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.
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. The fun is complicated when he unwittingly takes a bag belonging to jewel thieves containing stolen merchandise. 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 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. 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 himself, much to Harris' chagrin as well as Hightower's promotion to Lieutenant.
- Michael Winslow as Sgt. Larvell Jones
- David Graf as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry
- Bubba Smith as Sgt./Lt. Moses Hightower
- Marion Ramsey as Sgt. Laverne Hooks
- Leslie Easterbrook as Lt. Debbie Callahan
- Tab Thacker as Officer Thomas 'House' Conklin
- 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
- Matt McCoy as Sgt. Nick Lassard
- Janet Jones as Officer Kate
- Rene Auberjonois as Tony
- Archie Hahn as Mouse
- Scott Weinger as Shark Attack Kid
The movie received negative reaction from critics. As of March 14, 2013 it has a 0% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie debuted at No.1.