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Up the Academy (1980)

R | | 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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6 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy  »

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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 »


This goof takes place during the scene in the game-room where Oliver, Ike, Rodney, and Hash have devised a plan to trick Chooch into thinking they're not going to try to get the pictures back. You can see the four boys at a pool table with Chooch at another pool table in the background. When the camera cuts to a close-up of Chooch, the balls on his pool table change positions. See more »


Ike: Ms. Bliss? Miss Bliss?
Guard: Hey! What are you doing here?
Ike: Uh, nothing. Just taking a walk.
Guard: Well, take it outside. Now! Let's go. Get out of that room!
Ike: Shit, this is the wrong room.
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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 »


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


We Gotta Get Out Of Here
Written & Performed by Ian Hunter
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25 January 1999 | by (Clearwater, Fl) – See all my reviews

I first caught the movie on its first run on HBO in (probably) 1981 and being 15 years old I thought the movie was hilarious. I remember NOT seeing the Alfred E. Neuman depictions shown in the theatrical trailers. When MAD Magazine satired the movie and abruptly halted half way through with apologies from the "usual gang" for lowering themselves to satire such a piece of crap, I just assumed they were poking fun at themselves, which I'm sure they were, but to seriously find them ( and Ron Liebman ) so embarrassed to remove their names from any credits, I was quite surprised. Surely there are many worse movies to be associated with. Watching the movie on video now (at age 32) with the MAD references restored, I still get a kick out of it. And being a Ron Liebman fan (Hot Rock, Where's Poppa?) I think it's his crown jewel of performances (SAY IT AGAAAAIN)

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