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Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 18 March 1988 (USA)
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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Captain Harris is about to lose his trouser and his mind in Miami! See more »


Comedy | Crime


PG | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


(At around forty-four minutes) When Harris' hat catches fire in the bar scene, a theatrical smoke effect was physically placed in G.W. Bailey's hat, while the flames were later created in post-production. See more »


At around the 45 minute mark, one of the guys in the car spits milk out onto the windshield from the inside. However, the next scene shows them all getting out of the vehicle, and the windshield is clear. See more »


Capt. Thaddeus Harris: You'll never get away with this, you two-bit filthy scum!
Tony: What did he call me?
Mouse: Scum.
Tony: Ah. Well, perhaps you'd like to leave now.
[snaps fingers]
Tony: Mouse?
[Mouse cocks his pistol]
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: [laughs weakly] About that "filthy scum" comment...
Tony: Shut up, shark bait.
Capt. Thaddeus Harris: "Shark bait"?
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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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Not the worst of the bunch
4 May 2013 | by SandcoolerSee all my reviews

"Assignment: Miami Beach" is the first one in the franchise that doesn't have Steve Guttenberg, and I've got mixed feelings about that. In one way it's sort of a blessing, because we can finally spend some quality time with Lassard in this one. George Gaynes has always been the best actor of any installment's cast, so it's nice to see a sequel where everything revolves around him. Granted, all he really gets to do is have people fall over a bunch of times, but somehow he still makes it work. On the other hand, the movie clearly misses a decent "straight man" to counterbalance all the oddballs. I guess that was new guy Matt McCoy's task, but given that the guy has no screen presence whatsoever and barely made the final cut it doesn't quite work. Overall though, I didn't hate this. I mean, they do the same seven or eight bits they do in all the other ones, but here they do them on a different location! Michael Winslow does his Bruce Lee schtick for the fifth time in five movies, but now on a different location! I was sorta surprised Miami didn't have a Blue Oyster Bar, to be honest. "Police Academy 5" is not the greatest movie you'll ever see, but it'll give you about what you would expect.

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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