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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

Certificate:

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

Originally conceived as "Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy", this was an attempt cash in on the magazine's reputation following National Lampoon Magazine's success with National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). The editorial staff at Mad Magazine disowned the movie in print, and gave it a two page treatment, explicitly pointing out that Ron Leibman had the good sense to have his name removed from the credits. Ultimately, this would be Mad's last attempt at producing live-action entertainment until MADtv (1995). See more »

Goofs

In the soccer game near the end of the movie, the cadets play the faculty and alumni team. At one point, the cadets in the yellow jerseys work hard to clear the ball from deep in their own zone. However, their goalie is actually the faculty/alumni goalie, wearing the black jersey. 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

The 2006 DVD release now has all references to Mad Magazine restored. The title is also been restored due to the fact that Mad is part of DC Comics. The unaltered version was shown on the Spanish TV network, Telefutura occasionally. 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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Waaaay ahead of its time
28 January 2003 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I saw "Mad Magazine's Up the Academy" when it was first released in 1980. Just after I saw it, I read that the editors and publisher of Mad Magazine disowned the flick. In fact, I understand that the scenes of the guy in the Alfred E. Newman outfit have been cut from the movie. Also I read that supporting player Ron Leibman was so disgusted with the movie he had his credit removed. This movie had high school kids masturbating in the classroom, references to "hot beef injection" and many, many, MANY other scatological and sexually perverse goings on. Its nonsensical filth disgusted everyone who saw it in 1980.

In other words, "Up the Academy" was a visionary creation, 20 years ahead it's time.

Of course, this certainly doesn't mean it was any good.


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