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Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol (1987)

Steve Guttenberg , Bubba Smith , Jim Drake  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Tim Kazurinsky
  • Directors: Jim Drake
  • Writers: Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield, Gene Quintano, Neal Israel, Pat Proft
  • Producers: Donald L. West, Paul Maslansky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000190762
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A new batch of civilian volunteers joins the new Citizens on Patrol program, but Captain Harris is determined to see it fail.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all! May 21, 2004
The Metropolitan Police Academy's commandant Eric Lassard(George Gaynes) has initiated a community relations program called Citizens On Patrol. That's where ordinary citizens witness criminal behavior and bring the criminals to justice. Much of the original gang is still here,so are Zed(Bobcat Goldthwait) and Swechiuk(Tim Kazurinsky). G.W. Bailey returns in this sequel as Captain Thaddeus Harris(he was a lieutenant in the first film). Lt. Proctor(Lance Kinsey) is now a member of Harris' precinct. Bailey returned because Art Metrano was written out for good after the previous sequel. Chad Copeland(Scott Thomson) is part of Harris' team also. Sgt. Moses Hightower(Bubba Smith) says in one of the first scenes,"I believe Brother Swechiuk is suggesting we recruit in our old neighborhood." Lassard strongly agrees. Some of the COP team members are Lois Feldman(Billie Bird) & Thomas "House" Conklin(Tab Thacker),an overweight black guy who resembles one of The Fat Boys members. Two other young male members(Brian Backer and David Spade)are assigned to the program after they're tried for disorderly conduct via their skateboards in a shopping mall. Carey Mahoney(Steve Guttenberg) who was present at the trial,suggested the idea to the presiding judge. Again,it's another gang making a large illegal mess. This film features Sharon Stone who was in 1986,when this film was made,not-so-famous. Spade would also become a major celebrity several years later,becoming a member of NBC's Saturday Night Live. Stone is Claire Mattson,who joins COP also. She and Carey went partners in whatever either did. In the last scene,Zed tells Swechiuk,"You look a little like Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun'(one of 86's biggest films). Read more ›
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's time to let this series rest November 19, 2004
A film by Jim Drake

The misfit police officers are back at it again. This time the officers are being asked to help with the new "Citizens on Patrol" program. This program allows regular citizens to help clean up the streets of the city and just like the first "Police Academy" movie, the new program attracts an assorted band of misfits which is characterized by a little old grandma (Billie Bird) who, like Tackleberry (David Graf) is obsessed with guns and weaponry. Hilarity is supposed to ensue as these new C.O.P.s (clever, huh?) try to bust real criminals and make citizens arrest while they bungle their way into real police work.

Hilarity does not really ensue, though it is better than "Police Academy 5: Project Miami Beach", but then the series is getting progressively worse. The style of comedy is much the same as the other "Police Academy" movies. It is slapstick, silly, bungling humor, and it works to an extent the first time you see the movie. It works especially well if the viewer is younger, around 10 years old or so. Any truly offensive scenes have been scrubbed out of this series (though the first movie was rated "R").

This fourth movie is notable for being the last of the "Police Academy" movies to feature Steve Guttenberg as Officer Carey Mahoney. Note the drop in quality when Guttenberg leaves only to replaced by the similar character Nick Lassard in P.A. 5. This movie also has a younger Sharon Stone and David Spade is supporting roles and a cameo appearance by a very young Tony Hawk. None of the "Police Academy" movies are all that good, except perhaps the first one, but by the time the fourth movie rolled around it was clearly time to stop. That's my recommendation: stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He was like scared..he was flinchin'!...." November 17, 2005
Police Academy was a hugely sucessful film franchise throughout the majority of the 1980s and Citizens On Patrol is arguably the best of the lot. Returning characters include Sgt Carey Mahoney, Hightower, Hooks, Jones, Callahan, Tackleberry and two recruits from the previous picture, Sweetchuck and Zed. The story of Commandant Lassard wanting to implement a new citizen outreach program with the usual opposition from Captain Harris is worthy of another sequel but it is Zed who steals the thunder of the other cast members and takes the spotlight to new heights of hilarium. If you love old style comedy pick up POLICE ACADEMY 4-CITIZENS ON PATROL today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Kazurinsky tries to become a C.O.P. Billie Bird too. February 23, 2005
Original cast members returning: Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsey, G.W. Bailey, George Gaynes, Scott Thompson, George R. Robertson.

Also returning are: Tim Kazurinsky, Lance Kinsey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Tochi, Colleen Camp, Andrew Paris, Arthur Batanides and Jackie Joseph.

New people are recruited as part of a Citizen On Patrol program: David Spade (three years before his debut on Saturday Night Live), Billie Bird, Brian Backer, Corinne Bohrer and Tab Thacker.

You will also get a look at Sharon Stone, Randall "Tex" Curtis and Derek McGrath.

Leslie Easterbrook does a wet t-shirt scene. Billie Bird is a laugh riot.

In this DVD, Special Features includes additional scenes not shown in theatres. Some of the cut scenes included Sharon Stone.

Easter Egg: Click down until you underline "Theatrical Trailer". Then press the "right" button. You should see red keys appear on the clipboard paper. Press "Enter" for a three-minute clip about the skateboarders.

Movie runs: 87 min.

The next film in the series: Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 19 days ago by gary gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Police academy 4 Citizens on patrol

Very Funny.
Published 1 month ago by Caden LaPlante
4.0 out of 5 stars Police Academy 4
Funny but not as funny as earlier versions. Sometimes 4 movies are too many for a film that is based on some weak premises. Still it is a fun movie to watch once.
Published 10 months ago by Dana Kinsey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
This is a timeless classic movie that we simply love! Definitely a good recommendation if you haven't seen it! By far the funniest in my opinion.
Published 13 months ago by E. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly movies
The four movies have a silly sense of humor. I never understand it. I watched only because family. They love them
Published 13 months ago by Patricia Guiot
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
This movie is very funny! Steve Guttenberg is a great actor! Alot of the same actors return in this movie making it a truely great movie! All the Police Academy movies are great! Read more
Published 18 months ago by veronica larrondo
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school skateboarders rejoice! most low budget - low brow comedies are not that great by the 4th installment. Police Academy is no different. You do get some funny stuff here though. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by K. Burress
3.0 out of 5 stars Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patol
Police Academy 4 was an okay movie with some humorous episodes. Like most sequals, it isn't nearly as entertaining as the first two. Read more
Published on November 28, 2008 by Marilyn J. Root
4.0 out of 5 stars The last in a great tradition.
I am sad to see so many of the reviewers here are not even giving this movie or the other's in the series a fair chance. Read more
Published on June 7, 2008 by Old School Gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Working And Training, Training And Working
It was pretty obvious at Police Academy 3 that the series really had nowhere to go. Part 4 slams that point home rather well. There is absolutely nothing original here. Read more
Published on April 22, 2008 by Stanley Runk
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