The Police Academy's commandant will be honored at a police convention in Miami Beach. At the airport he picks a wrong bag with stolen diamonds. The "owners" want them back.


Alan Myerson


Neal Israel (characters creator), Pat Proft (characters creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


Indeed, it seems that some people never learn, and after the recent fiasco of conniving Captain Harris in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), once more, the sneaky officer wants to take over the ageing Commandant Lassard's job, and step into his shoes. This time, the perfect opportunity arises in the shape of the prestigious "Police Officer of the Decade" convention in sunny Miami Beach, to commemorate Lassard's dedication to the force; however, a fateful encounter with an audacious trio of diamond thieves leads to a dangerous, high-speed chase across the Everglades. Now, it is up to Commandant Lassard's nephew, Sergeant Nick Lassard, and the Academy's loyal graduates to save the day. Can the boys thwart Harris' plans? Written by Nick Riganas

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Hold everything! The cadets are dropping in on Miami Beach for an all new adventure. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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(At around forty-three minutes) During the limbo scene, Janet Jones had a "wardrobe malfunction" while crawling under the limbo bar. During the post-production process, a dark filter was matted over the portions of the frames showing her exposed breasts, so as to obscure the slip, thereby maintaining the film's PG rating. See more »


(at around 18 mins) When golf balls continually fall out of Commandant Lassard's golf bag, there are many people who slip and fall because of them. Two of the actors who fall had no golf balls anywhere near them when they performed their pratfalls. 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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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: A TV spot for the movie shows a deleted scene, where the mob boss Mr. Dempsey is being captured by Sgt. Hooks, who yells her trademark catchphrase, "Don't move, dirtbag!" See more »


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too childish now
16 July 1999 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

Man is this ever aimed at kids. Jokes dealing with being rolled into a cactus, having "dork" written on your bare chest, women's breasts rising and falling during a limbo contest, (ok that one's not so bad) Kinsey being dragged on a waterski till his butt is exposed, oh I could go on and on. Gaynes, who had been in the background most of the time in these films, becomes the main focus as he's forced into retirement, but also being honored as police officer of the decade (or was it century?). As most know, Guttenberg elected to stay away here, and though his character is not replaced with a new actor, Matt McCoy is the goofball/prankster who joins the ranks. But no matter who is doing the jokes, the writing is just too underpar to keep you grinning. This does feature the most elaborate chase of any of the other films endings, as they ride air boats through the Florida Everglades, about the only excitement in the whole film.

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Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy V See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,106,661, 20 March 1988

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.85 : 1
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