Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988)

PG | 90 mins | Comedy | 18 March 1988

Director:

Alan Myerson

Producer:

Paul Maslansky

Cinematographer:

James Pergola

Production Designer:

Trevor Williams

Production Companies:

Warner Bros., Inc., Paul Maslansky Prod.
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HISTORY

Citing the working title, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami, the 9 Oct 1987 Var production chart noted that principal photography began on 28 Sep 1987 in Miami, FL. During filming, an 8 Oct 1987 HR item reported that actor Michael Winslow accidentally broke actor Jerry Lazarus’s nose while taking “a swing at Lance Kinsey.” Filming was scheduled for eight weeks with six-day work weeks, as noted in the 16 Oct 1987 HR. A report in the 16 Sep 1987 Var estimated the budget at $10.5 million. A 30 Oct 1987 DV brief reported an increased budget of $11.2 million.
       After the picture’s 18 Mar 1988 opening, the 22 Mar 1988 LAT reported gross receipts of $6.1 million from 1,700 screens, making it the highest-earning release that weekend. An 8 Sep 1992 HR article reported total theatrical earnings of $9,017,075.
       The film gives actor Matt McCoy an “Introducing” credit, although he previously appeared in the 1985 film, Fraternity Vacation (see entry), as the character, “J. C. Springer.”
       End credits state: “With Special Thanks To: Miami-Dade County, Florida, Office of Film and Television Coordination.” ...

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Citing the working title, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami, the 9 Oct 1987 Var production chart noted that principal photography began on 28 Sep 1987 in Miami, FL. During filming, an 8 Oct 1987 HR item reported that actor Michael Winslow accidentally broke actor Jerry Lazarus’s nose while taking “a swing at Lance Kinsey.” Filming was scheduled for eight weeks with six-day work weeks, as noted in the 16 Oct 1987 HR. A report in the 16 Sep 1987 Var estimated the budget at $10.5 million. A 30 Oct 1987 DV brief reported an increased budget of $11.2 million.
       After the picture’s 18 Mar 1988 opening, the 22 Mar 1988 LAT reported gross receipts of $6.1 million from 1,700 screens, making it the highest-earning release that weekend. An 8 Sep 1992 HR article reported total theatrical earnings of $9,017,075.
       The film gives actor Matt McCoy an “Introducing” credit, although he previously appeared in the 1985 film, Fraternity Vacation (see entry), as the character, “J. C. Springer.”
       End credits state: “With Special Thanks To: Miami-Dade County, Florida, Office of Film and Television Coordination.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1987
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 1987
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 1987
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 1988
p. 3, 69
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1992
p. 1, 50-51
Los Angeles Times
22 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 2
Los Angeles Times
22 Mar 1988
Calendar, p. 3
New York Times
19 Mar 1988
Section 1, p. 13
Variety
16 Sep 1987
p. 6, 22
Variety
9 Oct 1987
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Variety
23 Mar 1988
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
A Paul Maslansky Production
An Alan Myerson Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d unit dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Key grip
Best boy
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Scenic artist
Const coord
Bill Hamilton
Prop master, 2d unit
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Set ward, 2d unit
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Source mus
Source mus
Source mus
Source mus
Source mus
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Sd mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Model maker - Shark
Model maker - Alligator
Title and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Wigs and hairpieces
Makeup artist, 2d unit
Hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Scr supv
Florida casting
Florida casting
L.A. casting asst
Prod coord
Asst to Mr. Maslansky
Asst to Mr. Myerson
Prod secy
Office asst
L.A. prod office
L.A. prod office
Prod accountant
Unit pub
Weapons supv
Weapons supv
Transportation capt
Cont, 2d unit
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Neal Israel & Pat Proft.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Police Academy 5
Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami
Police Academy V
Police Academy V: Assignment Miami
Release Date:
18 March 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 Mar 1988
Production Date:
began 28 Sep 1987
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Brothers, Inc.
18 April 1988
PA368422
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by Technicolor®
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29073
SYNOPSIS

Police Academy Commandant Eric Lassard is told he has reached the state’s mandatory retirement age. However, he also learns he is being honored as Officer of the Decade at the upcoming National Police Chiefs’ Convention in Miami Beach, Florida. Excited, Lassard invites his friends and former academy graduates, Sergeants Moses Hightower, Eugene Tackleberry, Jones, Hooks, Lt. Callahan, and the newly-graduated Officer “House” Conklin, to attend the convention, where they will meet his nephew, Nick, a member of the Miami Police Department. Wanting Lassard’s job, academy instructor Captain Thaddeus Harris and his underling, Proctor, join the group in Florida. Later, the Mac-Ankh-Ee Diamonds are stolen from the Museum of Fine Art by jewel thief Tony and his associates, Mouse and Sugar. Hiding the gems inside a camcorder, Tony flies to Miami to sell the gems to Mr. Dempsey. Upon arriving in Miami, Lassard accidently takes Tony’s bag with the stolen gems. At the hotel, Lassard discovers the camcorder and assumes it is a retirement gift. Realizing Lassard has the diamonds, Tony and his henchmen go the hotel to retrieve them. However, as Tony grabs the camera from Lassard, the gems spill out. Tony takes Lassard hostage and barricades himself in the penthouse. Hightower, Tackleberry, Jones, Callahan, Hooks, House, and Nick attempt to rescue Lassard, but find Tony has escaped to the roof. Harris attempts to stop Tony, but he is also taken hostage. After escaping in the helicopter, Tony takes a boat into the Everglades. He arrives at Mr. Dempsey’s yacht to find the officers waiting for him. As they fight Tony’s henchmen, Lassard ...

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Police Academy Commandant Eric Lassard is told he has reached the state’s mandatory retirement age. However, he also learns he is being honored as Officer of the Decade at the upcoming National Police Chiefs’ Convention in Miami Beach, Florida. Excited, Lassard invites his friends and former academy graduates, Sergeants Moses Hightower, Eugene Tackleberry, Jones, Hooks, Lt. Callahan, and the newly-graduated Officer “House” Conklin, to attend the convention, where they will meet his nephew, Nick, a member of the Miami Police Department. Wanting Lassard’s job, academy instructor Captain Thaddeus Harris and his underling, Proctor, join the group in Florida. Later, the Mac-Ankh-Ee Diamonds are stolen from the Museum of Fine Art by jewel thief Tony and his associates, Mouse and Sugar. Hiding the gems inside a camcorder, Tony flies to Miami to sell the gems to Mr. Dempsey. Upon arriving in Miami, Lassard accidently takes Tony’s bag with the stolen gems. At the hotel, Lassard discovers the camcorder and assumes it is a retirement gift. Realizing Lassard has the diamonds, Tony and his henchmen go the hotel to retrieve them. However, as Tony grabs the camera from Lassard, the gems spill out. Tony takes Lassard hostage and barricades himself in the penthouse. Hightower, Tackleberry, Jones, Callahan, Hooks, House, and Nick attempt to rescue Lassard, but find Tony has escaped to the roof. Harris attempts to stop Tony, but he is also taken hostage. After escaping in the helicopter, Tony takes a boat into the Everglades. He arrives at Mr. Dempsey’s yacht to find the officers waiting for him. As they fight Tony’s henchmen, Lassard disarms the jewel thief. Later, Lassard and his officers are honored by the city of Miami for recovering the stolen diamonds. Returning to the Police Academy, Commissioner Hurst announces that, because of Lassard’s leadership, he may remain Commandant until he wishes to retire.

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