Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

PG | 84 mins | Comedy | 10 March 1989

Producer:

Paul Maslansky

Cinematographer:

Charles Rosher, Jr.

Production Designer:

Tho E. Azzari

Production Company:

Warner Bros., Inc.
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HISTORY

Actors Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Lance Kinsey, George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith, George R. Robertson, and David Graf reprised their roles from Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.
       A 6 Dec 1988 HR production chart reported that principal photography began 24 Oct 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The 5 Dec 1988 DV some filming took place at The Burbank Studios.
       According to a news item in the 2 Apr 1988 Long Beach Press-Telegram, the film’s budget was $12 million, $1 million less than the previous installment.
       A 15 Sep 1987 DV announced that Police Academy 6: Operation Glasnost was to be the sixth installment of the franchise, however, director Paul Maslansky was unable to convince Warner Bros. to let him shoot in the Soviet Union.
       Police Academy 6: City Under Siege was the sixth film in the Police Academy franchise. The other entries are: Police Academy (1984), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986), Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol (1987), Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988, see entries). A seventh installment, Police Academy 7: Mission to Russia was released in 1994. An animated television series, ran for sixty-five episodes in 1988-1989, while a syndicated live-action television series, Police Academy: The Series, ran for twenty-six episodes in 1997–1998. ...

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Actors Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook, Lance Kinsey, George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, Bubba Smith, George R. Robertson, and David Graf reprised their roles from Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.
       A 6 Dec 1988 HR production chart reported that principal photography began 24 Oct 1988 in Los Angeles, CA. The 5 Dec 1988 DV some filming took place at The Burbank Studios.
       According to a news item in the 2 Apr 1988 Long Beach Press-Telegram, the film’s budget was $12 million, $1 million less than the previous installment.
       A 15 Sep 1987 DV announced that Police Academy 6: Operation Glasnost was to be the sixth installment of the franchise, however, director Paul Maslansky was unable to convince Warner Bros. to let him shoot in the Soviet Union.
       Police Academy 6: City Under Siege was the sixth film in the Police Academy franchise. The other entries are: Police Academy (1984), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Police Academy 3: Back In Training (1986), Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol (1987), Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988, see entries). A seventh installment, Police Academy 7: Mission to Russia was released in 1994. An animated television series, ran for sixty-five episodes in 1988-1989, while a syndicated live-action television series, Police Academy: The Series, ran for twenty-six episodes in 1997–1998.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Sep 1987
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 1989
p. 4
Long Beach Press-Telegram
2 Apr 1988
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Los Angeles Times
14 Mar 1989
p. 4
New York Times
11 Mar 1989
p. 17
Variety
15 Mar 1989
p. 13
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Paul Maslansky Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Chief lighting tech
Asst lighting tech
Key grip
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Gaffer, 2d unit
Cams by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadperson
Swing gang
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Set des
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key costumer
Woman's costumer
Costumer, 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus ed
La Da Productions
Mus ed
Addl orch
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff
Visual eff by
Titles & opticals
Spec eff, 2d unit
MAKEUP
Spec prosthetics by
Makeup, 2d unit
Hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod secy
Prod aide
Prod accountant
Asst to Mr. Bonerz
Asst to Mr. Maslansky
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Craft service
Unit pub
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Neal Israel and Pat Proft.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"What's The Matter With Your World," performed by Mele Mel and R. C. Vansilk, written by Mele Me, R. C. Vansilk and Ron Dean Miller, courtesy of Posse Records, Inc.; "Tutti Futti," written by Richard Penniman, Dorothy Lu Bostrie and Joe Lubin, performed by Little Richard, courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
10 March 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 10 Mar 1989
Production Date:
began 24 Oct 1988
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Brothers, Inc.
13 April 1989
PA416543
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
84
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29636
SYNOPSIS

A crime wave has hit the city of Wilson Heights and the mayor informs police Captain Thaddeus Harris and his sycophant assistant, Lieutenant Proctor, that the governor has requested the help of Commandant Eric Lassard of the police academy. Lassard forms a task force which includes gorgeous but tough Lt. Debbie Callahan, gentle giant Moses Hightower, Lassard’s nephew Sergeant Nick Lassard, squeaky voiced Sergeant Laverne Hooks, gung-ho Sergeant Eugene Tackleberry and Sergeant Larvell Jones, who can vocally imitate any sound. At the first briefing, accident prone Sgt. Douglas Fackler, arrives late and knocks a lighter onto some confiscated fireworks. Rockets shoot through the precinct spreading havoc. A bank is robbed by gun toting “Ace,” whip wielding “Flash” and a powerful man known as “Ox”, who tears the vault door off its hinges. The task force investigates, and Harris monopolizes the commissioner’s time, implying Commandant Lassard is too old to be effective in the field. Lt. Debbie Callahan discovers a stack of money with a dye explosive left in the vault. Nick takes it and walks towards the commissioner. Harris stops him, insisting on presenting the money himself. When he follows the commissioner outside, the dye explodes, covering him in purple ink. Across town, the three thieves sit in front of a frosted glass window where they can see a silhouette of a man in a hat. The shadowy figure brags they will soon have the city paralyzed with fear. Across town, Harris conspires with the mayor to remove Commandant Lassard as chief of the task force. The mayor instructs Harris to gather proof that Lassard’s incompetence is ...

