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.
A multimillionaire, whose son and daughter are gay, leaves a will with one clause: His children will inherit his money only if at least one of them produces him a grandchild within a year of his death.
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A documentary filmmaker, who has spent the last 15 years making films like "Aluminum: Our Shiny Friend," is finally given the chance to make the documentary on Indian farming he has always ... See full summary »
An experimental, ludicrous, plotless, absurd, surreal comedy. It is seemingly intentionally impossible to understand. It leaps from scene to scene, world to world, with recurring names and ... See full summary »
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Downey takes his camera and microphone onto the streets (and into some bedrooms) for a look at Manhattan's singles scene of the late sixties. Of course, that's not all: No More Excuses cuts... See full summary »
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Robert Downey Sr.,
In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America's schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade public school classroom. Through the ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
Did anyone see you MacArthur?
Good. Now, where were we?
Here, I think.
Oh, yeah. Mmmmm, oh MacArthur.
Sit on the bed MacArthur.
Make yourself comfortable. So, these are what you wanted to see, right?
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The end credits show the opening credits sequence in reverse (the toy soldiers are falling up instead of down). See more »
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 »
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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