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Up the Academy (1980)

R | | Comedy | 6 June 1980 (USA)
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 ... 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)
...
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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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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The education they got wasn't in books. See more »

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Comedy

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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy  »

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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 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

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 »

Quotes

Leisman: [to the Landmines] Do you fellas have an album on sale somewhere?
[to himself]
Leisman: I'd buy their album.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

X Offender
Performed by Blondie
Words & Music by Debbie Harry & Gary Valentine
From the groups self-titled album (1976)
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Stale comedy.
6 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

A stale "misfits-in-the-army" saga, which half-heartedly attempts to be both surreal (the foreign subtitles) AND vulgar (the flatulence gags), but just ends up being a mix of many different kinds of humor, none of them followed very successfully. Barbara Bach, the Bond Girl from "The Spy Who Loved Me", has only two or three brief scenes. What a waste! (*1/2)


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