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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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Wendell Brown ...
Ike
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Hutch Parker ...
Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
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Harry Teinowitz ...
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Commandant Causeway
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Coach
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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 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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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy  »

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Ralph Macchio's film debut. See more »

Goofs

This goof is about the part where Ververgaert informs Liceman about the boys' plan to get the pictures back. While Ververgaert's talking, Liceman says "Will you go ahead?", wanting Rodney to hurry and continue with what what he's saying. Although, when Chooch plays back the conversation on his tape recorder, Liceman says "Will you go on?" See more »

Quotes

Bliss: Oh MacArthur! Oh!
Ike: Colonel. I'd love to stay and get together but I gotta get outta here.
Bliss: Is it something I said? Did I come on too strong?
Ike: No. I just have to go and meet the guys.
Bliss: Don't you want to meet these guys?
Ike: I would. But my friends are counting on me.
Bliss: Okay. Meet me in my room later. I'll be waiting.
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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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Referenced in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) See more »

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We Live For Love
Performed by Pat Benatar
Words & Music by Neil Giraldo
From the album "In The Heat Of The Night" (1979)
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what a movie!
15 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I think this movie is really funny. Especially the part where all the cadets sit around in the dorm making fun of Major Vaughn. It's so funny because its true! I know - I went to a military school just like the Sheldon R. Wienberg Military Academy. This is the best work that Ralph Machio has done since Eight is Enough. Everyone should rent "Up the Academy" today!


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