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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 the Sheldon R. Wienberg Military Academy. The life of ... See full summary »

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Robert Downey Sr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Brown Wendell Brown ... Ike
Tommy Citera ... Hash
Hutch Parker ... Oliver (as J. Hutchison)
Ralph Macchio ... Chooch
Harry Teinowitz 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 Luke Andreas ... Vitto
Candy Ann Brown ... Nubia
King Coleman King Coleman ... Rev. MacArthur
Rosalie Citera 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

From the MADman that started it all! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brave Young Men of Weinberg See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rick Baker created the "Alfred E. Neuman" masks used in the beginning and end of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the soccer game is being announced, you can see Commandant Causeway is in the stands sitting next to his wife. Causeway reaches over and wraps his arm around Bliss. Then it cuts to a close-up of him, and you can clearly see Bliss is no longer next to him and that seat is empty. His wife also has a gas mask up to her face. Then it cuts back to Keck who is announcing Sisson's performance, and the gas mask is not on Causeway's wife's face, but instead resting on her lap. Then the camera goes to another close-up of Causeway who is asleep on Bliss's shoulder while his wife is itching her nose. But in the immediate next shot, she is setting the gas mask beside her. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

Ron Leibman's credit was present in the theatrical release; it was removed at his instigation for home video / cable versions. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Yes Sir, No Sir
Performed by The Kinks
Words & Music by Ray Davies (as Raymond Douglas Davies)
From the album "Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire" (1969)
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SO bad even twelve-year-olds hated it....

The only thing I remember about this movie are two things: first, as a twelve year old, even I thought it stunk. Second, it was so bad that when Mad magazine did a parody of it, they quit after the first page, and wrote a disclaimer at the bottom of the page saying that they had completely disavowed it.

If you want to see great sophomoric comedies of this period, try Animal House. It's so stupid and vulgar it lowers itself to high art. Another good selection would be Caddyshack, the classic with the late Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Murray before he became annoyingly charming, with great lines like greens keeper Carl Spackler's "Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key."


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