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Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

The misfit Police Academy (1984) graduates now are assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime once again plaguing the streets.

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Jim Drake

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Neal Israel (characters), Pat Proft (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Mahoney
Bubba Smith ... Hightower
Michael Winslow ... Jones
David Graf ... Tackleberry
Tim Kazurinsky ... Sweetchuck
Sharon Stone ... Claire Mattson
Leslie Easterbrook ... Callahan
Marion Ramsey ... Hooks
Lance Kinsey ... Proctor
G.W. Bailey ... Captain Harris
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Zed
George Gaynes ... Commandant Lassard
Derek McGrath ... Butterworth
Scott Thomson ... Copeland
Billie Bird ... Mrs. Feldman
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A new batch of recruits arrives at Police Academy, this time a group of civilian volunteers who have joined Commandant Lassard's new Citizens on Patrol program. Although the community relations project has strong governmental support, a disgusted Captain Harris is determined to see it fail. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,482,487, 5 April 1987

Gross USA:

$28,061,343
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The beginning of the end...
29 June 1999 | by Mister-6See all my reviews

Attention, all units; be on the lookout for a criminally bad sequel to a slowly devolving "comedy" series. All involved give new meaning to the term "bad cop".

But let's be fair...momentarily.

The first one was actually funny.

The second was negotiable.

The third had a lot more sight gags (I love sight gags).

But "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" began to show the wear that the series and its regulars was going through. As a rule, every even-numbered sequel usually isn't very good and this one carries on the tradition.

At least while watching it, it gives you time to consider certain plot points:

a) How do complete idiots stay on the police force for so long?

b) Sharon Stone? David Spade? How desperate were they to get their bills paid?

c) I wonder what Steve Guttenburg is doing nowadays?

d) How many drugs did they let Bobcat Goldthwait take between scenes?

e) Why doesn't Leslie Easterbrook do more scenes standing in a swimming pool with a soaked-through t-shirt and no bra?

f) Corrinne Bohrer is kind of fetching when she stares into the camera, isn't she?

g) Tim Kazurinsky really SHOULD get contacts.

h) Does anyone else notice that the more writers it takes to write a movie, the worse it is?

i) Really, what IS Steve Guttenberg doing nowadays?

And by the time you've thought all these points through, you've actually generated more plot than this entire movie could muster in its whole running time. Congrats.

Just a couple of stars this time, guys. And seriously, just watch the first three PA movies; you'll be a lot better off.

By the way, if anyone can figure out what happened with Steve Guttenberg, let the rest of us know.


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