Review: ‘Police Academy: Mission to Moscow’



Lassard … George Gaynes

Sgt. Jones … Michael Winslow

Sgt. Tackleberry … David Graf

Cpt. Callahan … Leslie Easterbrook

Cpt. Harris … G.W. Bailey

Kyle Connors … Charlie Schlatter

Commandant Rakov … Christopher Lee

Konstantin Konali … Ron Perlman

Katrina … Claire Forlani

Adam … Richard Israel

It’s been five years since Warners last wheeled out the boobs in blue, and the intervening span hasn’t been kind. Seventh “Police Academy” stanza, with the gang taking on the Moscow Mafia, is an inept, geriatric romp that’s for completists only. Rental hell looms for this one, which WB sneaked out in the U.K., sans press previews on June 17 and which is tentatively due for U.S. release in October.

Law and order is breaking down in Moscow, where mobster Konstantin Konali (Ron Perlman) has made millions from worldwide sales of a computer game.

In desperation, top cop Rakov (Christopher Lee) rings stateside pal Lassard (George Gaynes), who announces, “Team, we’re off to Russia — to kick many, many buttskies.”

Excuse for a plot has Konali forcing a computer nerd (Richard Israel) to install a device in the game that gives him access to security systems for world domination.

Unfunny antics include Callahan (Leslie Easterbrook) doing a spoof of Michelle Pfeiffer’s piano writhe in “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and bad-cop Harris (G.W. Bailey) in a tutu for “Swan Lake” at the Bolshoi.

Filmers obviously lost the script between LAX and Moscow airport: a subplot about a new recruit (Charlie Schlatter) falling for his cute interpreter (Claire Forlani) doesn’t even get off the blocks, and the normally reliable Bailey spends most of the pic looking like he’s lost his passport.

Michael Winslow’s regular shtick with sound effects is clumsy this time, and Easterbrook is starting to look a tad matronly for her sexpot role.

Tech credits are on the cheesy side, with dialogue that sounds as if it were recorded in a metal tank. Pic lensed in Hungary as well as Moscow.

Police Academy: Mission to Moscow

(Comedy -- Color)


A Warner Bros. release of a Paul Maslansky production. Produced by Maslansky. Co-producer, Donald L. West. Directed by Alan Metter. Screenplay, Randolph Davis , Michele S. Chodos.


Camera (color), Ian Jones; editors, Denise Hill, Suzanne Hines; music, Robert Folk; production design, Frederic Weiler; art director, Ilia Amoorsky; sound (Dolby), Steve Nelson; associate producer, Suzanne Lore; assistant director, Alex Hapsas; producer (Russia), Leonid Vereschagin; casting, Melissa Skoft. Reviewed at MGM Ewell 2, Surrey, England, June 22, 1994. Running time: 83 min.
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