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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 Wendell Brown ... Ike
Tommy Citera ... Hash
Hutch Parker ... Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
Ralph Macchio ... Chooch
Harry Teinowitz 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 »

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Baker created the "Alfred E. Neuman" masks used in the beginning and end of the film. See more »

Goofs

Rodney waits until his bunkmates are asleep, then runs off to tell Liceman about their plans. On his way out, he falls off the porch steps into the bushes, and his hat flies off. He gets up, and continues on his way, leaving his hat in the bushes. In the next scene, he has his hat back. See more »

Quotes

Leisman: What did I tell you I'd do if I ever caught you stealing again?
Hash: You said you'd rip my balls off, sir.
Leisman: Say it again!
Hash: You said you'd rip my balls off, sir.
Leisman: Say it again!
Hash: You said you'd rip my balls off, sir.
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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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Street Hassle
Written & Performed by Lou Reed
From the album "Street Hassle" (1978)
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SO bad even twelve-year-olds hated it....

The only thing I remember about this movie are two things: first, as a twelve year old, even I thought it stunk. Second, it was so bad that when Mad magazine did a parody of it, they quit after the first page, and wrote a disclaimer at the bottom of the page saying that they had completely disavowed it.

If you want to see great sophomoric comedies of this period, try Animal House. It's so stupid and vulgar it lowers itself to high art. Another good selection would be Caddyshack, the classic with the late Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray before he became annoyingly charming, with great lines like greens keeper Carl Spackler's "Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key."


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