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Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 3 April 1987 (USA)
The misfit Police Academy (1984) graduates now are assigned to train a group of civilian volunteers to fight crime once again plaguing the streets.

Director:

Jim Drake

Writers:

Neal Israel (characters), Pat Proft (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Mahoney
Bubba Smith ... Hightower
Michael Winslow ... Jones
David Graf ... Tackleberry
Tim Kazurinsky ... Sweetchuck
Sharon Stone ... Claire Mattson
Leslie Easterbrook ... Callahan
Marion Ramsey ... Hooks
Lance Kinsey ... Proctor
G.W. Bailey ... Captain Harris
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Zed
George Gaynes ... Commandant Lassard
Derek McGrath ... Butterworth
Scott Thomson ... Copeland
Billie Bird ... Mrs. Feldman
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Storyline

A new batch of recruits arrives at Police Academy, this time a group of civilian volunteers who have joined Commandant Lassard's new Citizens on Patrol program. Although the community relations project has strong governmental support, a disgusted Captain Harris is determined to see it fail. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Take off with the original cast... and some new civilian recruits as they take to the streets and the skies to fight crime. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Academy IV See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,482,487, 5 April 1987

Gross USA:

$28,061,343
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After it became clear that Jerry Paris would not be able to direct the film, Screenwriter Gene Quintano was offered the chance to take over as director. He turned the offer down, not feeling confident enough in his abilities, and so Jim Drake directed it instead. On the day of the film's premiere, Quintano told Paul Maslansky that he regretted turning down the director's chair, and so Maslansky offered him the job of writing and directing For Better or For Worse (1989), which this time Quintano accepted immediately. See more »

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4 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Police Academy 4 (1987)

** (out of 4)

The police force is overworked and understaffed so they come up with an idea to train citizens so that they can patrol their own streets. Of course our gang gets a group of rejects that they must train into shape. This was the beginning of the end for this series and while there are a few funny scenes the thing still can't keep afloat. The regular cast including Guttenberg, Smith, Winslow, Graf and Easterbrook are back but we've also got G.W. Bailey coming back as Harris, the main villain from the first film. Harris actually steals the film and gives an energized performance but that still isn't saying too much as the screenplay is very weak and basically just recycles jokes from previous films. Even the regulars seem rather tired and bored. Bobcat Goldthwait is back as well but most of his jokes seemed aimed at his bad speech. Heck, we even get a pre-fame Sharon Stone and David Spade but neither add much. The best sequence for me has always been the one where the veterans try to teach the new guys that they aren't ready to be police and take them out on the case of a voodoo man who is actually being played by Smith.


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