Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach is the 1988 installment in the Police Academy series, launched in 1984. The film was given a PG rating for language and ribald humor.

Police Academy 5:
Assignment Miami Beach
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Theatrical release poster by Carl Ramsey[1]
Directed byAlan Myerson
Produced byPaul Maslansky
Donald West
Written byStephen Curwick
Music byRobert Folk
CinematographyJames Pergola
Edited byHubert C. de la Bouillerie
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million[2]
Box office$54.5 million[2]

Steve Guttenberg was unable to star in this film due to scheduling conflicts with filming Three Men and a Baby. The filmmakers decided instead to cast Matt McCoy as a new character.[3]


Captain Harris finally finds the evidence he needs to push Commandant Eric Lassard out at the Police Academy: he is one year late for mandatory retirement. But before he retires, Lassard is chosen as "Police Officer of the Decade," and brings his favorite graduates—Sgts. Hightower, Jones, Tackleberry and Hooks, Lt. Callahan, and new graduate Officer Thomas "House" Conklin—to the National Police Chiefs Convention in Miami Beach to celebrate with him. While there, they meet his nephew, Sgt. Nick Lassard of the Miami Police Department. Lassard unwittingly takes a bag belonging to jewel thieves containing stolen diamonds.

As the jewel thieves try to get the bag back, and Captain Harris tries to prove to Commissioner Hurst that he is the right man to replace Commandant Lassard, the usual hi-jinks ensue, including Lassard trying to guess the annual procedural demonstration. When the jewel thieves kidnap Commandant Lassard, he goes willingly, thinking it is indeed the procedural demonstration. It launches a negotiation, which Captain Harris botches, getting himself captured as well. A chase across the Everglades ensues to rescue the oblivious Commandant. In a standoff with the smugglers, Nick explains to his uncle that the situation is not a demonstration and that his kidnappers are in fact real criminals. Lassard, upon hearing this information, promptly disarms and subdues his assailants to the amazement of all the officers. At a ceremony at the end of the film, Commissioner Hurst announces that Commandant Lassard will be allowed to continue his duties as Commandant until he sees fit to retire, as well as Hightower's promotion to Lieutenant, much to Harris' chagrin.

Lassard is seen proudly graduating the new class. As form of revenge for Harris' earlier sabotage against his uncle, Nick intentionally moves the chair away from Harris. Proctor tries to help him, but kicks the chair too hard and sending both it and Harris on a collision into the drum set. As the police marching band walks off in parade, Harris is seen screaming for Proctor to help him.



The film presently has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on six reviews.[4]

Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film zero stars, reporting, "I didn't laugh once during the entire film—not at the slapstick, not at the humor, which is pitched at the preschool level."[5] His fellow Tribune critic Dave Kehr awarded one star out of four, describing the gags as "blunt and literal."[6]Caryn James of The New York Times wrote that "the formula is pretty long in the tooth by now, and all the extra turns of plot can't disguise that."[7] Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times thought the film was an improvement over the previous three sequels but that the jokes were still "nothing special."[8] Rita Kempley of The Washington Post called it a "fifth-rate rehash of the rather wonderful original."[9] Nige Floyd of The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "the feeblest to date. Neither the picture-postcard setting nor the bungling jewel thieves add anything to the standard formula, while 'guest star' cops Nick Lassard and Kate Stratton hardly make up for the departure of regulars Steve Guttenberg and Bobcat Goldthwait."[10]

Box officeEdit

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach debuted at number 1 at the box office when it opened on March 18, 1988 with a weekend gross of $6,106,661.[11] It would go on to earn a domestic box office total of $19,510,371[12] and $54,499,000 worldwide.[2]


  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7019894/
  2. ^ a b c Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-by-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. p. 631. ISBN 9780061778896.
  3. ^ Briggs, Joe Bob (April 17, 1988). "Another 'Police Academy'? No. 5's The Charm, Folks". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  4. ^ "[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/police_academy_5_assignment_miami_beach/ Police Academy 5" Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Siskel, Gene (March 25, 1988). "Siskel's Flicks Picks". Chicago Tribune. Section 7, page N-O.
  6. ^ "New `Police Academy` Flunks Again, Of Course". Chicago Tribune. 1988-03-22. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  7. ^ James, Caryn (March 19, 1988). "When a Shark Joins the Usual Academy Gang". The New York Times. p. 15.
  8. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1988-03-22). "MOVIE REVIEW Improvement Detected in `Police Academy 5'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  9. ^ Kempley, Rita (March 19, 1988) "'Academy 5': Beach Bomb". The Washington Post. C9.
  10. ^ Floyd, Nige (August 1988). "Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 55 (655): 239.
  11. ^ "WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : New Blood Refreshes Top Five". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  12. ^ "Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved September 29, 2010.

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