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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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The education they got wasn't in books. 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

Up the Academy (1980) has a tie to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Oliver, in this film, was played by J. Hutchison. J. Hutchison is Parker Stevenson's brother. J. Hutchison is now known as Hutch Parker, and is a 20th Century Fox executive. He was one of the producers of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and there is an inside joke with this movie playing at the movie theater in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), even though it takes place in 1983, and this movie came out in 1980. See more »

Goofs

This goof is about the part where Ververgaert informs Liceman about the boys' plan to get the pictures back. While Ververgaert's talking, Liceman says "Will you go ahead?", wanting Rodney to hurry and continue with what what he's saying. Although, when Chooch plays back the conversation on his tape recorder, Liceman says "Will you go on?" See more »

Quotes

Ike: Miss Bliss?
Bliss: Did anyone see you MacArthur?
Ike: No Colonel.
Bliss: Good. Now, where were we?
Ike: Here, I think.
Bliss: Oh, yeah. Mmmmm, oh MacArthur.
Ike: Oh Colonel.
Bliss: Sit on the bed MacArthur.
Ike: Yes ma'am.
Bliss: Make yourself comfortable. So, these are what you wanted to see, right?
[...]
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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

Ron Leibman's credit was present in the theatrical release; it was removed at his instigation for home video / cable versions. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Midnight Rendezvous
Performed by The Babys
Words & Music by John Waite & Jonathan Cain
From the album "Union Jacks" (1980)
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classic 80's trash
16 February 2006 | by Judexdot1See all my reviews

back in my high school days in Salina Kansas, they filmed something called "The Brave Young Men Of Weinberg" locally, and the film crews were rather prominent for weeks. eventually, we learned that the film was "Up The Academy", and was a bit ummm, "lower brow" than we had been led to believe.

I had to see it, since I was there, and the local audiences seemed less than pleased at the showing. I was 17, and thought it was a rather artless attempt at a post "Animal house" type of comedy, right down to the fart jokes.

Watched it many times since, and my opinion has mellowed a bit. it's dumb, but at times it catches a bit of the "mad" magazine humor, at least as well as most "Mad TV". Ron Liebman might hate it, but he is nearly perfect, and unforgettable. For me, my favorite moment would have been a brief scene on Santa Fe avenue, where I had parked my car, while I was buying some guitar strings. Too bad my Pinto's brief appearance, usually seems to get cut for TV. haven't seen the new DVD, but if my old pinto is visible, they've got a sale.


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