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Up the Academy (1980)

 -  Comedy  -  6 June 1980 (USA)
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This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and 'Police Academy'. Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a the Sheldon R. Wienberg military academy. The life of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Brown ...
Tommy Citera ...
Hutch Parker ...
Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
Harry Teinowitz ...
Rodney Ververgaert
Commandant Causeway
Luke Andreas ...
King Coleman ...
Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera ...
Mrs. Bombalazzi


This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and 'Police Academy'. Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a the Sheldon R. Wienberg military academy. The life of dicipline 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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Ralph Macchio's film debut. See more »


During the soccer game after Hash tells Oliver he has the key, it shows the soccer players on the field. You can see Sisson on the upper-right hand of the screen running amongst the players (you can tell it's him because of his plain black uniform and the way he's running.) In the next shot he's disappeared from the field. In the shot after that, he is on the sidelines talking to another referee: "Did you see that? They're so rough!" See more »


Ike: Just call me Ike.
Hash: Hash.
Ike: Not now, man. Maybe after dinner.
Hash: No. My *name* is Hash. It's easier to say than "El Hashid Amir Junior".
Ike: It's easier to smoke too.
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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 »


Local Hero
Performed by Blow-Up
Words & Music by Jody Worth & Bruce Nicholson
Produced by Jody Worth & Bill Evans
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classic 80's trash
16 February 2006 | by (Minneapolis MN USA) – See 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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