just getting too old to do this. By the time Police Academy 8 rolls out, he will be 88. Granted, there are actors who put in great performances at similar ages (Christopher Lee is only about five years his junior), but given that George has started to speak at a rate of about one word an hour, I don't think he's got another film left in him.

Getting back to the plot, anyway, as Commandant Lassard is scheduled to retire, Captain Harris senses an opportunity to become Commandant of the Academy, while his old trainees sense an opportunity to pay respect to a man who had quite the positive impact in their lives.

It sounds like a very flimsy foundation for a film, and to be quite frank, when you've got writers of this calibre putting it together, it is. As has been said earlier, the suitable-for-all-ages mentality is one element that makes the film boring. The performances are another. George Gaynes, in spite of being so old that you aren't sure anymore that he's pretending to be completely unaware, is the only actor in this mess who *doesn't* phone in his performance.

Matt McCoy is a poor substitute for Steve Guttenberg, as is exemplified by the quality of the jokes played on Captain Harris demonstrates. Mahoney wouldn't merely sunburn a word into Harris' chest. We've seen Mahoney smear shoe-polish on a megaphone, cast dispersions on Harris' sexuality, as well as make a laughing stock of the man by spreading the word about an unfortunate accident involving a motorbike and a horse. And that's just in the first film. Sorry, Nick, but to call your effort weak is a form of flattery.

All in all, I gave Police Academy 5 a one out of ten. I don't know what is scarier. That they are making a number 8, or that people have actually voted 10 for this load of dung.

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