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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Brown ...
Ike
Tommy Citera ...
Hash
Hutch Parker ...
Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
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Chooch
Harry Teinowitz ...
Rodney Ververgaert
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Sisson
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Commandant Causeway
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Coach
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Candy
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Bliss
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Keck
Luke Andreas ...
Vitto
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Nubia
King Coleman ...
Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera ...
Mrs. Bombalazzi
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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 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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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy  »

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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 the National Lampoon's success with 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) nearly 20 years later. See more »

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When the soccer game is being announced, you can see Commandant Causeway is in the stands sitting next to his wife. Causeway reaches over and wraps his arm around Bliss. Then it cuts to a close-up of him, and you can clearly see Bliss is no longer next to him and that seat is empty. His wife also has a gas mask up to her face. Then it cuts back to Keck who is announcing Sisson's performance, and the gas mask is not on Causeway's wife's face, but instead resting on her lap. Then the camera goes to another close-up of Causeway who is asleep on Bliss's shoulder while his wife is itching her nose. But in the immediate next shot, she is setting the gas mask beside her. See more »

Quotes

Leisman: Do you like it when a gentleman ties you up?
Guard: What?
Leisman: You know... with rope.
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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 »

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Kicking Up A Fuss
Performed by Blow-Up
Words & Music by Jody Worth & Bruce Nicholson
Produced by Jody Worth & Bill Evans
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SO bad even twelve-year-olds hated it....
5 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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