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Up the Academy (1980)

R | | Comedy | 6 June 1980 (USA)
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Four boys are sent, for different reasons, to a 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.

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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

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A comedy gone totally MAD. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 »

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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

Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). 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: Just call me Ike.
Hash: Hash.
Ike: Not now, man. Maybe after dinner.
Hash: No. My *name* is Hash. It's easier to say than "El Hashid Amir Junior".
Ike: It's easier to smoke too.
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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

The 2006 DVD release now has all references to Mad Magazine restored. The title is also been restored due to the fact that Mad is part of DC Comics. The unaltered version was shown on the Spanish TV network, Telefutura occasionally. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

X Offender
Performed by Blondie
Words & Music by Debbie Harry & Gary Valentine
From the groups self-titled album (1976)
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what a movie!
15 May 2001 | by farnumSee 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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