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Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 3 April 1987 (USA)
The misfit Police Academy (1984) graduates now are assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime once again plaguing the streets.

Director:

Jim Drake

Writers:

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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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take off with the original cast... and some new civilian recruits as they take to the streets and the skies to fight crime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy IV See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,482,487, 5 April 1987

Gross USA:

$28,061,343
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior of the stadium under construction, into which Proctor was lifted, was the then-under construction Toronto SkyDome (now Rogers Centre). See more »

Goofs

After speaking with Mahoney, we see Harris inadvertently walk into the shower room. There is an immediate scream of surprise and Harris exits the room drenched. Later on in another scene with Harris, we see that the showers are in individual, unmistakable shower stalls and are a distance from the shower room door. Harris would have (1) recognized this as a shower room and (2) even if he hadn't, there's no shower head directly inside the shower room door to walk under right after entering the room as Harris evidently did. See more »

Quotes

[after the Citizens On Patrol team accidentally foil a police sting operation, they're met with an angry Capt. Harris and sidekick Lt. Proctor, the former also delighted that his plan to make the program fail succeeded]
Captain Harris: [furious; to Mahoney, the trainers, and the downtrodden civilian recruits] Three months' work out the window, down the drain. Your Citizens on Patrol just screwed up the single biggest police undercover sting operation
[screaming]
Captain Harris: in the HISTORY OF THIS CITY!
Proctor: Tell 'em the good news...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

On the TBS TV Version, there is an extra scene with Sharon Stone (Claire Mattson) and Steve Guttenberg (Mahoney) that is not in the theatrical version or the video version. In this added scene, Mahoney comes over to Claire's house to chat with her for a bit and check up on the dog, Clarence. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's Time To Move
Performed by The S.O.S. Band (as S.O.S. Band)
Produced by Jason Bryant
Written by Rick Boston, Eric Lowen (as Eric Lowen) and Dan Navarro
S.O.S. Band appears courtesy of Tabu Records
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Why? Why did they let it get this far???
29 December 2003 | by mentalcriticSee all my reviews

Indeed, that is the question many were asking in 1987, as the series soon turned into too much of a not so good thing. Sadly, it was only going to get worse from here. I've tried no less than three times to sit through Mission To Moscow, and it is just impossible. About the only reason to bother with episodes three through six is so you can see the final episode where Cast Member X decided they'd had enough. Or when Event Number X that was referenced in a sequel took place.

Another big problem with PA4 (and boy, there are many) is the change in target audience. Sure, episodes 1 through 3 could be enjoyed by children with two digits in their age, but the primary audience was adults who didn't have very high standards. Unfortunately, someone in the film studio must have decided that the writers have to please everybody, and so they watered down the humour as far as they could without getting a G rating. That, more than anything, is what hurts Police Academy sequels 4 onwards.

Steve Guttenberg must have taken one look at the finished product and wondered why he didn't quit about three films ago. Bob Goldthwait picks up the slack in terms of comedy, but his act is also watered down a tad too far, ditching any vocal expression of his character in favour of shouting and screaming at anyone and everyone. Which might work for a comedy about mental patients who have been neglected by the system for too long, but not when your character is meant to be a police officer. But then again, the whole premise is built on a notoriously shaky ground.

Every Police Academy film has at least one celebrity (other than George Gaynes) who wishes they had never appeared in the film. Sharon Stone gets her turn her, and despite what they say about her appearance in everything after Basic Instinct, at least she looks capable of acting. But amongst this lot, I'm sure a dead goldfish would appear to be emoting effectively.

Overall, PA4 gets a 2 out of ten from me. It stands as a good relic of what happens when you try to appeal to everyone, and it does have some genuinely funny moments, but it just cannot hold a candle to its predecessors, especially the first.


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