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Up the Academy -- An outrageous comedy about the wildest bunch of cadets ever to wreak havoc on a military academy.
Up the Academy -- This puber-comedy is a kind of mixture between 'Animal House' and 'Police Academy'. Four boys are sent...


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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:

Mike Cheswick ... Boy on Soccer Team (uncredited)

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

Ron Leibman ... Major Vaughn Liceman (uncredited)
Bill Nash ... Kevin (uncredited)
Audrey B. Nelsen ... (uncredited)
Megyn Shott ... Teen Girl at Soccer Game (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)
Aspect Ratio:
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After viewing an early screening of the film, actor Ron Leibman ("Major Vaughn Liceman") requested his name removed from the final film credits.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 7 people found the following review useful.
Stale comedy., 6 October 2001
Author: gridoon

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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