Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege is a 1989 American comedy crime film starring Bubba Smith, David Graf and Michael Winslow. It was directed by Peter Bonerz and written by Stephen Curwick, based on characters created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft. The film was given a PG rating for violence and language. This was the last Police Academy sequel to be released in the year immediately following the previous installment of the series. It would take five years until the release of the following film, Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. Police Academy 6: City Under Siege was also the last movie in the series to feature Bubba Smith, Marion Ramsey, Bruce Mahler, Lance Kinsey and George R. Robertson as Hightower, Hooks, Fackler, Proctor and Commissioner Hurst respectively.
|Police Academy 6:|
City Under Siege
Poster by Drew Struzan
|Directed by||Peter Bonerz|
|Produced by||Paul Maslansky|
|Written by||Stephen Curwick|
|Music by||Robert Folk|
|Cinematography||Charles Rosher Jr.|
|Edited by||Hubert C. de la Bouillerie|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$11 million (US) |
The police must investigate a series of robberies along the old 51 bus route in the area of the city known as Wilson Heights. The mayor (Kenneth Mars) assigns Captain Harris (G.W. Bailey) and Lt. Proctor (Lance Kinsey) to the case. While on stakeout the Wilson-Heights gang, composed of Ace (Gerrit Graham), Flash (Brian Seeman), and Ox (Darwyn Swalve), manages to elude capture. When the squad arrives and points out the fur store that was robbed, Proctor reveals he tried to tell Harris about it, but the latter would not listen. In his office, the mayor is furious with the latest crime spree and reprimands Harris for his precinct's slow response and Hurst for not being strict with the former. Despite arguing their case, he points out that because of their slow response, everyone thinks he is incompetent to do his job and are leaving town. Under threat by the governor with revocation of his job, the mayor orders Harris, Hurst and Proctor to work with Commandant Lassard (George Gaynes) to apprehend the gang. Lassard assembles a seven-man team consisting of Hightower (Bubba Smith), Tackleberry (David Graf), Jones (Michael Winslow), Hooks (Marion Ramsey), Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook), Fackler (Bruce Mahler), and Lassard's nephew, Nick (Matt McCoy).
After distributing flyers as to the information of the Wilson gang with little success, Nick stumbles upon a paper reporting an antique diamond heading to a museum, and gets an idea to use it as bait. However the robbers nab the diamond anyway by cutting a hole in the truck and escaping through the sewer system. Nick then decides to go undercover to get information regarding a possible hideout, but Harris decides to go undercover to get a confession. Despite his fear of heights, Harris goes undercover as a window washer at a tall building and gets a confession of himself on tape after Proctor accidentally knocks him over the balcony.
The robberies are committed by a group of three dimwitted criminals who do not seem to be able to do this on their own, and it is revealed they are being guided by a shadow figure known as the "Mastermind," who speaks to the three behind a wall of glass and uses a voice distortion device. He devises a plan to get the police out of the way.
Commandant Lassard and his men are later suspended after jewelry from the gang's last robbery is found in Lassard's office, pending an investigation. The team decides to clear his name by nabbing the gang and the ringleader. Accessing data files from a computer, Nick deduces that the robberies are occurring along a bus route, thus intentionally lowering property values in that part of the city. They also learn that someone must be leaking information to the criminals, which is why they are always one step ahead of the police.
The police academy force finds and does battle with the Wilson gang, taking down Ace, Flash, and Ox, while Nick chases the leader. A pursuit follows, which leads to Commissioner Hurst's (George Robertson) office. Though the others are fooled by the fact there are two versions of Commissioner Hurst, Nick is not fooled and is able to help them point out the real Hurst from the fake with a Pinocchio test. With that, Hightower removes the mask and reveals the "Mastermind" as the mayor. Caught, the mayor admits that Captain Harris has been unwittingly leaking information during his daily meetings with him and how he could have made billions off the properties if it had not been for Lassard and his team. Hurst tells Hightower to take the mayor into custody with his gang. He apologizes and reinstates the force, and a plaque is given to honor the officers' bravery the next day. As the movie closes, Harris is sitting in a chair when a string tying the balloon float is cut, lifting his chair and floating him up into the air as he shouts Proctor's name. As he floats away, it is revealed that it was Commander Lassard who actually cut the string as revenge for Harris' actions for getting him and his team off the case with his manipulation.
The Police ForceEdit
- Matt McCoy as Sgt. Nick Lassard
- Michael Winslow as Sgt Larvell Jones
- David Graf as Sgt Eugene Tackleberry
- Bubba Smith as Lt. Moses Hightower
- Marion Ramsey as Sgt Laverne Hooks
- Leslie Easterbrook as Lt. Debbie Callahan
- George Gaynes as Cmdt. Eric Lassard
- G. W. Bailey as Capt. Thaddeus Harris
- Lance Kinsey as Lt. Proctor
- George R. Robertson as Commissioner Henry Hurst
- Bruce Mahler as Sgt. Douglas Fackler
Some of the landmarks and people in the film reference Toronto, the city where most of the first four Police Academy movies were filmed. The police station is called Oakdale Police Station, referencing the Oakdale area of Toronto which a small area between the western intersections of Highway 400 and Finch Avenue, extending to just south of Sheppard Avenue, and east just past Jane Street. This is often referred to as part of the Downsview area of Toronto. Additionally, the criminal organization behind the crime wave in the city is called the Wilson Heights Gang, a reference to Wilson Heights Boulevard, a street in the Downsview area. The specific area itself is called Wilson Heights as well.
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege was filmed entirely in Los Angeles, California.
Pete Hammond in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide gave Police Academy 6: City Under Siege a BOMB rating, writing that "This entry is only—repeat only—for those who thought Police Academy 5 was robbed at Oscar time". The DVD/Video Guide by Mick Martin and Marsha Porter gave the first two Police Academy films 2 stars out of 5; and each subsequent film received a Turkey (their lowest score).
The movie performed poorly at the US box office, opening on March 10, 1989 to an opening weekend gross of $4,032,480. It ultimately took in a low total of $11,567,217 and marked the decline of the Police Academy franchise. The film faced strong competition in early 1989 in United States theaters from such high-profile comedy releases as Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters II, Major League, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, K-9, Three Fugitives, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, The 'Burbs, Fletch Lives, The Dream Team and Cousins.  It also earned the designation of being the first Police Academy movie not to place first in the US weekend box office.
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