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A crime wave has hit the city of Wilson Heights and the mayor informs police Captain Thaddeus Harris and his sycophant assistant, Lieutenant Proctor, that the governor has requested the help of Commandant Eric Lassard of the police academy. Lassard forms a task force which includes gorgeous but tough Lt. Debbie Callahan, gentle giant Moses Hightower, Lassard’s nephew Sergeant Nick Lassard, squeaky voiced Sergeant Laverne Hooks, gung-ho Sergeant Eugene Tackleberry and Sergeant Larvell Jones, who can vocally imitate any sound. At the first briefing, accident prone Sgt. Douglas Fackler, arrives late and knocks a lighter onto some confiscated fireworks. Rockets shoot through the precinct spreading havoc. A bank is robbed by gun toting “Ace,” whip wielding “Flash” and a powerful man known as “Ox”, who tears the vault door off its hinges. The task force investigates, and Harris monopolizes the commissioner’s time, implying Commandant Lassard is too old to be effective in the field. Lt. Debbie Callahan discovers a stack of money with a dye explosive left in the vault. Nick takes it and walks towards the commissioner. Harris stops him, insisting on presenting the money himself. When he follows the commissioner outside, the dye explodes, covering him in purple ink. Across town, the three thieves sit in front of a frosted glass window where they can see a silhouette of a man in a hat. The shadowy figure brags they will soon have the city paralyzed with fear. Across town, Harris conspires with the mayor to remove Commandant Lassard as chief of the task force. The mayor instructs Harris to gather proof that Lassard’s incompetence is hurting the investigation. During a briefing, Nick reports rumors about the gang’s hideout, and requests he and Callahan go undercover to investigate. However, Lt. Thaddeus Harris declares he and Proctor will handle that assignment. Harris regrets his decision when he learns he will be impersonating a window washer on a high-rise building. The terrified Harris hears two music executives talking about a rock group called The Gang, and mistakenly thinks he has discovered where the next crime will be committed. After debunking Harris’s new theory, Nick spots a newspaper article about a museum displaying the world’s largest diamond and declares that to be the next heist. Posing as armored car drivers, Nick and Larvell Jones transport the diamond to the museum with Harris and Proctor riding in back. When they stop at a red light, Flash opens a manhole beneath the car. Ox cuts a hole in the truck with a laser, and lowers the safe into the sewer. Harris and Proctor stare out the windows, unaware of the heist until they arrive at the museum. Nick insists there is a mole in the task force. Following a hunch, Nick, Callahan, Jones, and Eugene Tackleberry stake out a jewelry store. When the store is hit, Nick explains the robberies are following the old “51” bus route. Nick calls for backup and police block off the criminals’ escape route. Harris drives to the scene and gets in the way of the other officer’s line of fire, allowing the gang to escape. At their hideout, the criminals complain police are getting too close, and the shadowy figure promises to handle Lassard. Acting on an anonymous tip, the commissioner and mayor search Commandant Lassard’s locker, finding the jewels stolen in the last robbery. The task force is suspended. Disobeying orders, they continue investigating and discover that the old bus route is about to become a new light rail corridor. Nick theorizes that the crime spree is a ruse to cause property values to drop. Checking city records, they learn that a company called Clayton Plating, is buying up the whole street. They raid the corporate warehouse where they discover explosives and blueprints of the city’s electrical grid. Seconds later, the gang blows up a power station, sending the city into darkness and chaos. While the team deals with looting, drunken brawls and carjacking, Nick spots Flash, Ox and Ace. After calling for backup, he follows them into a dead-end alley, only to find it deserted with a manhole cover removed. Hightower, Jones, and Tackleberry crawl into the sewer. Nick splits off to follow a separate tunnel, while the other three find themselves in the Clayton Plating warehouse facing the gang. Ox pulls a chain, dropping scrap metal on Hightower. However, Hightower rises from the rubble. The two giants stand toe-to-toe exchanging punches until Ox falls. Jones imitates bad karate movies while he and Flash battle with staffs. Flash knocks Jones over a shelf, only to have the man reappear with wires coming out of his shirt. Convinced Jones is a robot, Flash surrenders. After a brief gunfight, Tackleberry captures Ace with a bolo. Nick discovers the gang’s hideout, where the shadowy figure releases a poison gas. Nick’s cries for help alert Hightower. The giant knocks down a steel door, smashes the frosted window, and they follow another tunnel to the street. The criminal nearly runs them over with a utility truck. Nick leaps on the truck cherry picker as it drives away. Hightower radios for backup before commandeering a monster truck, stopping only long enough to collect Jones and Tackleberry. During the high speed chase, the monster truck drives over Harris’s cruiser, forcing him and Proctor to commandeer a city bus. They are slowed down when Proctor insists on picking up passengers. The chase ends when the villain arrives at an office building and runs inside. Nick leads the team into Hurst’s office where the commissioner berates them for losing the criminal. Commandant Lassard and another Commissioner Hurst arrive. Nick pulls their noses until the phony’s mask is pulled off, revealing the mayor. The commissioner orders the mayor arrested and reinstates the task force.

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