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Up the Academy (1980)

R | | Comedy | 6 June 1980 (USA)
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Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a Military Academy. The life of discipline asks a lot of the four geeks. Of course these boys know how to make a party out of the hard times. Will they be "real men" after one year.

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Robert Downey Sr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Brown ... Ike
Tommy Citera ... Hash
Hutch Parker ... Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
Ralph Macchio ... Chooch
Harry Teinowitz ... Rodney Ververgaert
Tom Poston ... Sisson
Ian Wolfe ... Commandant Causeway
Antonio Fargas ... Coach
Stacey Nelkin ... Candy
Barbara Bach ... Bliss
Leonard Frey ... Keck
Luke Andreas Luke Andreas ... Vitto
Candy Ann Brown ... Nubia
King Coleman King Coleman ... Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera Rosalie Citera ... Mrs. Bombalazzi
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Storyline

This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between "Animal House" and "Police Academy". Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to the Sheldon R. Wienberg Military Academy. The life of discipline asks a lot of the four geeks. Of course these boys know how to make a party out of the hard times. Will they be "real men" after one year? Written by Evert Poppen

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From the MADman that started it all! See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brave Young Men of Weinberg See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

Goofs

During the soccer game when Liceman has the ball, he shoves a kid - with a number "1" on his jersey - onto the ground. In the next shot, Sisson is helping the kid up but instead his jersey now has a "3" on it. See more »

Quotes

Leisman: [pickup line] Tickle your ass with a feather?
Party Guest: I beg your pardon?
Leisman: It's particularly nasty weather.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show the opening credits sequence in reverse (the toy soldiers are falling up instead of down). See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally presented by Mad Magazine and included scenes featuring a live-action version of Mad's character Alfred E. Neuman. Mad publisher William M. Gaines was however so disappointed with the movie that he later paid $30,000 to Warner Home Video to have them remove all the scenes featuring Neuman and all references to the magazine from the video release of the film. Reportedly, Warner later refunded the money after it was discovered that copies of the video distributed outside the USA didn't include the required cuts. See more »

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Referenced in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) See more »

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Do Anything You Wanna Do
Performed by Eddie and the Hot Rods
Words & Music by Graeme Douglas & Ed Hollis
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Such an academy!!
14 May 2004 | by swiftywhiplashSee all my reviews

A screwball, sophomoric, made-on-a-shoestring fluff-of-a-cheapo by the mentally 'very questionable' folks over at Mad Magazine, this hum-dinger of a bomb was Ralph 'Karate Kid' Macchios' feature film debut.

As lame, dunced-up and pointy-headed as this flick is, on a slow night [reeeeeeally slow!], I can't seem to stop myself from pulling this one off the shelf, now and again and vegging out in front of it with a bag of chips, a cold drink and a box of rotten fruit for throwing!

Check out Ralphs 'New Yawk by-way-of-corner store' drawl; check out the smoldering munitions insctrutor [by way of lovely Barbara Bach] who knows her way around a fully loaded 'weapon'! Check out the young misanthrope rejects from a geek festival who become Ralphs cohorts in misadventure in this dust bin disaster and most of all...most of all, sit up straight for the over starched commandant when he's on screen or you may get a stiff "DO IT AGAINNNNNN!" reproach from him! He's a very disturbed egg that one! And in need a a very BIG pill!.

Dumb as this movie is, it's one of those i keep coming back to because it's lovable, way [WAY!] off the quirk-meter and just a friggin' hoot!


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