Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)


“Gee, sir, I thought you could only get contempt of court for opening your mouth! ” – Proctor

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in 1987, cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 21 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After Commandant Lassard institutes a new program for citizen volunteers to assist the police, but Captain Harris does all he can to make sure it doesn’t work.

My Take on it – This is yet another film in the franchise that has a mediocre plot and story yet manages to keep things fun and entertaining nonetheless.

They do a good job of keeping things humorous and enjoyable and skillfully utilize the talented personalities of the characters to keep things fun.

The plot itself seems a bit recycled from previous films yet still works on the level it needs to.

This film ends with a chase scene in the sky that is one of the most memorable of the entire series (at least from a visual perspective).

Fun seeing all of our favorites back in action here and the addition of very young David Spade and Sharon Stone helps inject some freshness into things.

Neither of them were recognizable when this film came out but both had their careers take off not long after they appeared in this film.

This was Steve Guttenberg’s final appearance in the franchise and the rest of the films sorely miss his character and personality.

Bottom Line – Another entertaining film in the franchise that knows how to keep things humorous and enjoyable despite a mediocre (and recycled) plot. Nice to see characters returning once again which helps keep things fun. The chase scene in the skies at the end is quite memorable and is among the best of the series (at least visually). Great seeing a very young David Spade and Sharon Stone in this film before either became recognizable at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The collapse of her first marriage contributed to Sharon Stone‘s decision to work on this movie. Of wanting to have some fun after a difficult period in her life, Sharon said, “hanging out with a gang of comedians, it was the best therapy.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)

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  2. In an early draft, Mr. Kirkland was enrolled in the COP program. His son Bud’s role was originally meant to be bigger, but was cut down to only one scene after the death of Andrew Paris’ father Jerry, who was originally scheduled to direct the film.

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