Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

Police Academy 5:
Assignment Miami Beach

Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Alan Myerson
Produced by Paul Maslansky
Donald West
Written by Stephen Curwick
Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography James Pergola
Edited by Hubert C. de la Bouillerie
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $19,510,371[1]

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.

Steve Guttenberg was unable to star in this film, due to scheduling conflicts with filming Three Men and a Baby. Instead, the filmmakers decided to cast Matt McCoy as a new character.[2]


Captain Harris finally finds the goods 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's the right man to replace Commandant Lassard, the usual hijinks ensue, including Lassard trying to guess the annual procedural demonstration. When the jewel thieves kidnap Commandant Lassard, he goes willingly, thinking it's 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 isn't 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 Commadant Lassard will be allowed to continue his duties as Commadant until he sees fit to retire, much to Harris' chagrin, as well as Hightower's promotion to Lieutenant.



The movie received negative reaction from critics.[3][4][5] As of May 28, 2015, it has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

Box office

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. It would go on to earn a domestic box office total of $19,510,371. The film faced strong competition in early 1988 from such high-profile comedy releases as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming To America, Big, Crocodile Dundee II, Beetlejuice, Bull Durham, Biloxi Blues, The Great Outdoors, Big Business and Funny Farm.[7]


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