Police Academy 6 - Resistance is futile
|German title||Police Academy 6 - Resistance is futile|
|Original title||Police Academy 6: City Under Siege|
|Country of production||United States|
|length||about 84 minutes|
|Age rating||FSK 12|
|camera||Charles Rosher junior|
|cut||Hubert C. de la Bouillerie|
The Wilson Heights Gang swept the city with a crime wave. Captain Harris, who was successfully transferred away from Lassard's academy to a precinct, does not succeed in catching the gang, which is also popularized in the press. The governor has therefore asked an external group to look into the matter. To Harris' horror, it turns out to be Commandant Lassard and his team.
The team members are
- Moses Hightower
- Nick Lassard
- Debbie Callahan
- Larvell Jones
- Laverne hooks
- Douglas Fackler
Already at the first meeting it becomes clear that Harris would prefer to take over the management of the operation himself. Then there is also Commissioner Hurst, who is also attending the meeting. Absolute silence has been ordered about the status of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Wilson Heights Gang commits their next heist, a bank, and steals $ 190,000 in the process . The testimony suggests that the three gangsters are not acting on their own, but are controlled by someone in the background. As the viewer learns, that's how it is. The three only see their boss ( called mastermind ) through a milky pane.
Harris works against Lassard on the side and seeks the mayor to convince him that Lassard is just a hindrance to the investigation. The mayor tells him the only way he can get Lassard back is if Harris brings evidence.
Further investigations yield nothing, and Hurst is not happy about it. Nick Lassard points out that the valuable Zimbazwi diamond would come to town and make excellent bait. Disguised as guards, the policemen try to catch the gang in the act. Harris and Proctor are distracted by the theft alarm of a car while the criminals cut open the floor with a laser, steal the diamond and escape through the sewer system.
Nick and Eric Lassard realize that there is a leak in the task force. Nick drives out with the others and goes to an observation post. He has a hunch that something has to happen here, but doesn't want to tell the others where he got this hunch from. In fact, the gang raided a jewelry store there. For some reason, the robberies haunted the old bus route number 51. Nick confronts the gang with the others. The arrest fails.
The mayor is also present at the following briefing. Hurst informs the police that they have suspected a leak for a long time and have now searched the offices of those involved. Stolen jewelry was found in Eric Lassard's office. The mayor temporarily suspended Lassard's team.
They decide to investigate the allegations against Lassard on their own. In the city archive they find out that a planned railway line should run like an old bus line. Since land along the planned route will be very valuable and land prices will drop in areas with high crime rates, they assume that someone will want to push prices down through the crimes and then make a significant profit when the crime streak has stopped and the Land prices have increased significantly due to the new transport links. At the company that bought the land, they find out that the criminals are planning to shut down electricity across the city. This also happens shortly afterwards.
The police officers are then called to other missions to put order in the now dark city. Nick spots the three gangsters while he's on foot patrol. The policemen go into chase through the sewers and arrest the gang.
The chase for mastermind ends in Commissioner Hurst's office, who is already sitting at his desk and smoking a cigar. It's a mastermind wearing a mask. A few seconds later the real commissioner comes into the office. They arrest mastermind who turns out to be the mayor. Now it turns out that Harris was the leak as he passed information to the mayor. The mayor is now completely crazy and laughs crazy. Commissioner Hurst reinstates the troops.
Like its predecessor, this film also has a number of special features that distinguish it from the first four Police Academy films.
- As in the previous film, the previously central character of Carey Mahoney is missing . But Nick Lassard , who is similar in character, has his second appearance.
- No new figures will be introduced that will last.
- With Tommy "House" Conklin another departure can be recorded.
- In general, the film is poor in characters. The villains and the mayor are the only characters who are not already known from one of the previous films. In contrast to all previous films, there are no new characters on the side of the good guys .
- A reference to the previous films is the reunion with two supporting characters, Douglas Fackler and Max Kirkland . Fackler was trained with the other main characters in the first film and was also seen in parts 2 and 3, where he was also noticed by mishaps. This is intensified in this film, in which his clumsiness triggers many small chain reactions with fatal results, which terrifies the whole area when Fackler shows up. Despite his position as a member of Lassard's team, like in the older films, he only plays a subordinate role. Kirkland can be seen as Tackleberry's father-in-law, as in Films 2 through 4. However, his role was even smaller than there. In this film he only has one scene. Police Academy 6 is also the last film starring Max Kirkland's actor Arthur Batanides before his death.
Differences and parallels to the previous films
- Harris and Proctor are no longer serious opponents. In every scene they appear in, the two make a fool of each other in some way.
- As in the fifth film, there is a clearly drawn villain who faces the police officers as a direct opponent. In the first four films, the bad guys were comparatively unimportant and mostly nameless.
- The film was released while the Police Academy cartoon series was on American television. Both the villains and the fight scenes have cartoon-like features.
- The detachment from the subject of police training and the academy as such is stronger than in any other film. This is the only film in which neither Lassard's office nor the academy itself can be seen. Only the scene where Debbie Callahan works out in the gym could take place in the Academy.
