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  (in credits order)
Wendell Brown ... Ike

Tommy Citera ... Hash
Hutch Parker ... Oliver (as J. Hutchison)

Ralph Macchio ... Chooch
Harry Teinowitz ... Rodney Ververgaert

Tom Poston ... Sisson

Ian Wolfe ... Commandant Causeway

Antonio Fargas ... Coach

Stacey Nelkin ... Candy

Barbara Bach ... Bliss

Leonard Frey ... Keck
Luke Andreas ... Vitto

Candy Ann Brown ... Nubia
King Coleman ... Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera ... Mrs. Bombalazzi
Yvonne Francis ... Commandant's Wife
James G. Robertson ... Mayor Holt
Rosemary Eliot ... Mayor Holt's Wife

Louis Zorich ... Sheik Amier
Robert Lynn Mock ... Burly Cook

Tyrees Allen ... Assistant Cook
Eric Hanson ... Tough Upperclassman
Kenneth White ... Chester (as Ken White)

Patrick McKenna ... Henchman #1
Robert Scopa ... Henchman #2
John R. Gallagher ... Landmine #1
Jack N. Stewart ... Landmine #2
John C. Ryberg ... Landmine #3
Charles Lloyd Kephart ... Landmine #4
James D. Coddington ... Landmine #5
William J.L. Bunting ... Military Instructor
Sheri Ann Hoffhines ... Candy's Roommate
Annette Katafiasz ... Another Girl

Allyson Downey ... Platoon Leader
Barbara Lindsay ... Butch Officer #1
Linda Myers ... Butch Officer #2
Brenda A. Rohr ... Tough Girl
Barbara Wisbey ... Another Butch Officer
Tanya Boyd ... Rev. Ike's 2nd Wife
Ernest Vishneske ... Camera Store Owner
Myra Benson ... Sheik's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Downey Jr. ... Boy on Soccer Team (uncredited)

Ron Leibman ... Major Vaughn Liceman (uncredited)
Bill Nash ... Kevin (uncredited)
Audrey B. Nelsen ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Downey Sr. 
Writing credits
Tom Patchett  &
Jay Tarses 

Produced by
Bernie Brillstein .... executive producer
Danton Rissner .... producer
Marvin Worth .... producer
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Ron Spang (co-editor)
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson 
Makeup Department
Nicholas Pagliaro .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ira Loonstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Forrest L. Futrell .... dga trainee (as Forrest Futrell)
Bud Molin .... second unit director
James Quinn .... first assistant director (as James J. Quinn)
Kalai Strode .... second assistant director
Art Department
Daniel R. Bentley .... property master
Ron Frazier .... construction foreman
Ben Massi .... painter
Sam Raspa .... construction coordinator
Fred Throop .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound mixer
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Herbert .... sound effects editor
Gilbert D. Marchant .... sound effects editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack Schrader .... dialogue editor
Hal Whitby .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunt coordinator
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Michael Cassidy .... stunts
Ann Chatterton .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
Laurie Creach .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Ted White .... stunts
Ray Woodford .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Campea Jr. .... best boy grip
Pat Campea Jr. .... grip
Andrew Davis .... director of photography: special effects second unit
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Henry Harrison .... first assistant camera
Paul Jacobsen .... electrician
David M. Lang .... second assistant camera
Tom May .... key grip
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: special effects unit
Frank Ruttencutter .... camera operator
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Jack Wilson .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... costume supervisor
Agnes Lyon .... costumer: women
Daniel Grant North .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Jud Nealon .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... music editor (as Hubert C. de la Bouillerie)
Jody Worth .... music supervisor (as Jody Taylor Worth)
Transportation Department
Rocky Blodgett .... transportation captain
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Lea Andrews .... production secretary
William M. Gaines .... creator: "Mad" magazine
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title montage
Nancy Hamilton .... unit publicist
Judy Rosenthal .... script supervisor
Stephanie Angelini .... production assistant (uncredited)

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87 min
Color (Technicolor)
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'J. Hutchison' is better known as Hutch Parker - brother of Parker Stevenson, and presently President of Production for 20th Century Fox Studios.See more »
Continuity: Rodney waits until his bunkmates are asleep, then runs off to tell Liceman about their plans. On his way out, he falls off the porch steps into the bushes, and his hat flies off. He gets up, and continues on his way, leaving his hat in the bushes. In the next scene, he has his hat back.See more »
Party Guest:Somebody put a turd in the punchbowl!
Chooch:[to Leisman] Help yourself sir.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"It's like a gas leak", 10 July 2007
Author: MattyBAnderson from United States

That's what my friend Brian said about this movie after about an hour of it. He wasn't able to keep from dozing off. I had been ranting about how execrable it was and finally I relented and played it, having run out of adjectives for "boring".

Imagine if you will, the pinnacle of hack-work. Something so uninspired, so impossibly dreadful, that all you want to do after viewing it is sit alone in the dark and not speak to anybody. Some people labor under the illusion that this movie is watchable. It is not, not under any form of narcotic or brain damage. I would ONLY recommend this to someone in order to help them understand how truly unbearable it is. Don't believe me? Gather 'round.

Granted, as a nation, we in America don't always portray Middle Eastern peoples in a tasteful manner. But how about a kid in a sheik outfit bowing in salaam-fashion to a stack of Castrol motor oil bottles? You'll find that here. GET IT? THE ARAB WORSHIPS OIL. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Having the kid fly planes into a skyscraper would've been more appropriate. Who in their right mind would think that was a funny joke? It's not even close to "cleverly offensive". It just sucks and makes you want to punch whomever got paid to write that bit in the face.

In the middle of the film, a five-man singing group called the "Landmines" takes the stage at an officers' ball. Okay- are you ready? The joke is THEY SING TERRIBLY AND OFF-KEY. Why did I write that in caps also? Because the joke is POUND, POUND, POUNDED INTO YOUR HEAD with a marathon of HORRENDOUS sight gags. They start off mediocre enough; glasses cracking, punch tumblers shattering... then there is, I am 100% serious, a two-frame stop-motion sequence of A WOMAN'S SHOES COMING OFF. You read that correctly- the music was so bad, in one frame, the woman's feet have shoes on. In the very next- the shoes are off!!! Get it, because the music was so bad, her shoes came off! What the F????

Then there is an endless montage of stock footage to drive home the point that the SINGING IS BAD. If any human being actually suffered through this scene in the theater without running like hell, I would be astonished. This movie is honestly like a practical joke to see how fast people would bolt out the doors. Robert Downey Sr. directs comedy the way his son commands respect by staying drug-free. Badly. Other things to watch out for:

1. The popular music shoehorned in wherever possible. Every time Liceman appears, a really inappropriate Iggy Pop song plays. Plus all the actors do their best to act like it got really chilly for some reason.

2. Barbara Bach's criminally awful accent. She sounds like she's trying to talk like a baby while rolling a marble around on her tongue. There is no nudity, and there are several scenes where the boys all moan and writhe from a glimpse of her cleavage, like they're in a community school acting class and they've been directed to act like aroused retarded people.

3. Liceman feeds his revolting dog a condom. Remember; when this movie came out throwing in "abortion" and "condom" was seen as "edgy".

4. Tom Poston plays a mincing, boy-hungry pedophile, back when Hollywood thought "pedophile" and "homosexual" were one in the same. Flat-out embarrassing.

5. Watch the ending. Nothing is wrong with your VCR. That is actually the ending. Tell me that doesn't make you want to explode everyone who's ever made any movie, ever.

Watch this at your own risk. Up The Academy has been known to actually make other movies, like The Jerk or Blazing Saddles, less funny simply by placing the videotape near them.

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