- The gay club Blue Oyster Bar , which was a running gag in the first four films, is missing here, as in the fifth film.
- Slapstick plays an even bigger role than in the first films.
- In contrast to the other two films after Steve Guttenberg alias Carey Mahoney left, the film is set again in the unnamed city , like all Police Academy films up to the fourth part.
- For the first time, “real” police work is taking place in the form of strategic planning and covert investigations. In all of the previous films, the work of the police was essentially to catch criminals who commit their deeds in public. It is thus somewhat similar to the second part, where the newly trained police officers were deployed for the first time.
- The 6th film is the only one in the series in which there is no flirtation. In all other films, one of the popular male characters flirts with a woman, whatever has success. On the side, Debbie Callahan has several affairs and romances.
- As in the 4th film, Harris is also the head of a police station with Proctor as his assistant.
- The office of Commissioner Hurst is different from the 5th film.
Manual mistakes and inconsistencies
This film has one thing in common with its successor in that there are some obvious inconsistencies in the plot:
- The undercover operation at Union Tower is unrelated to the rest of the story as no reason was given as to why one should operate there. The impression arises that this scene was only built in as a gag for Harris and Proctor.
- The diamond that is stolen is 116,666 carats heavy, according to the label , which is over 100 times heavier than any real diamond. This may be another reference to the comic series, as cartoons often play with such elements.
- Larvell Jones performs stand-up comedy in a club when the city's power goes out. Nevertheless, the amplifier system works, which makes the whole situation ad absurdum.
- In one scene Hightower's nameplate hangs down, in the next it's straight again and shortly afterwards it hangs down again.
The film is in some ways a remake of the second film with elements of a comic series. However, the important elements of the first four films, such as police training, no longer play a role. The film is also very different from its predecessor. It is thus again something largely new and is only loosely related to the first films in the series.
|Eric Lassard||George Gaynes||Paul Bürks|
|Moses Hightower||Bubba Smith||Helmut Krauss|
|Eugene Tackleberry||David Graf||Michael Nowka|
|Larvell Jones||Michael Winslow||Joachim Tennstedt|
|Debbie Callahan||Leslie Easterbrook||Monica Bielenstein|
|Laverne hooks||Marion Ramsey||Philine Peters-Arnolds|
|Lt. Proctor||Lance Kinsey||Christian Tramitz|
|Nick Lassard||Matt McCoy||Arne Elsholtz|
|Douglas Fackler||Bruce Mahler||Stefan Krause|
|Thaddeus Harris||GW Bailey||Jürgen Kluckert|
|Commissioner Hurst||George R. Robertson||Eric Vaessen|
|Kenneth Mars||Edgar Ott|
|Ace||Gerrit Graham||Lutz Riedel|
|Ox||Darwyn Swalve||Karl Schulz|
|Mrs. Stanwyck||Billie Bird||???|
The negative trend that each of the Police Academy sequels positioned itself worse than its predecessor in the IMDb continues in this film. It was there for a long time in the list of the 100 worst films, but has since fallen out. However, it does poorly with 4.4 out of 10 possible points (as of December 30, 2019). At Rotten Tomatoes , none of the critics rated him as positive, which led to a rating of 0% (as of December 30, 2019).
"The laughs are still due to failures and arrogant boasters" on duty "who also mess with the chaotic management style."
In addition to the already mentioned return of the two supporting characters Max Kirkland and Douglas Fackler, there is a reunion with Nick Lassard , who is now a police officer in town .
The following other important people occur:
- Ace ( Gerrit Graham ), Flash ( Brian Seeman ) and Ox ( Darwyn Swalve ): the three make up the Wilson Heights Gang , who hit the city with a series of raids on behalf of Mastermind . They are not particularly intelligent, rather childish. Ace is most likely to be the head of the gang. Flash is characterized by special acrobatic skills. He makes daring jumps and is skilled with the lasso. Ox is simply heavy, tall and strong, but otherwise rather simple-minded.
- The mayor / mastermind ( Kenneth Mars ): Outwardly he pretends to be an idiot who forgets even the simplest words. He builds model ships with passion. In the background, as mastermind and client of the Wilson Heights Gang, he intends to push the land prices down so far through the crime series that he makes a good deal if he later sells the cheaply bought land again.
A specialty is Mrs. Stanwyck , played by Billie Bird , whose role was limited to being present at a reception that she finds deadly boring. Although this character is portrayed by the same actress as Mrs. Lois Feldman in the fourth film, she has a different name here. This is an exception within the Police Academy films, where otherwise a character is always played by the same actor and each actor only embodies one character.
- Police Academy 6 - Resistance is futile in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Police Academy 6 - Resistance is futile at Rotten Tomatoes (English)
- Police Academy 6 - Resistance futile at Metacritic (English)
- Police Academy 6 - Resistance Futile in the online film database
- Police Academy 6 - Resistance pointless in the German dubbing index
- Comparison of the cut versions BBFC PG - FSK 12 from Police Academy 6 - Resistance pointless at Schnittberichte.com